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Zack Snyder is all about 300-ifying George Washington

03.02.2016

Right now, whenever Zack Snyder opens his mouth and something Superman or Batman comes out, everyone is all over it trying to sift through every last detail for some hidden gem. Hell, if Snyder were to sneeze and Superman or Batman snot were to come flying out, we'd all be there to wipe it up. (Sorry for the gross visual.)

But with BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE almost here, let's take a break from what he's got going on in the DC Cinematic Universe and focus on another of his truly bizarre ideas that is getting lost in the shuffle while we focus on Metropolis and Gotham. Zack Snyder wants to make a 300-style George Washington movie... and no, I am 100% absolutely not shitting you.

Bloomberg recently did a piece on Snyder during which the filmmaker made a comment on a particular print that hangs on the wall in his office - Emanuel Leutze’s Washington Crosses the Delaware. Turns out that it isn't there simply for decoration but also inspiration as every time Snyder takes a glance at it, he thinks to himself, "I can turn that into a movie."

“We were talking about it,” Snyder says. “The first thing we asked was, well, how are we going to make it look? I pointed at this painting. It looks like 300. It’s not that hard.”

I realize there is a great amount of hate for anything Snyder does on some sort of general principle that people don't like the guy or whatever he then does. And I realize that the idea of a 300-style flick of George Washington crossing the Delaware River sounds batshit crazy... But doesn't that almost then turn such a ridiculous idea into the kind of movie you'd one day like to see get made? Isn't it so strange and so out there that your curiosity needs to see it come to fruition, if for no other reason than to witness how it'd turn out? I know I'd be on-board with giving this film a good look because... well, it's too insane not to.

Granted, Zack Snyder is a little busy with building the DC Cinematic Universe right now, but one day... one day... Maybe we'll all get to realize this wild dream.

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1:35PM on 03/04/2016
I'd be down for a hyper-stylized version of the American Revolution.
I'd be down for a hyper-stylized version of the American Revolution.
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8:27PM on 03/03/2016
Also for anyone saying that 300 wasn't accurate to history it was never meant to be. It was meant to be accurate to Frank Millers comic which was itself a mythologized telling of real events. Snyder recognized this.
Also for anyone saying that 300 wasn't accurate to history it was never meant to be. It was meant to be accurate to Frank Millers comic which was itself a mythologized telling of real events. Snyder recognized this.
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8:16PM on 03/03/2016
First of all I'm not sure based on that comment he wants it to look and feel exactly like 300. I'm really down for a George Washington movie and honestly If Snyder wants to do a US History mythologized epic I'd be down for that as well. There are few American historical figures more suited to a 300 style treatment than Washington. Lastly at the very least it's a movie about one of the founding fathers (they seem to have been pretty unfairly neglected on the film side of things).
First of all I'm not sure based on that comment he wants it to look and feel exactly like 300. I'm really down for a George Washington movie and honestly If Snyder wants to do a US History mythologized epic I'd be down for that as well. There are few American historical figures more suited to a 300 style treatment than Washington. Lastly at the very least it's a movie about one of the founding fathers (they seem to have been pretty unfairly neglected on the film side of things).
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4:13PM on 03/03/2016
Ive enjoyed his movies, I think he's a great action director! And I love what he's doing for DC right now. I really don't understand the hate this guy gets.
Ive enjoyed his movies, I think he's a great action director! And I love what he's doing for DC right now. I really don't understand the hate this guy gets.
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2:00PM on 03/03/2016

aw hells no

we don't need any more "rah rah USA" crap to gin up the conservatives. If there was any chance of Snyder being remotely historically accurate, then maybe. But the guy is clearly not concerned with accuracy, or storytelling for that matter.
we don't need any more "rah rah USA" crap to gin up the conservatives. If there was any chance of Snyder being remotely historically accurate, then maybe. But the guy is clearly not concerned with accuracy, or storytelling for that matter.
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8:19PM on 03/03/2016
I would like nothing more than for this movie to get made and be exactly what you just described.
I would like nothing more than for this movie to get made and be exactly what you just described.
8:52AM on 03/03/2016
Other than people's hate for Zack Snyder, why would this be a bad movie?

300 was a great action movie. Sure it was completely over the top and some spots just became too unrealistic to the actual event being told. But the overall product made for a really entertaining story.

I don't see why the same visuals couldn't be used to tell a story about George Washington.
Other than people's hate for Zack Snyder, why would this be a bad movie?

300 was a great action movie. Sure it was completely over the top and some spots just became too unrealistic to the actual event being told. But the overall product made for a really entertaining story.

I don't see why the same visuals couldn't be used to tell a story about George Washington.
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12:38PM on 03/03/2016
300 was decent because it had the slow motion gimmick that wowed people. It was also the first time he used his "style" and by now his gimmicks and style are just ways to cover up how horrible he really is at directing. He has no real style, he just films stuff and tells an editor to make it look more like a comic book. He is a hack. A good director has range, different skills and his or her movies stand out for different reasons. Snyders movies are just all the same, they look the same, they
300 was decent because it had the slow motion gimmick that wowed people. It was also the first time he used his "style" and by now his gimmicks and style are just ways to cover up how horrible he really is at directing. He has no real style, he just films stuff and tells an editor to make it look more like a comic book. He is a hack. A good director has range, different skills and his or her movies stand out for different reasons. Snyders movies are just all the same, they look the same, they use the same gimmicks and none of them stand out.
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11:26PM on 03/02/2016

actually makes sense

we usually think of George Washington as this pudgey old guy, on the $1 bill, but we forget that he was a badass in his war-fighting days. i'd like to see a movie about that.
we usually think of George Washington as this pudgey old guy, on the $1 bill, but we forget that he was a badass in his war-fighting days. i'd like to see a movie about that.
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12:36PM on 03/03/2016
Where did you go to school? Washington was a horrible general who lost most of his battles. He was a better politician than general, the only reason he became the president was because he was the only one who had the idea to do things differently than a King. He sold the idea of a full democracy to the people and they wanted him to be the first President to show them how a country should be run, he was a guinea pig. He wasn't a badass at all.
Where did you go to school? Washington was a horrible general who lost most of his battles. He was a better politician than general, the only reason he became the president was because he was the only one who had the idea to do things differently than a King. He sold the idea of a full democracy to the people and they wanted him to be the first President to show them how a country should be run, he was a guinea pig. He wasn't a badass at all.
8:19PM on 03/02/2016
Wow people need to relax. I generally liked most of Snyder's movies. I loved 300 and Watchmen. Suckerpunch was pretty lame but he's not terrible by any means. I think this sounds kind of cool. Make a kickass movie about Washington that looks like a moving historical painting. Sounds interesting. I'm down!
Wow people need to relax. I generally liked most of Snyder's movies. I loved 300 and Watchmen. Suckerpunch was pretty lame but he's not terrible by any means. I think this sounds kind of cool. Make a kickass movie about Washington that looks like a moving historical painting. Sounds interesting. I'm down!
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7:11PM on 03/02/2016
Instead of 'this is Sparta' it can be 'THIS IS AMERICA'.
Instead of 'this is Sparta' it can be 'THIS IS AMERICA'.
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7:06PM on 03/02/2016
Robot Chicken already did this with "1776" It an't accurate but it will blow you f-ing mind!
Robot Chicken already did this with "1776" It an't accurate but it will blow you f-ing mind!
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8:20PM on 03/02/2016
I love that skit!
I love that skit!
8:59PM on 03/02/2016
Are we 100% that he's not joking somehow? Seems like a big coincidence. [link]
Are we 100% that he's not joking somehow? Seems like a big coincidence. [link]
6:44PM on 03/02/2016
Wow, that sounds like one of the worst things ever.
Wow, that sounds like one of the worst things ever.
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6:15PM on 03/02/2016

This douche is a one trick pony who forces his shitty style on everything

Yeah, can we all agree Zack Snyder is an asshat who can't direct and uses the same shitty gimmicks to cover up how horrible he really is. Man of Steel was horrible, BvS looks like its going to suck as well. 300 was a gimmick film and Sucker Punch was awful. Watchmen wasn't that great either. It's just the shitty visual style he forces on these movies makes them so much worse than they should be.
Yeah, can we all agree Zack Snyder is an asshat who can't direct and uses the same shitty gimmicks to cover up how horrible he really is. Man of Steel was horrible, BvS looks like its going to suck as well. 300 was a gimmick film and Sucker Punch was awful. Watchmen wasn't that great either. It's just the shitty visual style he forces on these movies makes them so much worse than they should be.
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5:54PM on 03/02/2016
I suppose Washington will require quite some 300-fying. Isn't he supposed to be have been a terrible general?
I suppose Washington will require quite some 300-fying. Isn't he supposed to be have been a terrible general?
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12:09AM on 03/03/2016
No, not at all. He was going against the most powerful military in the world, with partisans and very little supplies. It's a miracle we won at all, due in large part to French assistance and the funding from the Charles Carroll family of Baltimore.
No, not at all. He was going against the most powerful military in the world, with partisans and very little supplies. It's a miracle we won at all, due in large part to French assistance and the funding from the Charles Carroll family of Baltimore.
8:47AM on 03/03/2016
"Not at all" is quite the opposite of what I was taught by scholars on the subject. I won't pretend to be much of a US historian but the facts that were laid out clearly made him out to be a poor leader indeed. Lots of luck and riding on coattails was his his MO, as I understood it.
"Not at all" is quite the opposite of what I was taught by scholars on the subject. I won't pretend to be much of a US historian but the facts that were laid out clearly made him out to be a poor leader indeed. Lots of luck and riding on coattails was his his MO, as I understood it.
5:36PM on 03/02/2016

hunh?

"And I realize that the idea of a 300-style flick of George Washington crossing the Delaware River sounds batshit crazy... But doesn't that almost then turn such a ridiculous idea into the kind of movie you'd one day like to see get made?"
No...no it does not.
"And I realize that the idea of a 300-style flick of George Washington crossing the Delaware River sounds batshit crazy... But doesn't that almost then turn such a ridiculous idea into the kind of movie you'd one day like to see get made?"
No...no it does not.
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5:25PM on 03/02/2016
Yikes
Yikes
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