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Star Wars, Excalibur, and more of his pop culture influences

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Meet the maker of the ‘Justice League’ Snyder cut!


release, Zack Snyder's long-awaited cut of the film is officially here. Let’s get to know what influences the blockbuster director.

More than
three years after Justice League's 

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The literature professor’s work in deconstructing storytelling inspired a generation of filmmakers. 

Joseph Campbell

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    on Joseph Campbell

— Zack Snyder

"A teacher, a prophet, and a genius who decoded archetypes across the centuries. You can find your own stories in the stories he decodes, and he reconnects you with the universe."

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    on Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

Zack Snyder

"It was a look into an impossible dream­scape and the movie that made me buy a movie camera and make movies with my friends in middle school. I was obsessed and it changed the course of my life."

Gardners Books

Snyder selected Bach’s follow-up to Jonathan Livingston Seagull. “I read this book over and over. If you want to talk about anything being possible, read [it].” he explains.

The Adventures
of a Reluctant Messiah

 by Richard Bach

Everett Collection

John Boorman’s 1981 medieval fantasy film serves as a clear inspiration to a director known for masterfully told genre stories that often have an R rating. 


Everett Collection

    on Excalibur

— Zack Snyder

"He’s a genius rebel filmmaker who basically made the movie for no money in his backyard in Ireland,” Snyder says, “It's an incredibly poignant film about what it’s like to be human and flawed and want to be more."

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The German photogra­pher was famous for his bold and erotic black­ and­ white celebrity shots, from Elizabeth Taylor to Angelina Jolie. 

Helmut Newton

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    on Newton’s work

Zack Snyder

"He surfed popular culture and purely provoked. He couldn’t exist today."

Heavy Metal Magazine

The sci-­fi and fantasy mag was famous for its explicit content and stunningly creative vis­uals. 

Heavy Metal magazine

Heavy Metal Magazine

    on Heavy Metal magazine

— Zack Snyder

"While my friends were reading Batman and Wonder Woman comics, this pushed my imagination toward original, passion­ate storytelling. It’s also just rad."

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