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A Portrait of the Auteur as FanboyThe Construction of Authorship in Transmedia Franchises$
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Anastasia Salter and Mel Stanfill

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496830463

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496830463.001.0001

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Zack Snyder and the Professional Toxic Fanboy

Zack Snyder and the Professional Toxic Fanboy

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(p.107) 6 Zack Snyder and the Professional Toxic Fanboy
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A Portrait of the Auteur as Fanboy
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Anastasia Salter

Mel Stanfill

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496830463.003.0006

Chapter 6 interrogates Snyder’s aspirations to auteur status, arguing that they are in tension with his one-note style that always goes darker, grittier, and more violent, no matter what. Snyder’s self-aggrandizement and unwillingness to move beyond his comfort zone join his strong attachment to a toxic masculinity rooted in extreme violence and his routine misogyny to make him the archetypical toxic fanboy. Despite—or perhaps because of—these characteristics, Snyder has a powerfully invested following, which he engages and cultivates through social media, making him a highly polarizing figure who remains at the center of fannish discourse even years after leaving a franchise behind.

Keywords:   DC Comics, Batman, Hypermasculinity, Watchmen, Snyder cut

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