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It's not that Zack Snyder makes disappointing films, it's that he makes disappointing films based on properties with so much promise. Snyder exploded onto the scene in 2004 as many young directors do -- with a surprisingly good horror movie; in this case, a remake of Dawn of the Dead. He cemented his status as a visionary with 300 -- a movie whose impressive green-screen shooting technique was more memorable than the film it created. Nonetheless, Snyder quickly built a reputation as a maverick of sorts, a director who can do eye-popping stories with a limited budget. So when given some real money to bring Alan Moore's beloved graphic novel Watchmen to the big screen, fans couldn't wait to see the results. At best, Watchmen was a mess of an adaptation, more a collection of cool scenes than a coherent movie. At worst, it highlighted the worst indulgences of Snyder as a filmmaker -- namely, forgoing substance for style. Snyder's tendency to make things look cool at all costs probably made projects like Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole and Sucker Punch seem more viable than they were. But Snyder's worst crime to date, and the one that makes us sure he's no longer worth following, was last year's joyless Superman reboot Man of Steel. Expect a similar level of mediocrity from the sequel to this one.