Zack Snyder’s Favorite Movies Include No DC Films

Written By Mikey Sutton • Editor-in-Chief • Owner

Director Zack Snyder’s five favorite movies contain no DC movies. Given his bad experiences with DC Films, perhaps that’s expected. On the other hand, that probably has nothing to do with it.

After all, Zack Snyder could’ve listed the five most personal movies for him. That no DC films are listed is simply a coincidence. Indeed, they could’ve missed the top five. In addition, there are no superhero pictures at all. Well, a single entry is on the border of being one.

Zack Snyder is 56. In other words, he’s near the beginning of Generation X. Certainly, his tastes reflect that; moreover, so does his artistic style.

John Boorman’s 1981 adult fantasy Excalibur stands out as an obvious inspiration for Snyder. His 300 movie echoes Excalibur’s visionary brilliance. Like 300, Excalibur looks ripped from Heavy Metal magazine. It’s the legend of King Arthur on steroids.

Furthermore, Zack Snyder’s Justice League quotes Excalibur as well:

The future has taken root in the present.

Zack Snyder’s Favorite Movies Include No DC Films

Zack Snyder's Favorite Movies Include No DC Films

Image: Warner Bros.

In short, Zack Snyder feels love for Excalibur.

Likewise, Max Max 2: The Road Warrior reflects itself onto 300 as well. As a matter of fact, the movie’s epic, over-the-top violence is pure Snyder. He learned some of his cinematic vocabulary here. No doubt about it. Watch it.

Every movie is from the ’80s except for one. That’s Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 cult classic, A Clockwork Orange. Some countries banned this controversial science-fiction drama. Although released in 1971, videocassettes and cable TV elevated its profile in the ’80s.

As a matter of fact, A Clockwork Orange influenced some of DC’s ’80s comic books like V for Vendetta and Watchmen. Zack Snyder adapted the latter.

David Lynch’s freak show Blue Velvet and RoboCop completed Snyder’s picks. Regarding Blue Velvet, Zack Snyder said:

One of those movies that never goes where you expect and conjures a perfectly unique world.

Zack Snyder’s Favorite Movies Include No DC Films

Zack Snyder, Favorite Movies, No DC Films

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RoboCop was not really a superhero flick but it’s close. Nonetheless, RoboCop has the gritty spirit of DC’s edgiest books.

For the record, here’s his list in order:

5. Excalibur

4. Max Max 2: The Road Warrior

3. A Clockwork Orange

2. Blue Velvet

1. RoboCop

Have you seen them all?