Zack Snyder

Zack Snyder

Highest Rated: 93% Wonder Woman (2017)

Lowest Rated: 22% Sucker Punch (2011)

Birthday: Mar 1, 1966

Birthplace: Green Bay, Wisconsin

When Hollywood tapped wunderkind director Zack Snyder to guide their big-budget FX-heavy epics Dawn of the Dead (2004) and 300 (2006) through to fruition, they pulled him straight from the pinnacle of the advertising world. Snyder already had a veritable plethora of Clios under his belt, thanks to his fluidly filmed, ingenious spots for Corona beer, Nokia cell phones, and other products. He typically held double-duty on the ads as both director and cinematographer, and culled a healthy amount of Tinseltown recognition as a result. Dawn of the Dead represented Snyder's debut. An effects-heavy remake of George A. Romero's 1979 sequel -- about hordes of flesh-hungry zombies storming a shopping mall -- the picture starred Ving Rhames and Sarah Polley. The independent production banners Strike and New Amsterdam co-produced the splatter movie; Universal released it. Unsurprisingly, the film grossed a whopping amount at the box office, enabling Snyder and his wife to run their own shingle, Cruel and Unusual Films; the movie also earned a number of favorable critical reviews. For his follow-up effort, Snyder beseeched Warners to greenlight a mega-budget adaptation of Frank Miller's best-selling graphic novel 300, about the siege at the Battle of Thermopylae. The studio hesitated, given the lumbering weight of their projects Alexander and Troy, but eventually conceded to Snyder's request. Shot mostly indoors, against a blue screen in a Montreal production facility, the film did healthy business comparable to that of its predecessor, and also drew enthusiastic notices from the likes of Entertainment Weekly, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The New York Daily News. For Snyder's next cinematic venture, he decided to take the reins of a project long (long) in development: the dystopian, effects-laden fantasy actioner Watchmen (2008). Set in an "alternate" version of 1985 and adapted from the comic books by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, the movie concerns a number of superheroes, including Ozymandias, Silk Spectre, and Dr. Manhattan, who join forces following the enigmatic death of one of their own.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Wonder Woman 1984 Producer 2020
66% Aquaman Executive Producer 2018
40% Justice League Director $227.1M 2017
93% Wonder Woman Producer $412.5M 2017
27% Suicide Squad Executive Producer $325.1M 2016
28% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Screenwriter Director $293.8M 2016
No Score Yet DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League Actor 2016
45% 300: Rise of an Empire Screenwriter Producer $91.1M 2014
No Score Yet The Last Photograph Director Producer 2014
56% Man of Steel Director $291.1M 2013
22% Sucker Punch Producer $36.4M 2011
51% Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Director $54.5M 2010
No Score Yet Under the Hood Executive Producer 2009
No Score Yet Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter and Under the Hood Director Screenwriter Producer 2009
64% Watchmen Director $107.5M 2009
60% 300 Screenwriter Director $210.6M 2007
75% Dawn of the Dead Director $58.9M 2004
No Score Yet Morrissey: Oye Esteban! Director 2000


No Score Yet Conan
Guest 2016
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
Guest 2013
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
Guest 2013


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