Zack Snyder is currently leading the Netflix charts with his space opera “Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire,” and he recently got a huge sign of support from none other than Christopher Nolan. In a profile published by The Atlantic, Nolan said Snyder’s influence on cinema is so dominant that part of his touch can be felt in any “superhero science-fiction film coming out these days.” Nolan served as a producer on Snyder’s “Man of Steel” (2013), which was based on a story Nolan cracked with his “Dark Knight” trilogy co-writer David S. Goyer. Nolan and Snyder have remained friends ever since.
“There’s no superhero science-fiction film coming out these days where I don’t see some influence of Zack,” Nolan said. “When you watch a Zack Snyder film, you see and feel his love for the potential of cinema. The potential of it to be fantastical, to be heightened in its reality, but to move you and to excite you.”
Nolan has been quite praiseful of Snyder amid the rollout for “Rebel Moon. He previously tipped his hat to “Watchmen,” Snyder’s divisive 2009 comic book adaptation. Nolan said he’s “always believed ‘Watchmen’ was ahead of its time. The idea of a superhero team, which it so brilliantly subverts, wasn’t yet a thing in movies. It would have been fascinating to see it released post-Avengers.”
Snyder’s career has long been divisive, and that continues with the release of “Rebel Moon.” The Netflix original earned largely negative reviews upon its release, with Variety film critic Owen Gleiberman calling it a “‘Star Wars’ knockoff” and “insanely derivative” in his review. The film stars Sofia Boutella as a former soldier who has to recruit warriors from across the galaxy in order to fend off the tyrannical Imperium. The movie debuted to 23.9 million views over its first three days of availability on Netflix.
“Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire” is now available to stream on Netflix. The film’s second chapter, “Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver,” arrives April 19 on Netflix.