Hi y’all! I know Movie Review has been off the grid for a while and I do apologize. But I thought we should make some minor adjustments, since I noticed that a lot y’all have started taking me seriously and decide which movies to watch based on what I say…Lol. Just kidding. Of course, you should take moi seriously, but I have to look out for my co-producers, and their investments. So I’ve resolved not to review movies currently showing in the cinemas, until at least after four weeks, good enough time for producers to recoup their money. Sounds fair, right? Then I guess it’s time for our much awaited “Movie Review” on Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. And we can pick it apart like the vultures, we critics have been called *tongue in cheek* (See post Gods in Diversity).
Let’s start with the usual semantics, Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice is a 2016 American superhero film featuring the DC Comics characters Batman and Superman. Directed by Zack Snyder and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, the film is a follow-up to 2013’s Man of Steel and is the second installment in the DC Extended Universe. Its screenplay was written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer, and the film stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter and Gal Gadot. Dawn of Justice is the first live-action film to feature Batman and Superman together, as well as the first theatrical film to feature live-action portrayals of Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash.
In the film, criminal mastermind Lex Luthor manipulates Batman into a preemptive battle with Superman, whom Luthor is obsessed with defeating. Basically both Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent see each other as potential threats, the former after witnessing the destructive battle between Superman and General Zod in Metropolis in the climax of Man of Steel, and the later because of “Batman’s” vigilante activities in Gotham City.
The film premiered at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City on March 19, 2016. Following a strong debut that set new box office records, but experienced a “historic drop” in its second weekend and never recovered. With a weekend opening of $166 million in North America, the eighth biggest opening of all-time, ahead of The Dark Knight Rises‘ ($160.9 million), a worldwide opening of $422.5 million, which stands as the second biggest for Warner Bros. and the fourth biggest of all-time and it became the fourth film to have a global opening above $400 million. But Dawn of Justice was still duped a failure both inside and outside of the United States.
The film experienced a notable poor Friday-to-Sunday hold and set a new record for the worst Friday-to-Sunday drop for a superhero movie release in modern box office history with a 58% decline, which was previously held by Fantastic Four. Despite turning a profit, it was deemed a box office disappointment and received generally negative reviews from critics. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 27% approval rating based on 330 reviews, with a rating average of 4.9/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice smothers a potentially powerful story – and some of America’s most iconic superheroes – in a grim whirlwind of effects-driven action.
BBC News reported that, “the film had been widely praised by fans after its first screening in New York last week. But critics have not been so positive about the long-awaited movie.” Lindy West in The Guardian described it as “153 minutes of a grown man whacking two dolls together”. ROFTL
On his podcast Hollywood Babble-On, film director Kevin Smith, a long-time friend and collaborator of Affleck argued that “there seems to be a fundamental lack of understanding of what those characters are about. It’s almost like Zack Snyder didn’t read a bunch of comics, he read one comic once, and it was Dark Knight Returns, and his favourite part was the last part where Batman and Superman fight.
Conversely, Peter Travers of Rolling Stone called the film “better than Man of Steel but below the high bar set by Nolan’s Dark Knight, adding that “Dawn of Justice is still a colossus, the stuff that DC Comics dreams are made of for that kid in all of us who yearns to see Batman and Superman suit up and go in for the kill.”
Thanks Peter, you may have be yearning to see these two Superheroes go at each other like most comic freaks, but for Pete’s sake (pun intended) they didn’t have to do it with a “confusing, distorted and incoherent script”. It wasn’t just about the movie being dark, humourless and menacing, it was a huge dragggggg. Snyder spent sooooooo much time trying to piece together a disjointed script, that the film became a bore and I fell asleep at some point. And the special effects? What was that! A whirlwind of hail and brimstone with some colossal creature that spits fire! Scratch that! Did I forget to mention a poor imitation of Lex Luthor villain, brief and uninteresting show of Wonder Woman, and don’t even get me started on the fact that Batman hands Superman his ass. Really?
I have to agree with those that say Snyder didn’t read comic books growing up, because if he had, he would know that a ‘Superhero Movie’ is about hope and light, not some dark twisted tale about heroes bashing each other’s heads in. Call us vultures or not Director Snyder, but for a long awaited movie Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice was “dry, boring and a huge disappointment.” Put simply, it was a horrible movie.
There you have it folks, check it out yourself and as usual let know your take. Do have a pleasant weekend, keep watching the movies and remember not to let anyone steal your chi. Adios!