Christopher Nolan has revealed his favorite moment from a Zack Snyder film and shared his belief that Snyder’s Watchmen was “ahead of its time.”

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Nolan was asked if there was a specific shot or moment in a Zack Snyder film that “lives in your head.” Nolan chose a scene from Man of Steel, in which Kevin Costner’s Jonathan Kent tells young Clark Kent that he is still his son, regardless of his origin.

“The moment in Man of Steel where Kevin Costner tells young Clark that whatever his origin, he’s still his son puts a lump in my throat every time,” Nolan said. “Zack is best known for his facility with iconic image making, but his casting instincts are second to none.”

Nolan also praised Snyder’s work on Watchmen, saying that it was “ahead of its time.”

“I’ve always believed Watchmen was ahead of its time,” Nolan said. “The idea of a superhero team, which it so brilliantly subverts, wasn’t yet a thing in movies. It would have been fascinating to see it released post-Avengers.”

Snyder’s next film, Rebel Moon Part 1: A Child of Fire, will be released on Netflix on December 22, 2023.