Zack Snyder says he would be interested in directing a Dragon Ball Z movie if the right opportunity arose. The director has built much of his career off of comic book adaptations like 300, Watchers, and DCEU movies like League of Justice, and he’s starting to venture further into the animation realm with some upcoming projects on Netflix. As anime remakes and adaptations continue to trend, Snyder could certainly be in the running to direct one in the future.
The legacy of westernized anime adaptations isn’t exactly proud. Live-action movies based on popular anime series have failed most of the time, and most of the successful attempts originated, unsurprisingly, in Japan. However, Netflix has continued to try its adaptations, such as the one from 2017 Death Note – which featured stars like Lakeith Stanfield and Willem Dafoe – and upcoming adaptations like Cowboy bebop Y One piece.
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Now, it seems that an anime adaptation directed by Snyder could also be a possibility. Via Comic book, Snyder discussed the possibility of directing an anime remake during a recent interview with Tyrone magnus. The director was asked about Dragon Ball Z specifically, but he openly responded to the idea of anime adaptations in general, commenting that he watches anime frequently with his children. Read the full quote from Snyder below.
“I would consider it. I mean if it went well. But I would definitely do an anime remake or live action. That would be fun because I love animation, and I watch a lot of anime with my son who is too young to watch it, but we look anyway (laughs) “.
After his messy showdown with Warner Bros., Snyder has developed what appears to be a much more positive working relationship with Netflix. Its latest feature, Army of the dead released on the streamer in May to positive reviews, and is already in the process of developing several spinoff projects set in the same universe. One of those projects is an anime series. The director is also developing a second animated series for Netflix based on Norse mythology. That means Snyder has already been given the keys to direct the most animated and live-action content for Netflix, a studio that has proven its dedication to anime adaptations.
Netflix unlikely to get the rights to adapt or remake Dragon Ball Z, especially after the 2009 disaster Dragonball Evolution. But with Netflix seemingly committed to a long-term partnership with Snyder, he could be hired to direct a different anime adaptation at some point. Of course, his comic book adaptations haven’t always been met with universal adoration from fans of the original material. Given the history of Western anime adaptations, it might be best for Snyder to start off with something a little lower than Dragon Ball Z.
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