While director Zack Snyder is currently smack in the middle of building DC’s cinematic universe, at some point he’s probably going to get tired of making comic book movies and want to try something different just for a change of pace. It turns out that he already has an idea for a non-DC movie. He wants to make a film about the life of the Father of our Country.
While Zack Snyder’s newest film, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is only a few weeks away, the director is already hard at work on the first part of the Justice League. Once he’s done with that, however, the director tells Bloomberg Business that he would like to do a movie about George Washington. However, as you may have guessed, his idea would be very stylized. Snyder has a painting in his office that depicts Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River. An iconic moment. But to him, the painting harkens back to one of his previous films, and he would use that style for this movie.
We were talking about it. [A George Washington movie]. The first thing we asked was, well, how are we going to make it look? I pointed at this painting. It looks like 300. It’s not that hard.
A George Washington biopic in the style of 300. This sounds like just the sort of utterly insane idea we would expect from the director of Sucker Punch, but damned if we’re not slightly intrigued. Yes, we’re pretty sure that everybody who just read the above quote now has the exact same image in their head, of a powdered wig wearing Washington booting a redcoat off a ledge while shouting "This. Is. America!." But let’s be honest, are you sure you don’t want to see that?
Also, it would be nice to see a movie about the American Revolution. It’s a part of history that is almost completely unserved in the history of cinema. We haven’t seen one on the big screen since 2000’s The Patriot and regardless of what you think of the movie on its own, it was a completely fictional story that was set during that period. There are plenty of real life people and events with stories to tell. While Zack Snyder’s version would certainly be highly stylized, it doesn’t mean it couldn’t be accurate.
What do you think? Should Zack Snyder make a movie about George Washington? If not him, should somebody do it and make a movie about this important part of history?