Sucker Punch Directed by: Zack Snyder Written by: Zack Snyder & Steve Shibuya (screenplay) Starring: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, and Vanessa Hudgens
Remakes and graphic novel adaptations are Zack Snyder’s MO. Lately though, with last year’s Legend of the Guardians and now Sucker Punch, he’s decided to take his over-stylized style off of the comic book page and map out novels or original material into his own wild odyssey.
Sucker Punch has Snyder’s name all over it from the get-go. It begins with a violent slow-motion sequence of a young girl (Emily Browning) accidentally shooting her sister when she was aiming for her wicked stepfather and then being brought to a mental hospital where she will await her lobotomy.
Watchmen Directed by: Zack Snyder Written by: David Hayter & Alex Zse (screenplay), Alan Moore (graphic novel) Starring: Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Malin Ackerman, and Billy Crudup
You must give credit where credit is due: Zack Snyder knows which graphic novels to adapt to the screen. 300 was his claim to highly stylized fame, and now with Watchmen, he tackles perhaps the most important graphic novel of all time. Of course it won’t live up to the source material, even when/especially because he sticks to it almost frame for frame.
Why storyboard when it’s already been done for you? This appears to be the only original question Snyder poses. His source material must do all the talking, because he is concerned with stylistic bloodshed by the gallons. As he did in 300, he lets his characters run rampant within the frame, leaving nothing- violent or sexual -to the imagination.