Written By Mikey Sutton • Editor-in-Chief • Owner
The media labeled Zack Snyder DC fans as toxic; however, this is completely untrue.
Yes, there is a minority in Zack Snyder fandom who fit that description.
Some engage in such behavior to boost ad revenue to their YouTube channels or websites; on the other hand, a few simply have poisonous personalities.
Nevertheless, every group has its share of toxicity.
From religious followers to political nerds to sports fanatics, there are snakes in the grass everywhere.
For example, watch New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox acolytes lunge at each other’s throats during the playoffs.
For some reason, though, the toxic tag is often tossed onto Zack Snyder DC fans like they’re unwanted freaks.
Moreover, WarnerMedia CEO Ann Sarnoff joined the chorus of boos.
Sarnoff admitted to Variety:
That behavior is reprehensible no matter what franchise you’re talking about or what business you’re talking about. It’s completely unacceptable. I’m very disappointed in the fans that have chosen to go to that negative place with regard to DC, with regard to some of our executives.
Quite frankly, Sarnoff came across as a Karen.
Would you like cheese with your whine?
She tossed everyone into the trash.
On some level, her bitterness is understandable.
After all, there are some nasty folks out there.
Nevertheless, she’s misinformed.
Can you imagine Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige bashing the MCU fans who demanded that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier be a gay love story?
Furthermore, Warner Bros.’ inability to reason and communicate with Snyder fans is among the worst PR disasters in decades.
The hypocrisy of a studio operating in such a toxic manner to supposedly toxic followers is shocking.
From my perspective, he has among the most passionate fans I’ve ever seen.
They moved mountains on social media to have The Snyder Cut finished and released.
Warner Bros. swiped left.
Warner Bros. slammed the doors in their faces and left them out in the cold.
How well did The Snyder Cut do?
We won’t tell you.
By the way, thank you for seeing and loving The Snyder Cut.
However, Joss Whedon’s Justice League, which you and everyone else despised, is canon instead.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m not raising any claims of entitlement.
But the absolutely rude treatment of corporate heads to a paying and outspoken group of loyal fans is both stupid and baffling.
Granted, Zack Snyder can be a polarizing filmmaker.
Zack Snyder DC Fans Are Passionate, Not Toxic
Admittedly, it took me years to appreciate how talented he truly is.
In my opinion, 2007’s 300 is the finest, sharpest distillation of Zack Snyder’s dark magic.
300 captures Zack Snyder’s ’80s adult comics passions like no other; it is both Heavy Metal and Savage Sword of Conan.
Zack Snyder’s brutal, dazzling graphics locks an irresistible groove with writer/artist Frank Miller’s testosterone.
They are meant for one another.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League mashes Tim Burton’s Gothic beauty with the existential fantasy of Wim Wenders’ 1987 classic, Wings of Desire. It is unlike any other superhero movie.
It is Snyder’s uncompromising vision.
If fans are upset because DC doesn’t want to produce more, there are valid reasons for that.
Unlike other comic-book directors, there’s a personal touch to Zack Snyder’s work that is lost, I believe, in the older generation.
Zack Snyder’s DC pictures leave many in their 40s and above cold or annoyed.
Not all; I don’t like to generalize.
But I do feel Zack Snyder, especially on Man of Steel and his version of Justice League, speak to a generation who is pissed off at the world or brimming with anxieties.
His anguished Superman is their Man of Steel.
His Cyborg is their Cyborg.
That kind of emotional connection with a certain demographic generates ferocious, intense loyalty.
It’s not toxic.
Snyder is the Morrissey of comic-book directors.
As with Morrissey, fans see themselves in Zack Snyder’s art.
He is the Pied Piper of gloom.
Morrissey, too, is polarizing.
You either love Morrissey’s songs or you hate them.
There’s rarely any middle ground.
I can’t speak for all Zack Snyder followers.
But I am one.
No toxicity here.
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