Just because Zack Snyder’s Justice League can’t be nominated for an Oscar, doesn’t mean his cult following has given up hopes for another work of the director’s to be recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. After Oscar’s Twitter account encouraged fans to enter a sweepstakes by tossing their favorite film from 2021 into the ring under a new category, Snyder fans everywhere rose to the challenge and answered the Snyder Signal, cheering on others to do the same. Although Snyder’s cut of the superhero flick was released in 2021, the Academy told eager fans that it was ineligible due to the original version coming out in 2017. While this may have deterred many audiences, Snyder fans jumped over the hurdle by pulling another one of Snyder’s 2021 credits into the running. Although it is no Justice League, fans are hoping to honor the director’s snubbed work via Army of the Dead.
Originally standing at the helm of the anticipated DC film universe, tragedy struck and Zack Snyder decided that it was best for him to step away. Following the unexpected death of one of his children, mixed with countless arguments with the studio behind the film, Snyder thought his energy would be better spent at home. With a long line of blockbuster hits under his belt including titles such as 300, Watchmen, Man of Steel, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s no shock that his loyal following pushed for the beloved director to finish Justice League as soon as he was able. Not only did viewers step up, but so did several of the actors who worked on Snyder’s Justice League.
A perfect storm of raised voices paired with the fact that Zack Snyder’s version only had some visual effects and a tiny amount of shooting left, HBO Max eventually buckled and shelled out the cash needed for Snyder to complete his high demand cut of the film. And the creative did not disappoint on his second chance. Audiences were treated to a full four hour long film with a slew of new characters, storylines, and scenes. Hanging onto this momentum, Snyder’s cheering squad has now pushed Warner Bros. to reinstate the once creative head of the DC Universe to his lost pedestal.
Although Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead doesn’t have quite the Justice League following, it still performed well on both Netflix and in theaters. The film stars Dave Bautista, Matthias Schweighöfer, Ella Purnell, Huma Qureshi, Ana de la Reguera, Athena Perample, and Nora Arnezeder and centers on a group of mercenaries hoping to pull off a grand scale robbery while the zombie apocalypse rages around them. Due to hindrances caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the film only brought in $1 million at the box office. However, it performed well on the streamer and was met with positive reviews from both viewers and critics alike. And, whether fans loved or hated Army of the Dead, they’ll need to band together to rocket the film to the top of the Fan Favorite category at the Academy Awards to get Zack Snyder the justice that he deserves.