Here are my thoughts on why I love Zack Snyder’s movies. Sure, you can disagree with them, but they are to me why I love the movies.
His visuals and his attention to detail are amazing. Almost every shot has something important going on in it. Allegories and references to classic literature, myth and even classic comics pop up quite a lot and make his movies that much more interesting on a philosophical level.
Yes, sometimes the symbolism can be a little heavy-handed (the Christian symbolism with Superman for example) but I think it works for the movies.
To me, Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut is the ultimate comic book adaptation, ripped almost directly from the pages to the screen. Man of Steel, to me, is the only good Superman movie because Superman is relatable and while he may not be as heroic or cheerful as Donner’s Superman was, he manages to stay true to himself and try to be hopeful while bringing hope to others even during the darkest of times. He felt like a spot on adaptation of the Post-Crisis Superman, especially from the early 2000’s. I believe that if Snyder had been allowed to finish his vision of Justice League, we would’ve seen that Superman evolve into the true ideal of hope everyone knows Superman as.
Now, some people have criticized his Batman for being too brutal and trigger-happy, but I saw him as a spot on (maybe slightly exaggerated) adaptation of Bruce in the comics in the months after Jason Todd died, and he has a lot of The Dark Knight Returns Batman in him too, which is also pretty cool (though thankfully he didn’t take inspiration from Miller’s later works). The “Martha” scene, to me, was beautiful and perfectly in character with both of them. The comics long established that the names “Thomas”, “Martha” and “Jason” trigger intense post-traumatic flashbacks from Bruce because he couldn’t save them and will always blame himself for it. Hearing that name in association with attempted murder made Bruce remember why he became Batman in the first place.
I think, perhaps, the only negative thing I can say about Snyder and his movies is in itself something I don’t consider to be much of a problem, but his movies tend to be overly long at times.