Looking at the surface of Zack Snyder's filmography, it's easy to suggest that he's a director with a lot of flash but not so much substance. All of his films thus far have originated from pre-existing texts, feature muscular visuals, and are primarily appealing as bombastic crowd pleasers. But if you're willing to look deeper, all of them have more to say than the sum total of their technically-proficient parts: 'Dawn of the Dead' creates new suspense out of old tropes; '300' combines classical mythmaking with modern moviemaking; 'Watchmen' uses the façade of a superhero movie to make a sophisticated pop culture satire; and 'Legend of the Guardians' razes the notion that talking-animal movies aren't just for kids. And judging by preliminary photos, promotional trailers, and most importantly, a visit to the set, Snyder's next film, 'Sucker Punch,' promises to be his most complex and provocative yet.
Cinematical joined a small group of journalists in Vancouver in December 2009 for a tour of the production offices. In addition to watching one of the film's wild fight scenes get shot, we ran through a rough synopsis of much of the film with producer Deborah Snyder (Zack's wife), and interviewed several members of the cast and crew, including Snyder himself. In the weeks to come, look for additional comments about 'Sucker Punch' from Snyder and his impressive ensemble of kick-ass ladies. But in the meantime, check out a few highlights from the visit that will offer some clues about what to expect when the film is released on March 25, 2011.