Zack Snyder is an American filmmaker and producer who became popular for his action, superhero and science fiction movies. He made his feature film debut with the 2004 remake of the 1978 horror film Dawn of the Dead, which earned him positive reviews from critics and good box office returns. His animation debut titled Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole was released in 2010.
He has directed blockbuster movies including 300, Watchmen, and Man of Steel. His fantasy war film 300 was a box office hit. His Warner Bros. film Watchmen which was released in 2009, grossed over $185 million. He also served as co-screenwriter for 300, Sucker Punch (2011), and 300: Rise of an Empire (2014). He was the co-story writer for Wonder Woman (2017) and Justice League. Snyder established a production company called Cruel and Unusual Films with his wife Deborah and Wesley Coller, a producing partner.
He was born Zachary Edward Snyder on March 1, 1966, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA to Charles Edward Snyder, who worked as an executive recruiter and his wife Marsha Manley who was a painter and a photography educator. He was raised in Riverside Connecticut where he was inspired by his mother to study photography after high school at Heatherley School of Fine Art, England. Afterwards, he attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
His career in the film world started as early as 1990 when he was a cinematographer for BMW and Nike commercials. He was featured in British Communication Arts magazine as one of the most talented commercial directors in the country. Zack Snyder is a member of the American Male Screenwriters, Science Fiction Film Directors and Writers from Greenwich, Connecticut. He has amassed a net worth of $22 million from brand endorsements and revenues from his film industry.
Zack Snyder’s Wife
Zack Snyder is currently married to Deborah Snyder (née Johnson). She graduated from Ithaca College in 1991. The couple met as early as 1996, though they started dating in 2004. They got married on October 25, 2004, at the St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Manhattan, New York. The couple currently resides in Pasadena, California
Just like her husband, Deborah is an American producer of feature films and television commercials. They have collaborated many times when she worked as his producing partner on films like Watchmen and 300. After producing the movie 300, she has produced all of Snyder’s films ever since.
Family and Children
Zack Snyder has eight children. He had four; Olivia, Willow, Autumn and Eli from his first marriage to Denise Weber. He had another two; Ezekiel and Jett Elin from his relationship with line producer Kirsten Elin. He also adopted two children with current wife Deborah Snyder. His children were in part responsible for his animation debut, Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole. In an interview with Chicago Parent, he explained that he was inspired by his son’s love for The Owls of Ga’Hoole book series.
Snyder’s Daughter’s Death
Tragedy struck Snyder’s family in March of 2017 when Zack’s daughter, Autumn took her own life. The director’s daughter Autumn was only 20 when she died. Details surrounding Autumn’s death had been kept under wraps. She was attending Sarah Lawrence College and was working on a science fiction novel that she was hoping to publish.
Even though Autumn had no intentions of becoming an actor, Snyder had dropped her into a brief cameo in his Superman reboot, Man of Steel. Autumn loved to write and help others. In 2014, she created the Write-A-Thon Charity to end homelessness for mothers and their children. She wanted to provide shelter for children who were not as privileged as she was. Snyder had Autumn with his first wife Denise Weber.
Zack and Deborah Snyder were both working on the superhero film “Justice League” when their daughter died. He had tried to bury himself in work so as to get through the pain. However, Zack and his wife Deborah decided to step down from finishing the movie Justice League so they could spend time with their family.
Joss Whedon, the Avengers filmmaker was hired by Warner Bros. to shepherd the movie through post-production and the shooting of some additional scenes. It was rumoured that the new director ended up reshooting quite a bit of the movie. However, Justice League didn’t perform as expected at the global Box Office. The superhero team-up film opened on November 17, 2017, to a disappointing $94 million leaving several fans guessing what went wrong and who was to blame.
Fervent Snyder fans believe that Snyder’s original cut of the movie would have turned out better and this has led many to demand to see the original cut assembled before Snyder left the film. On January 6, a small group of fans gathered in front of the Warner Bros. headquarters to demand a release of Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League.
Zack Snyder is 5 ft 7″ in height and he weighs about 69kg. His shoe size is 10, his biceps have a circumference of 15 inches, his chest size is 40 inches and his waist size is 33 inches. He has green eyes and his hair is dark brown in colour.