Zack Snyder talks about a rude joke he had to cut from his upcoming zombie heist action movie Army of the Dead, which involves male nudity.

Zack Snyder has opened up about a joke he had to cut from his upcoming zombie thriller, Army of the Dead, about a stripper turned into a zombie. In a unique twist on the horror genre, the story will focus on a group of mercenaries as they plan to carry out a heist from a Las Vegas casino amid a zombie outbreak. The ensemble roster for the film includes Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, Tig Notaro, and Matthias Schweighöfer.

Snyder spent the better part of a decade trying to get the project off the ground, and the film was first announced in 2007 and will be co-produced by Universal Pictures. Then with Warner Bros. Entertainment, which would act as Snyder’s main studio for more than a decade when he launched his DC Extended Universe. Proper development didn’t finally get under way until January 2019, when Netflix acquired the rights to the project with Snyder set to direct and co-write with Shay Hatten a treatment of the story of him and Joby Harold. The film experienced a brief setback in its post-production process when a wave of sexual misconduct allegations occurred against star Chris D’Elia in June 2020, prompting Notaro to be chosen to replace him. Snyder re-recorded his scenes as productions battled the global pandemic. His scenes were achieved by re-filming scenes in front of an acting partner and digitally composing it with others.

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In an interview with The Sunday Times (via CinemaBlend), Snyder revealed that he and his creative team made up a joke that featured a stripper turned into a zombie exposed below the waist and his private area was missing a chunk due to a bite from a hungry walker. However, upon reflection, they all concluded that the joke might be a step too far for the film and its viewers.

“We had a sequence where one of the male strippers had a huge penis that was bitten off. We thought it was too much.”

Dave Bautista plays Scott Ward in Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead.

The modern viewer is certainly not averse to on-camera nudity in movies and television, with some even asking for more from men to better balance it with excess female nudity and eliminate the double standards of what is too gratuitous and which is not. That said though, stepping back and cutting this joke out of the movie was probably the best step, as that level of nudity is perhaps too far off even for a movie as ironic as Army of the dead seems to be. Also, given Snyder’s storyline that previously featured some very violent zombies, taking a somewhat low-key approach to the sex-based material in the film is a better way not to alienate the audience but to keep it glued to the scene.

Undead genitalia aside, Snyder’s zombie heist photo It certainly appears to be a unique and promising installment for the crowded zombie subgenre. From Ghosts of mars-esque zombie behaviors for a diverse cast and a director known for his visual style, especially with action sequences, has many promising and exciting elements for audiences. With only a week to Army of the dead hits theaters, followed by Netflix on May 21, the wait is almost over.

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Fountain: The Sunday Times (Via CinemaBlend)

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