It looks like
this is going to be Zack Snyder's follow-up to Man of Steel, and it's quite a left turn. A journalist (Christian Bale) and an ex-special ops soldier (Sean Penn) travel to war-torn Afghanistan to help a kidnapped family member.
Many will mention the lack of opportunity this allows for his apparently fully defining stylistic traits, but of most significance imo is that it sounds far removed from the unreality of his résumé so far. On the other hand, the War on Terror had a clear impact on 300 and Watchmen via Snyder, and this film will likely give him the opportunity to develop what he wants to say. He came up with the story and was always going to produce, and it seems now he's decided he should direct it too.
I'm not sure what it means career-wise - whether, with well-known award winning actors and a topical story, this marks Snyder's entry into awards territory or a rest from power-genre-filmmaking, simply making the film for the sake of making the film. Either would make sense given his consistently uncompromising (and therefore unpredictable) nature. There's no saying how it will turn out, but personally I'm long-sold on this director.
Dr. Brooklyn wrote:
it was tying it into the rape-revenge stories and making light of a verys erious sub-genre that kind of offended me.