If you’ll remember, some Ayn Rand fanboys – Shruggalos, as I like to call them – financed a three-part adaptation of Atlas Shrugged, partly through Kickstarter, the third of which came out in 2014. Of course, you can’t bring up Ayn Rand’s name without immediately thinking of the radical libertarians she inspired, but if my hazy memory of The Fountainehead is accurate, her individualized ethos was confined mainly to the creative process, where some might argue it belongs.
So yeah, it appears as though during Snyder’s downtime from dealing with some of the biggest superheroes in the world, he’s been toiling away on developing something entirely different.
Rand’s book follows an individualistic young architect named Howard Roark who makes the choice to struggle in obscurity rather than compromise his artistic vision, as he favors modern architecture over the establishment-supported traditional style. As with all of Rand’s work, it’s a philosophical work of fiction that deals with topics like individualism versus collectivism, and has been used as a political token in the ensuing years.