Army of the Dead sees Dave Bautista lead a band of mercenaries to collect a hefty prize. The only issue is this prize is in a quarantine zone during a zombie invasion, meaning it does not come as easily as one might think. While the antics of the crew were exciting enough, one issue has plagued fans who wonder if director Zack Snyder has truly lost the plot.
How can zombies have babies in Army of the Dead?
Army of the Dead saw the team, led by Dave Bautista’s Scott, come up against some pretty aggressive adversaries.
One of these was the zombie King Zeus, who made things pretty difficult as they tried to get to Las Vegas.
However, the most shocking moment which came from Zeus was actually when he pulled a zombie baby from the body of his former lover, whose decapitated body lay next to him.
While fans should have been focusing on the action at hand, the zombie baby really left them confused.
One fan tweeted: “Army of the Dead is a wild movie, the zombies can have babies AND do capoeira. Truly insane”
Another asked: “just watched army of the dead and why is zac snyder obsessed with zombie babies”
A third said: “First I got to see some intelligent Zombies, but for me the shocker in the Army of The Dead movie was the revelation that Zombies can make babies – like Zombies are f****g having Sex!”
The question still remains, however, whether the zombie was pregnant when bitten, thus the baby became a zombie, or whether the zombies are able to procreate, which would be devastating for the human race.
In an interview with Esquire, Zack Snyder has explained how this came about.
He said: “Well, I believe that some zombie love happened, some sweet zombie lovemaking.
“I don’t know if it was sweet. It was probably pretty aggressive.
“My theory is that the zombies in our movie are working toward not needing a human host to procreate their species, if you will.
“That’s the ultimate evolution. They’re like a better us. I think that’s the fun genre part of it.
“They’re no longer destroying their environment. They’re not fighting with each other.
“They’re less bad for everybody. They’re less toxic. Unless you cross them, and then, well, it’s not that good.”
It turns out, this storyline was discussed quite a bit, and at one point a zombie penis was cut from the final edit, though no zombie sex was actually shown.
He continued: “Even the zombie baby was a thing that we all debated for a while.
“But as far as I was concerned, the zombie baby was cool for a variety of reasons, and one of them was that it tests you, it pushes you.”
Speaking specifically of the decision to remove the zombie penis from the final edit, Zack said: “It was a collaborative decision. I was fine with it.
“I didn’t feel offended that my creative visions were being upended. Although, it was sweet.
“It looked like it was bit – like an apple. It had a bite out of the side of it.”
Given there are some further Army of the Dead films and series coming up, and possibly a universe made out of it, perhaps more zombie babies will be seen, and maybe this time Zack’s wishes will not end up on the cutting room floor.
Army of the Dead is on Netflix now