“Batman v. Superman” Disappoints Viewers but not Box Offices
By Lucia Rossi
Since 2014, all comic book fans have been impatiently anticipating the release of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” but now, we all can’t wait until it gets off the big screen. This was just to hold us over until “Captain America: Civil War” anyway.
If you’re not a major comic fan, but really enjoy loud action films with an immense amount of destruction, then this movie is for you.
However, if you actually care about the plot, character development, controversial themes, witty dialogue and trueness to the comics, then you might end up nearly taking a nap like me.
The film is called “Batman v Superman” but it was more like “Lex Luthor v Batman, Superman, & Wonder Woman.”
The movie doesn’t focus on just Batman and Superman because it was all over the place, trying to cover too many things at once.
One minute Bruce Wayne is brooding about how angry he is that Superman is careless with his casualties and that his parents are dead.
Then you’re with Superman who’s meaning behind his love for Lois Lane and his journalism job is still missing while the public treats him like a God.
Then your with Wonder Woman, who has no background story and has barely any lines, and then there’s Lex Luthor, who is a genius but is insane, which is just out of his character. Where do I even begin?
Believe it or not, even with all the action, the film was boring. If you took all the scenes of just people staring, standing, and posing, there would be a substantial amount of time to put more important things like transitions into certain scenes, and more background information on things we don’t actually know about, like Wonder Woman, and not Bruce Wayne’s parents getting killed for the millionth time.
They should have also mentioned Darkseid at some point because Bruce Wayne has a vision of an apocalyptic future and it just make no sense with the rest of the film. Preparation for the next film is of course necessary, but it has to be done well.
Yes, Cyborg, the Flash, and Aquaman are technically in the film but they are not really in the film. You see video clips of them, one of which reveals cyborg’s origin.
Ben Affleck as Batman was the least of this film’s problems, in fact, he was actually pretty good. He played an older, stressed, experienced and tired type of Batman. He beat the joker already and Robin was killed by him, but nothing else is revealed.
Sadly, that kind of information might have helped his story more.
I also did not appreciate how Batman was totally fine with using guns and actually killing people, that’s just not him. Don’t even get me started on Alfred Pennyworth.
Henry Cavill as Superman is perfect for looks, but not so much for character. Superman is supposed to be this awkward, innocent, boy-scout, farm boy like how Christopher Reeves originally portrayed him.
It would have made his character more likeable if they were more true to it. What he did have going for him was that guilt every time he did fail to save people’s lives.
Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor did bring some minor humor to the film, but not enough for it to be enjoyable.
Lex Luthor isn’t even supposed to be funny, and he isn’t supposed to be so twitchy with craziness.
He is known as this cool, calm, powerful, immensely intelligent, manipulative businessman and politician, but that’s not what we were given.
Lex’s plan wasn’t exactly well thought out because he unleashed Doomsday but had no plan of stopping it once Superman was dead.
It’s not even clear why he hates Superman in the first place. I miss Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor at this point.
The fight between Batman and Superman is less than 10 minutes long, and was actually completely avoidable.
Superman and Batman become bros after they both realize their mothers have the same name. They also immediately start referring to each other on a first name basis with no explanation of how they got there.
Critics clearly hated the film more than fans did with a 29% rating on Rotten Tomatoes but 71% audience score.
It also 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.
Overall, everything in this film was too packed together and was rushed.
So, it was sloppy, but people will take it and pay money to see it because, in the end, it still is Batman versus Superman.