Forget 'Justice League,' What if Zack Snyder Directed 'The Catcher in the Rye'?

A new parody video sets the 'Batman v. Superman' director loose on classic works of literature.
Screenshot/Patrick (H) Willems/YouTube

Following 300, Watchmen and the Dark Knight Returns-inspired Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, audiences know what to expect when director Zack Snyder adapts iconic comic books. But what if he turned his attention to beloved works of literature that didn't include any pictures?

The answer comes from Patrick H. Willems — the New York-based filmmaker who's given the internet a Pokemon-themed fake episode of Black Mirror, as well as Werner Herzog's Ant-Man and Wes Anderson's X-Men. This time around, he brings some of Snyder's most famous cinematic indulgences to three different classic books: The Catcher in the Rye, Sense and Sensibility and, perhaps most surprisingly of all, The Giving Tree.

Suffice to say, none of these adaptations are the stuff of Masterpiece Theater — although there's maybe a potential movie trilogy in faux-Snyder's The Giving Tree reboot. Perhaps if we get Matt Damon as the lead … ?

In the epilogue to the short, Willems revealed that The Hollywood Reporter was the inspiration for the parody … or, at least Snyder himself was, via an interview with THR to promote Batman v. Superman. "He mentioned one of his dream projects was an adaptation of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead," Willems explained. "I have no idea what that would look like, but if it happens, I'll totally see it."

Watch the video below.