To quote the Morpheus Meme: “What if I told you, Wonder Woman is more a Zack Snyder film than Man of Steel or Batman v Superman?”
If you watched my video essay above, you might have a better understanding of my reasoning behind the claim. For a director with a certain look, you would think Wonder Woman might take fighting cues from 300, and color pallets from Man of Steel or Batman v Superman. That’s not to say that Patty Jenkins doesn’t have her own style and flair on the film. I actually believe she paid more homage to Snyder than anyone has given her credit for. I could highlight a lot of my points from the video here, but that would defeat the purpose of having said video. Just know that from the Timeline Ramping, to the colors, and treatment of characters, Patty respected Zacks vision on how Wonder Woman fit within the DC Universe and allowed her own style to shine through.
I will, however, talk about things I do not discuss in the video. I also want to say that I am, in NO way, diminishing what Patty Jenkins did with her film, or the character. It is her movie through and through. This thesis of sorts is merely about the claim that Zack had NO involvement whatsoever on the film, in ANY capacity. Without factual evidence, how do we determine what he did and did not do? Well, one major thing we know for sure, is that he is credited for the story, which equates to what happens in the film, coming from his mind. I don’t know how much clearer I can say that in laymen’s terms that Snyder helped develop the story other than this: The story was developed with Snyder’s help. If that sounds redundant, that’s because it is. Some people will actually try their best to say Snyder had no involvement with Wonder Woman, and to them, I’ll quote the great philosopher, Archer Sterling: “Jesus, read a book!”
Seriously though, how does one understand that without a story, you have no script? And if you have no script, you have no film. Maybe it’s the stubbornness in some, that won’t except the fact that they enjoyed a film that was influenced by the legend himself. Or maybe they’re just so molded by the dark, that when they see the light, it’s nothing to them but blindness. Who knows? But I will say that Zack Snyder won an AFI award for Wonder Woman. That would have only been possible if he had some sort of help in making the film, since I don’t think they just give those away to anyone.
Then there’s the fact that, had Snyder not involved Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman, we wouldn’t even be having this discussion right now. Everyone wants to praise Jenkins for doing a phenomenal job (which she deserves because she did) but no one wants to admit that she wouldn’t have even found Gal Gadot for the role if she was in charge:
“I remember when I read in the news that Wonder Woman had been cast and my heart sank. I had been talking to the studio for so long about doing it and I was like well ‘that’s that.’ I’m sure we wouldn’t have made the same choice. And then I started paying attention to her, and watching her and looking at her and it was just unbelievable. Frankly, I think they did a better job than I could have because I don’t know that I would have scoured the earth as hard to find her. I don’t know that I would’ve looked internationally. I would have just looked for an American girl. The fact that they found Gal and chose her is a magical gift to me.”
Many turn a blind eye in not recognizing just how crucial Zack Snyder was in shaping the Wonder Woman we are currently blessed with, in Gal Gadot. Some give claim that they only enjoyed Wonder Woman because they don’t like Zack Snyder as a director. Now, let’s think about that logically. If I don’t like something, why would I EVER compare something I DO like, to something I don’t when explaining WHY I like something? “Hey, this sushi taste great compared to that one time I got food poisoning. That’s why THIS sushi is the best sushi to eat.” If that sounds asinine, that’s because it is. There is absolutely NO reason to bring up food poisoning to the amazing meal I’m having, even if it’s from the same restaurant. But alas, in cinema, I hear that type of comparison when pundits criticize DC Films. I enjoy film based on their own merits, because, again, why would I compare what I’m watching to something I don’t like, instead of enjoying my experience? Maybe they’re not like me, I guess. Maybe some can only think about things they hate because their sub-conscience doesn’t understand how to correlate what they don’t understand, with something they are trying to make themselves hate for no valid reason. Maybe they get upset at their own ignorance and can only express hate towards a film that isn’t simple or a retelling of a past film that they can compare it to, therefore, it’s not “good”.
I call that: The Enviers Mindset. The film critic analogy to taking your ball and going home because no one wants you on their team. If only you just realized you weren’t good. That taking your ball ends the game for the people who are succeeding at it. That maybe, you’d be perfectly happy if the real players kept it, while you watched from the stands, enjoying the gladiator match as a fan, instead of succumbing to anger, that they’re playing with something you once had. All the while, playing the game better than you ever did. The moment you allow that anger to ruin the game for everyone because you want your ball back, is the moment the game ends.
But who really wins? You, because you got what you wanted and prevented new players to join and continue, in a fit of jealousy that they’re better than you at it? Or the players who decided that they’ll start a different game, one where they provide their own ball with no score and just enjoy continuing playing without you?
If you can’t tell, that’s commentary on some critics bemoaning over a film because they think they can make it better than the actual director. When in actuality, if that was the case, they would be making films instead of writing about them. They cease to enjoy creativity because of their failed attempt. God forbid a film takes itself seriously, no matter the genre. If it’s not “Fun, Funny, and a Fun time at the movies”, it’s deemed ‘not good’. And the moment they witness an artist create genre defining cinema, especially in Comic Book Movies, you can bet all that anger and confusion comes full steam ahead. Ah, the plot thickens.
Can anyone also tell me why Wonder Woman is allowed to have a night time battle for the final act, and Batman v Superman isn’t? Because if you’re going to say that Snyder always has night time shots, Patty Jenkins practically ends the whole 3rd act at night. Unless, you’re just using another baseless argument, but I digress.
Another thing that baffles me, is when a Social Justice Warrior (SJW) wants to fight on behalf of people without the consent of the very people they are “protecting”. Take for instance, the call that Zack Snyder’s Justice League (the Amazon scene is pretty much the ONLY scene in Justice League not tampered with by the studio or Joss Whedon), was a male gaze with the Amazon’s outfits because some had midriff showing. They neglect the fact that Wonder Woman has some, if not the EXACT same outfits used in both films. Even Lindy Hemming mentioned how she worked to keep Michael Wilkinson’s inspirations on the outfits. But of course, that’s not enough proof. It finally took an actress from Justice League to come out and tell everyone who was in an uproar, that they not only felt like their outfits made them feel beautiful, but that Snyder never made them feel like they were only in the outfits because Zack was a male, while Patty was a female.
Sometimes, I feel like people want to attack Zack because, even by speaking his name, garners a lot of attention. It’s the only thing I can think of since, from everything we know, he’s not a murderer aiding and abetting drug cartels from Mexico. Maybe he’s just a guy, trying to do the right thing. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below and thank you for reading.