Geeks and gamers have been at odds with each other since the dawn of time, but that doesn’t stop people from being fans of both. In this case, one gamer is supporting a director who has been fired by Marvel for making some questionable jokes on Twitter.
‘Geeks + Gamers’ is a combination of the terms “geeks Jeremy Griggs Backs James Gunn’s DC Carte Blanche While Hating Zack Snyder Constantly
James Gunn discussed his newest DC picture, The Suicide Squad, and the creative freedom he had while creating it at DC FanDome.
“That’s the greatest night of my life,” Gunn remarked during a discussion of certain sequences in a film where (SPOILERS) several major characters die. “I was allowed to do it at Warner Bros.’ funeral.” Gunn’s early use of free reign to murder key characters in his first DC film was pure shock value, demonstrating that DC no longer cares and would let its filmmakers do anything they want.
It’s a striking contrast to past DC filmmakers like Zack Snyder and Patty Jenkins, who also struggled with creative autonomy in their own DC films.
It’s odd that DC is now taking this approach, allowing directors complete creative control over the story and fate of major DC characters who were already established in a previous film (Suicide Squad) – which they chopped to shreds and has earned the moniker “Studio Squad” among the film’s detractors.
If the nickname for a movie that was heavily edited and far removed from director David Ayer’s vision is any indication of what we’re dealing with at DC and Warner Bros., the next item will solidify the notion that DC destroyed their extended universe franchise by refusing to give their previous directors complete creative control.
In 2013, Zack Snyder launched the DCEU with Man of Steel, a film that received mixed reviews. It’s been compared to a good sci-fi film but “a poor Superman movie,” according to Jeremy of Geeks + Gamers and Rotten Tomatoes certified reviewers like Grant Watson, who said in his Fiction Machine review, “Here’s the major problem: it’s a strong movie, but a terrible Superman movie.” The contrast between Jeremy and a Rotten Tomatoes reviewer will delight him.
After I uploaded this Gunn clip, I received the following message:
Imagine the outrage if @ZackSnyder said something similar regarding one of his DCEU films. @Itssan17 pic.twitter.com/3ZF3OhmNHU #RestoreTheSnyderVerse
October 16, 2021 — Lyndon Hall (@L Hall91)
“Gunn really produces excellent movies,” Jeremy replied, repeating his old “Zack Snyder stinks” spiel. That’s the distinction.” When it comes to art, and movies are art, that assertion is completely subjective.
I, on the other hand, did not like James Gunn’s Suicide Squad, and I certainly do not agree with Jeremy that Gunn’s picture is “better than all of Snyder’s DCEU, and it’s not even close.”
It was all for the sake of shock value. Okay, here’s some proof.
With both, I had complete creative freedom, but Squad is classified R, so there are no restrictions. The majority of it is due to the fact that I have allowed myself to become more erratic.
3 July 2021 — James Gunn (@JamesGunn)
But if Zack Snyder said the same thing about Man of Steel or Batman v. Superman, it would be “WB’s funeral” (he wouldn’t, because he cared about the universe he was creating, unlike Gunn’s planned destruction of The Suicide Squad.) Then critics and DC/Warner executives would slam Snyder, asking, “Why are you in charge of our most valuable IPs if you just want to ruin everything?”
Gunn had to demolish the pieces DC left from the s***show produced when they brought in Joss Whedon (Marvel’s Avengers 1 and 2) to stick together and re-shoot numerous sequences for Justice League, more popularly known as Josstice League, while Zack was creating a franchise for them to launch.
For a variety of reasons, the claim that Batman v. Superman “didn’t even surpass $900 million” is absurd.
1. The theatrical version and the Ultimate Edition include distinct versions, implying that the studio trimmed the film, denying theatergoers the entire vision of the filmmaker.
2. Because BVS and Captain America: Civil War were published around the same time in 2016, a lot of comparisons were made. Captain America 3 was the 13th MCU movie featuring previously established characters in a solid series, whereas BVS was the second in a franchise. WB is believed to have hurried BVS in order to compete with Marvel. If that’s the case, it’s not Zack’s fault; it’s the studio’s.
3. I think that a standalone Batman film would have done a better job of setting up a confrontation between the two superhero heavyweights, Batman and Superman, than making it the second installment of a series. A standalone Batman film would have drawn in viewers and familiarized them with both sides, preparing them for their confrontation.
Warner execs may not like Snyder or his films, which they messed with, but his fans do, with #RestoreTheSnyderVerse continuously trending on social media. Likes on Snyder material, dislikes on Whedon stuff, dislikes and comments when Warner Bros. leaves a 4K trailer for Zack Snyder’s Justice League unlisted have all flooded the Warner Bros. YouTube page. The 4K trailer is still unavailable as of this writing.
“Tweets and hashtags evidently mean we simply get more sh***y Snyder movies,” Jeremy could now remark. That is the reasoning of the left.” Regardless of whether you believe Zack Snyder’s Justice League is s***y or not, I seem to recall that tweets and hashtags played a big role in its distribution. The campaign to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut instead of the studio’s “canon” version of Justice League was a long and winding road.
If supporting a film in whatever way you can, such as using hashtags, causes a multibillion-dollar corporation buckle and create the film they were originally meant to, then your political compass is wrong.
You also don’t have to see any of Snyder’s films if you don’t like them. DC is a multiverse, and they’ve said that they want to go in a different path for the time being, so maybe you’ll like whatever they offer you, and I won’t have to listen to you complain about Snyder any longer… I mean, who am I kidding? You’ll never be able to quit.