JUSTICE LEAGUE's Zack Snyder Would Love To Direct STAR WARS But "[Doesn't] Think [He] Would Survive That"

JUSTICE LEAGUE's Zack Snyder Would Love To Direct STAR WARS But "[Doesn't] Think [He] Would Survive That"

Justice League and Army of the Dead director Zack Snyder has revealed that he would like to take the helm of a Star Wars movie, but admits that he doesn't think he'd be able to handle the experience...

Say what you will about Zack Snyder, but there's no denying that the filmmaker was put through the wringer during the production of Justice League. As a result, it's easy to understand why he would be reluctant to tackle another big budget studio project, especially when it's no secret that you can't work on something Marvel or Star Wars related without Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm getting involved. 

In terms of the latter franchise, Snyder has admitted in an interview with The Times that he would love to take a trip to a Galaxy Far, Far Away, but doesn't believe he could "survive" the experience.

"Where it gets difficult is when you take a director with a personal point of view and ask him to participate in a thing that is not asking for that," he explained. "The journeyman filmmaker? There are a lot of them, and they’re good. I just happen to have a specific point of view."

"The lesson I’ve learnt is it’s much easier for me, as a filmmaker, to create a world and invite you into it," Snyder continued. "As opposed to me saying, ‘Let me put my cog in your wheel.’ Like, I would love to make a Star Wars movie, I know a lot about it...but I don’t think I would survive that."

It's hard to read these comments without sensing a touch of arrogance on Snyder's part, and you need only look at directors like James Gunn, Taika Waititi, and Jon Favreau, who have been able to bring their unique visions to the Marvel and Star Wars Universes without comprising themselves.

Clearly, Snyder won't be tackling another well-known franchise in the near future and instead plans to tell his own original stories. That's not necessarily a bad thing, of course, and we're intrigued to see what he tackles next after bringing zombies to Netflix with the upcoming Army of the Dead


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out our ranking of all the Star Wars movies! 

11. Attack Of The Clones

Attack of the Clones certainly had its moments, but far too many of them fall into the "WTF?" category to remember this sequel with anything other than disdain.

Despite the awful subplot revolving around Anakin and Padme to Yoda's almost comically over-the-top duel with Count Dooku, this movie did still do some good with the introduction of the Clone Troopers (which led to The Clone Wars!) and some decent character beats. 

However, for every plus point, there were moments like Jango Fett being the basis for those clones (and Boba being one of them) to detract from them. Attack of the Clones was simply one of those sequels that tried to go bigger and better but ultimately failed in nearly every respect despite some impressive action scenes.
 

10. The Rise Of Skywalker

Bliss

There are a handful of great moments in The Rise of Skywalker, and it's easy enough to see why there are some Star Wars fans out there who believe this to be the perfect ending to the Skywalker Saga. When you look beyond those, though, you're left with a rushed and convoluted story that delivers the weakest final chapter of the three Star Wars trilogies. 

The Emperor's return definitely failed to live up to expectations, and a cheesy ending combined with a lot of daft decisions hurt a movie that could and should have been so much better.

J.J. Abrams' direction is solid, but it can't hold things together to make this latest effort from Lucasfilm anything more than a crushing disappointment. Simply put, it doesn't end this story in the manner it deserved, and the only reason it doesn't come in last is that it at least did some characters justice.
 

9. Revenge Of The Sith

In the final chapter of Lucas' prequel trilogy, expectations were high for the Star Wars franchise to finally reveal how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader.

The answer was mostly satisfying, but plot points like the Clone army being turned against the Jedis and making Palpatine's horrible appearance the result of deflected force lightning felt forced and downright stupid at times (it's like Lucas gave those pivotal moments almost no thought).

On the plus side, an amazing opening battle, the fight between Obi-Wan and Anakin, and those final few minutes managed to save Revenge of the Sith from complete mediocrity. It's just a shame about that damn "Nooooo!" from Vader but this certainly did its job and answered a lot of lingering questions. The same certainly can't be said about The Rise of Skywalker!
 

8. The Phantom Menace

The Phantom Menace is often cited as the worst of the Star Wars prequels, but that's simply not fair. While it's true that George Lucas' ambitions got the better of him and resulted in a bloated and oftentimes boring movie, there was some good in here which goes some way towards redeeming the first of these divisive prequels.

The podrace is undeniably thrilling and that final duel between Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui Gon Jinn and Darth Maul was downright amazing, even if the latter was an underwritten villain who is mostly remembered solely because of his appearance and a cool lightsaber.

Look past the things some fans still haven't shut up about and this was a mostly entertaining adventure that pleased its target audience (kids). We're not saying Lucas was right to take things in this direction, but there's fun to be had here - arguably more than in its two sequels. 
 

7. Solo: A Star Wars  Story

The latest (final?) Star Wars spinoff may have flopped at the box office, but it was a good time and there were heaps of memorable scenes to add to the canon, including that surprise Darth Maul cameo and Han's first meeting with Chewie.

Honestly, it's just unfortunate that the movie didn't really have a lasting impact despite how undeniably fun it often was to watch this story play out (not to mention the way it teased an eventual sequel).

Donald Glover's performance still stands out (we've very excited to see him take on a lead role in that Disney+ series and hopeful it will provide some closure), but the same can't really be said for much of the supporting cast. Ultimately, it was an enjoyable but forgettable entry in the Star Wars franchise which, despite its flaws, still manages to stand above George Lucas' prequel trilogy.
 

6. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The first of Disney's Star Wars spinoffs, Rogue One may have ultimately failed as the dark and gritty war movie we were promised, but a strong female lead and heaps of great characters and action scenes ensured that the prequel to A New Hope was definitely memorable.

It's actually a miracle that this movie was as good as it ended up being, especially as extensive reshoots and various other issues plagued the production.

Some dodgy looking CGI characters aside, Rogue One did a spectacular job of providing us with an old school Star Wars feel while delivering one of the franchise's best sequences when Darth Vader slaughtered all those Rebels! That's something every fan of this Galaxy Far, Far Away should appreciate.
 

5. The Last Jedi

The Last Jedi remains an extremely divisive movie, but so was The Empire Strikes Back when it was first released! Yes, there was a lot of humour and the answers Rian Johnson provided to some long-standing questions were underwhelming, but he deserves to be praised for helping the franchise move on from what's come before and setting the stage for what should have been an amazing finale.

Things may not have panned out exactly as some fans wanted, but this was an incredible addition to the series from a visual standpoint and one which blew us all away with a plethora of breathtaking sequences and memorable character moments.

Unfortunately, some creative decisions still don't sit right, including Luke Skywalker's new attitude. Undoing what came before to such a large extent also felt like a mistake, and is largely why the sequel trilogy feels like the competing visions of two filmmakers with very different ideas for Star Wars. Still, we'll we'll never not love the Porgs!
 

4. The Force Awakens

While J.J. Abrams has been criticised for following a similar story template to A New Hope with The Force Awakens, that did nothing to change just how special this return to form for the franchise felt.

We're not sure what went wrong a few years later, but the filmmaker did a superb job introducing new characters and embarking on what appeared to be a bold new direction for the series. Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, and Kylo Ren were all excellent as were returning cast members like Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.

Sure, it was a shame that Mark Hamill was relegated to a cameo and that Starkiller Base was a Death Star ripoff, but the movie tried to make up for that with a stunning lightsaber battle in the snow and some scenes that still stand out as being special. Mistakes were definitely made, though. 
 

3. Return Of The Jedi

Return of the Jedi was by no means a bad way to wrap up the original Star Wars trilogy, but it was always going to struggle following what came before and the inclusion of both a second Death Star and all those silly shenanigans on Endor with the Ewoks felt like a failed attempt to go bigger and better than Empire.

On the plus side, we got all that good stuff on Tatooine (slave Leia included, fellas) and an awesome final battle that pulled back the curtain on the Emperor who, just like Supreme Leader Snoke, had no backstory at the time. 

Lucas gave us a happy ending with this movie, and while it may not have been the perfect way to wrap things up, it was still pretty damn satisfying. With that in mind, it's easily still the best final chapter of a trilogy from this franchise. 
 

2. A New Hope

A New Hope is a great film, but the fact that it's the first Star Wars movie has made it a masterpiece in the eyes of some despite it actually being a relatively straightforward affair in terms of the story. Then again, there's no denying what an impact it had at the time, and it's a hard one to fault for the most part.

Sure, Luke Skywalker is a bit of a whiner and that battle between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan is tame by today's standards (and arguably even a little dull), but there's enough greatness here to justify the love fans have for this movie.

This was where it all began for Star Wars, and the movie inspired a generation of filmmakers who are making an impact today. That aside, and it's an absolute joy to watch, with action beats it's hard to believe were created practically so many decades ago. A New Hope is a very special movie, that's for sure.
 

1. The Empire Strikes Back

A true masterpiece, The Empire Strikes Back is almost flawless and it's leaps and bounds ahead of the other two instalments of the original trilogy (both of which were helmed by George Lucas).

From that opening battle on Hoth to literally everything in between and that climactic battle between Luke and Vader, this is perhaps the greatest sequel in history and it's a movie packed full of truly iconic moments.

Of all the older Star Wars movies, this one holds up the best in terms of both special effects and the quality of storytelling on display. Like The Last Jedi, this release took the franchise in some bold and exciting new directions none of us could have seen coming at the time. 

Do you agree with this ranking of the Star Wars movies? Would you list them any differently? As always, be sure to let us know your thoughts on that in the comments section down below. 


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