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…knowing that Snyder loves Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead a lot of things snap into place. Especially things about Man of Steel and Pa Kent’s absolutely baffling worldview: Snyder’s an Objectivist. He believes in what Objectivists call ‘rational self-interest,’ which others might call 'radical selfishness,’ which is the belief that the ultimate moral duty you have is to make yourself happy. Honestly, all the Pa Kent stuff becomes crystal clear now - Man of Steel is about a superhero who only becomes a superhero when it is in his own self-interest (ie, the planet’s about to get destroyed). Otherwise he’s happy keeping his powers to himself, seeing no need to use them to help others.
Talking to the Hollywood Reporter Snyder says that he wants to go back to the wellspring of Objectivist thought, Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, the novel that started it all. It’s pretty bad, but it’s also super fucking insane.
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.
The book, about an architect named Howard Rourke who strives to go against the grain in service of a more modern style of building, is a cornerstone of Rand’s controversial Objectivist philosophy, based around “rational self-interest” and no doubt front-and-center on Donald Trump’s bookshelf right next to his copy of My New Order. That said, Snyder adapting the book doesn’t necessarily pin him as an Objectivist, as he previously adapted Frank Miller’s fascistic 300 and Alan Moore’s humanistic Watchmen, the two creators on polar opposite sides of the political spectrum. It could simply be Snyder responding to the grandiosity and design challenge of bringing yet another “unfilmable” novel to the screen.
A breve in sala con Batman v Superman e a seguire subito sul set per girare la prima parte della Justice League, Zack Snyder ha rivelato all'Hollywood Reporter due progetti futuri, ovvero The Last Photograph, film su un fotografo di guerra in Afghanistan, e un adattamento del best seller di Ayn Rand “La fonte meravigliosa”.
Zack Snyder si prepara a scatenare l’entusiasmo nelle sale di tutto il mondo (italiane dal 23 Marzo) con Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice con un’agenda fitta di progetti. Il regista ha infatti parlato a The Hollywood Reporter sui suoi futuri lavori che includono The Last Photograph, un film su un fotografo di guerra in Afghanistan, e un adattamento del romanzo del 1943 di Ayn Rand intitolato La fonte meravigliosa.
“Sto lavorando a La fonte meravigliosa”, ha confermato Snyder. “Ho sempre immaginato come il lavoro di tesi su La fonte meravigliosa fosse un processo creativo. La Warner Bros. possiede lo script [di Ayn Rand] e io ci sto lavorando un po’ su.”