The Movie That Inspired Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon!

Renowned director Zack Snyder has unveiled an intriguing insight into the creative origins behind his latest sci-fi action spectacle for Netflix, Rebel Moon.

Apart from drawing inspiration from the iconic Star Wars saga, Snyder has revealed that the genesis of Rebel Moon’s visuals and atmosphere was also influenced by the cult classic adult-animated film from 1981, “Heavy Metal.”

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This animated gem, rooted in the comics magazine of the late ’70s, has long fascinated Snyder with its peculiar blend of sci-fi fantasy. In an interview with /Film, Snyder, known for his work on “Sucker Punch,” expressed his enduring fascination with the “sci-fi weirdness” that characterizes “Heavy Metal.”

This fascination is seamlessly interwoven with his vision, infusing the mythical universe of Rebel Moon with a similar essence.

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Snyder described his brainchild as a fusion of sci-fi fantasy and a nod to the aesthetics of “Heavy Metal.” He fondly reminisced, “It’s sci-fi fantasy, for sure.

I always say it’s sort of Heavy Metal sci-fi in a lot of ways. You know me, you know I’m a huge fan of that illustrated fantasy magazine. And I just like the idea that this movie would exist more in that — there’s a weirdness, a little bit, to the sci-fi, a sci-fi weirdness that I love, where everything’s not that straightforward and it’s a million mysteries. A lot of questions.”

The tantalizing teaser trailer for “Rebel Moon: A Child of Fire” provides a glimpse into the expansive galaxy dominated by the totalitarian rule of the Mother World.

The trailer teases the film’s grand scope, featuring intertwined storylines that form the foundation for an ensemble cast led by Sofia Boutella’s Kora. Kora, a former Imperium soldier seeking redemption for her past transgressions, endeavors to rally formidable warriors from across the cosmos. Their collective mission: to defy the oppressive forces of the Mother World.


Q1: What was the key inspiration behind the visuals of Rebel Moon?

Director Zack Snyder drew inspiration not only from Star Wars but also from the cult classic adult-animated film “Heavy Metal,” known for its unique blend of sci-fi fantasy.

Q2: Who is the lead character in Rebel Moon?

Sofia Boutella portrays Kora, a former Imperium soldier aiming to make amends for her past mistakes by uniting a diverse group of warriors against the forces of the Mother World.

Q3: What was Rebel Moon’s original concept before becoming a standalone project?

Originally envisioned as an R-rated Star Wars film, Rebel Moon underwent significant transformation after creative differences with major studios. It was then reworked into an original sci-fi franchise.

Q4: When can we expect to watch Rebel Moon?

“Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire” is set to premiere on December 22. The sequel, “Rebel Moon: Part Two – The Scargiver,” is slated for release on April 19, 2024. Both films were shot consecutively.

As the release dates draw closer, anticipation continues to build for this visionary creation that promises to merge the allure of classic sci-fi fantasy with Snyder’s distinctive touch. With influences ranging from “Heavy Metal” to the vastness of space opera, Rebel Moon appears poised to carve its own unique place in the realm of cinematic brilliance.