Snyder’s “Army” Numbers, “Batman” Desires

Originally published on Dark Horizons by Garth Franklin

Netflix has announced that Zack Snyder’s zombie heist film “Army of the Dead” is on track to be watched by an estimated 72 million households over its first four weeks of release.

The projections, coming a week after the film launched on the service, would see it tying with George Clooney’s “The Midnight Sky” as the ninth most-watched film on Netflix to date. How it compares to some other Netflix launches is as follows:

1. Extraction – 99 Million
2. Bird Box – 89 Million
3. Spenser Confidential – 85 Million
4. 6 Underground – 83 Million
5. Murder Mystery – 83 Million
6. The Old Guard – 78 Million
7. Enola Holmes – 76 Million
8. Project Power – 75 Million
9. The Midnight Sky and Army of the Dead (tie) – 72 Million

‘Dead’ was also was released in select U.S. theaters in Netflix’s largest theatrical push to date.

The numbers come as Snyder himself has been dropping more interview quotes of late about other projects. He revealed to Happy Sad Confused that Matthias Schoenaerts (“The Old Guard,” “A Bigger Splash”) was his back-up choice if Ben Affleck hadn’t signed on for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and he had serious discussions with the actor about the possibility.

He says his ‘white whale’ of a project is to one day do a standalone direct adaptation of Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns” and, like his “Watchmen” film, it would be “really frame-accurate” and do it faithfully to the material. He adds “I don’t think it would be that expensive, to be honest. I don’t think so. It’s pretty

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