Back in 2019, in an interview with Empire, Scorsese was asked if he was a fan of Marvel movies. The director of classics such as Taxi Driver and Goodfellas admitted that he had tried to watch them but in his opinion were not “cinema” and compared them more to “theme parks.”
Scorsese’s criticism divided films fans with some Marvel directors, such as the Russo Brothers and Taika Waititi, pushing back by contesting that they were definitely films worthy of being called ‘cinema.’
Scorsese doubled down on his comments in an eloquent and justified argument that was published by The New York Times later that year.
Although this would all seemingly be water under the bridge and much ado about nothing, Scorsese’s comments keep being brought up.
Snyder, who has also directed superhero films for DC Comics and Warner Bros (Watchmen, Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, Justice League), was asked about Scorsese during a Q and A with the Guardian to promote his new movie Army of the Dead.
Responding to the question “What’s your response to Martin Scorsese’s (and others’) criticism of superhero movies?”, the 55-year-old rather humorously agreed with the legend and added that he didn’t believe the criticism was of anything he had made:
“Oh, it’s fair. Martin Scorsese is a genius. If you’re really good at something, commenting on that world is completely within your rights. And it doesn’t diminish my respect for him. I’m certain he wasn’t talking about my movies [laughs]. He might’ve been, but I like to think he wasn’t. He meant the other ones.”
Snyder’s comments were soon circulated on social media with many enjoying the laid back approach he’d taken to the topic which has gotten so many hot under the collar.
Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead is available on Netflix from Friday, 21st May.