Zack Snyder’s Intentional Anti-Border Message in ‘Army of the Dead’

Zack Snyder, the director of the new Netflix zombie film Army of the Dead, has revealed that he included an anti-border wall message in the film, stating that the symbolism was necessary to “hold up a mirror to ourselves.” Zack Snyder explained the film’s political overtones in an interview with the Associated Press, which reportedly depicts the construction of a wall to contain people, as well as scenes of detention camps and the quarantining of people suspected of carrying the zombie virus.


“We were building a wall. We were creating these refugee camps,” Snyder says. “We needed to kind of use those things to hold up a mirror to ourselves. Once you erect a massive wall around a city, you really find yourself referencing all kinds of laws that have been created for all kinds of reasons,” he added. And I believe your awareness of those things is critical. Once you erect a giant wall around a city, you really find yourself referencing all kinds of laws that have been created for all different reasons. And I think your awareness of those things really is important.”



‘Army of the Dead’ reflects political climate


Army of the Dead, which premieres on Friday, is set in a future where Las Vegas has been walled off due to a zombie virus epidemic. Dave Bautista plays a former war hero who accepts a job to retrieve $200 million from a casino vault before the city is destroyed. German actor Matthias Schweighofer, who co-stars in the film, went so far as to suggest that the world should have no boundaries at all.


“I was born behind a wall in the east of Germany and the wall came down and I always thought as I traveled through the world, ‘I don’t want a wall back in my life. I don’t want any borders back,’” Schweighofer told the AP.


For years, Zack Snyder avoided talking about politics with the media, sparking rumors that he was a right-winger due to his action-packed films such as 300 and Watchmen, as well as a proposed adaptation of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. However, the Justice League director recently shared his left-wing views in an interview with The Guardian.


“I vote Democrat!”





Karina Smitt

I'm not as much of a "CoMiCs NeEd MoAr DiVeRsItY & iNcLuSiOn" advocate as my girlfriend often is, but we both love funny books, crispy bacon, straight bourbon and hip hop. Add yet, we never vote the same, so we cancel each other out... and that works perfectly in my book!