Because the one thing missing from the story of George Washington is homoerotic undertones.
Right now Zack Snyder is an extremely busy director. He has spent the last few years working on the highly anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and now he is hard at work prepping for the follow up Justice League. Although he has spent years playing in the DC cinematic universe, Snyder already has future projects in mind.
No matter what one’s opinion on Snyder, it cannot be denied that he is a visionary director. All of his films are recognizable, and he always brings his signature style to every project he works on. For me, his films are very hit or miss. I love some of his films, such as Watchmen and Dawn of the Dead, where as I’m not a huge fan of Man of Steel and 300. Sucker Punch is awful, but that was more of a script issue. No matter what project he works on, Synder’s influence can be felt.
But now he wants to tell the story of the almost mythical George Washington in the style of 300.
In a Bloomberg profile Snyder touched on the subject of his desire to bring Washington’s story to the big screen:
Meanwhile, Snyder is spending late nights in his cavernous office working on the upcoming Justice League movie. He’s also thinking about making films that aren’t comic book adaptations. Sort of. One of these days, he’d like to make one about George Washington in the style of 300. He has a picture in his office of the Revolutionary War hero crossing the icy Delaware on his way to decimate the British in the Battle of Trenton. “We were talking about it,” Snyder says. “The first thing we asked was, well, how are we going to make it look? I pointed at this painting. It looks like 300. It’s not that hard.”
I feel so conflicted about this. On one hand, the American Revolution was a very visceral war and the sensibilities Snyder showed with 300 could be really cool when applied to that time period. On the other hand, there is a good chance that it would come across as absolutely ridiculous. 300 was already bordering on the edge of campy. I feel like that style showcased in George Washington film would push that over the edge.
It would be interesting to see nonetheless, just for the sheer novelty of it. Watching George Washington impale someone with a musket bayonet in slow motion with the appropriate color correction applied to the camera would be a beautiful train wreck to watch unfold.