Originally Posted by Silock
I think the thing he has generally failed at is style over substance, which isn't what reboot fans want.
I'd have to understand what you mean specifically. With 300 and Watchmen, he was making a movie based on materials that already existed, and his job was to capture the mood of these established pieces of work on the Silver Screen. He did this very well with both Watchmen and 300. I'm not sure what sort of "substance" you could be looking for out of these movies, because they were both faithful to the sourcework.
It's one thing not to like these movies for whatever reason you might not like them, but to say that Snyder didn't deliver any substance to them - I'm not sure what you could possibly be looking for that wasn't there. He was faithful to the art that was already established.
Outside of these two movies, we have Michael Jordan's Playground and Dawn of the Dead (I'm not counting Owl's because it's new and I haven't seen it yet to comment). Am I to understand that you were looking for more substance in Dawn of the Dead? I mean, it's a zombie movie.
Without you commenting specifically about the substance you think was lacking, I have to believe that you're just one of these types who finds enjoyment in being hyper-critical because it's cooler not to like something, than to like it and have to defend it.
A lot of people are anticipating a sort of revitalization of the franchise as has been done with Batman.
Lofty expectations, and I'm just not sure it can be done. Batman is only a man, so everything that happens within the universe is more realistic. being an alien automatically makes the film more difficult to make "gritty" like the new Batman.
This is exactly why Snyder is the right choice for this. With Batman, it wasn't visually stylized in the way that 300 or Watchmen were. It had it's own gritty style, but it was very connected to flesh and bone reality - as though this is something that could really happen. With
, the challenge is keeping the viewer's suspension of disbelief in tact, and this will be much easier to do if the viewer is lost in the art while following the movie.