Zack Snyder is the director most associated with the DC Extended Universe of movies, but it doesn’t mean he doesn’t think about Marvel from time to time.
As the guy behind movies like Batman v Superman and Justice League, Zack Snyder’s name is basically synonymous with big-budget superhero movies. This far, he’s worked exclusively in the DC Extended Universe, but it’s hard not to wonder what he might do if he popped over to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Talking to Comic Book Debate, Snyder mused about the kind of Marvel movie he would make if he could. “I would choose Elektra Lives Again,” he said, referring to Frank Miller’s 1990 graphic novel where the superhero Daredevil is haunted by lucid dreams of the dead Elektra, which lead him to believe she is still alive:
Daredevil is having these dreams about Elektra coming back to life, and it’s really cool and weird…It’s just cool, and beautiful. That’s what I would do. No one cares, but that’s what I would do.
Frank Miller created the character of Elektra, a Greek assassin who fights with a pair of sai, in 1981. She has never appeared on the big screen in the MCU. Most recently, the character was played by Élodie Yung in Daredevil and Marvel’s The Defenders on Netflix. Elektra even had her own movie in 2005, a spinoff to Daredevil (2003), with Jennifer Garner portraying her. Sadly, the movie was instantly panned by critics and fans alike.
Élodie Yung’s fantastic performances on the small screen has proven that the character can be compelling onscreen, and with Zack Snyder at the helm, things could get very interesting indeed.
That said, I don’t think we should expect Disney to suddenly greenlight an Elektra movie with Zack Snyder at the helm anytime soon. Directors don’t usually cross between Marvel and DC when it comes to the movies. The big exception is James Gunn, directed the first two Guardians of the Galaxy movies for Marvel, directed The Suicide Squad for DC, and will soon jump back to work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. But that only happened because Disney cut him loose for a minute during a scandal that eventually blew over.
And Snyder has no shortage of upcoming projects. In March, we’ll see his amped-up version of Justice League — the legendary Snyder Cut — on HBO Max. This year sees the release of Army of the Dead, a zombie flick that’s been years in the making.
And as long as we’re talking about switching between Marvel and DC, Captain Marvel is making its cable premiere on TNT this Sunday, January 10! But as TNT is owned by WarnerMedia, which owns DC Films, it will be preceded by a marathon of DC superhero movies, including Justice League, Wonder Woman, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Man of Steel.
Maybe Marvel and DC can make it work yet. As for Captain Marvel, Brie Larson recently said on her YouTube channel that the sequel is “gearing up.”
I can’t say much more about it other than that, but I’m gonna get ready for it. It’s time for me to get moving.
We’re still very much living in a superhero age.