James Cameron Names Zack Snyder As An Inspiration

One of the names mentioned by Titanic and Avatar helmer James Cameron is no other than the DC Extended Universe creator Zack Snyder.

I don’t think many people would have guessed this one! In an interview with Comic Book Debate, famed director James Cameron was asked what film makers he admires and is inspired by. Cameron first mentions some masters of film such as Hitchcock before going to the directors that continue to inspire him today. One of the names mentioned is no other than the DC Extended Universe creator Zack Snyder.

Cameron calls to attention that Zack Snyder is an established film maker now, but that he remembers when Zack Snyder first broke onto the scene, presumably with Dawn of the Dead and 300. He comments that he was thrilled with people like Snyder who were “creating their own new cinematic language” and breaking film conventions in the process.

Zack Snyder is definitely an interesting choice to highlight since so many people seem to have a problem with him, but the more you think about it, the more it makes sense. Most of the criticism against Zack Snyder has not been his film making ability but rather his misunderstanding of characters, or misinterpreting of the superhero mythos. As a director, Zack Snyder certainly demands respect, even if the content of his films are not to your liking.

Curiously, Cameron also specifically names Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) and Tim Miller (Deadpool) as other influences besides Zack Snyder. Thus, three out of the four people named (Cameron first mentioned Ridley Scott), are known for their comic book works! Here’s hoping James Cameron joins the fad. Hey, I heard The Batman is open…

Recently, Cameron actually did comment on why he is not interested in directing a superhero film. It comes down to Cameron wanting to work with his own material and not having to worry about fitting a movie in with a pre-existing franchise. He has however, voiced some interest in returning to The Terminator franchise (with Tim Miller!) once the right are reverted back to him.

Unfortunately we might all have to wait to hear about anything new from James Cameron for quite some times as he works on the next FOUR Avatar movies. In 2 short years, it will be a decade since the original released.

Source: Comic Book Debate