Would Batman v Superman Backlash Be Deserved?
The newest addition to the DC Universe movies, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice came out on March 25th, this last weekend. And in that short period of time, it has sparked a firestorm diverging opinions about the movie, and the characters themselves. Critics generally disliked the movie, giving mixed or even just straight bad reviews. The movie received only 28% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 5/10. The fans were a little more accepting when it comes to the response to the movie – with many really enjoying it, and praising the acting of Ben Affleck (Batman), Henry Cavill (Superman), and especially Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman).
However, there has been a growing Batman v Superman backlash from many of the fans. The reasons for hatred are many – an inconsistent plot, the excessive use of CGI, the randomness and convenience of many of the film’s events, Batman’s brutality and apparent murders, and so on.
Upon seeing the reviews, the actors and director also had something to say. Zack Snyder was brief: “I’m a comic book guy and I made the movie based as much as I could on that aesthetic. And so I don’t know how else to do it 100%, so it is what it is.” Amy Adams (who plays Lois Lane) and Cavill elaborated a little more in their answers.
Cavill stated, “The interesting thing is that we get the critics who have their personal opinions. And the thing about personal opinions is that they always come from a place. And there’s a preconceived idea which you have to get past a critic before you start writing your article or your review, and that affects everything.” He added: “What is really going to matter, I believe, is what the audience says, because they’re the ones who are buying tickets, they’re the ones who want to see more of this kind of story or not and so the audience’s voice is loudest and after this weekend the audience, at least partly, will have spoken.”
Amy Adams opined, “I know that Zack doesn’t make the movies, or none of us are making the movies for the critics. You can’t go into it with that perspective. I know we really hope the fans like it and so far the reaction has been really positive on that front … If you’re interested in a film you should see it and form your own opinion rather than just going on the word of somebody (else).”
And, well, they may not be wrong. Fans overwhelmingly supported the movie in its opening weekend, to the tune of $166 million at the domestic box office. So, at that point, does the opinion of critics matter to filmmakers? What are your thoughts on the movie? Did you love it or hate it? Tell us in the comments.
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