Zack Snyder has a lot on his plate right now with the DC extended-universe movies, including this week's new release, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. But he's interested in maintaining another franchise, one that also originated with a comic book.
In an interview with Collider, Snyder noted that he's been thinking of doing more 300 sequels, but they'd be more like independent installments in a kind of anthology series rather than straight follow-ups like 300: Rise of an Empire.
"We’ve been talking a lot about sort of different incarnations," he told the site. "We talked about the Revolutionary War version, and we talked about the Alamo, and we’ve talked about, there’s a battle in China, a 'Lost Legion' kind of concept. Any of those kinds of things are on the table."
The anthology film-series concept might be hot right now thanks to the success of 10 Cloverfield Lane, but there's also still the question of whether it's confusing moviegoers. Would a movie called 300: American Revolution or something of that nature be the way to go?
Snyder already revealed earlier this month that he wants to make a 300-style movie set specifically during the Revolutionary War's Battle of Trenton, his inspiration coming from the famous painting above of George Washington crossing the Delaware River.
The filmmaker could just make films aligned in their like-mindedness rather than having a branding title attached. And the Washington movie could aim to bring the Emanuel Leutze painting to life the way 300 seemed to animate Frank Miller's comic illustrations.
And of course all the major battles Snyder would have in mind for other movies should have their own works of art depicting them. Before we had cinema, drawings and paintings were the way for people to see visualized depictions of history.
For the Alamo, there's John Milton Niles's illustrations in his History of South America and Mexico, and Snyder may not mind its historical inaccuracies. For a Chinese conflict, it'd be great to see some ancient Chinese masterpiece turned into a movie.
Perhaps Snyder will stick to battles fought before the invention of photography. That would keep with the point about art being used to depict them those stories. This could be a lucrative franchise, as there are thousands of years worth of history to mine from.