After what seemed like a lifetime of waiting, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has finally been released, and to many people, myself included, it definitely doesn’t feel like it was worth it. It’s the kind of film that gets worse the more you think about it, and even though it was hard to narrow it down, here are 5 reasons Batman v Superman is a terrible film.
This should go without saying, but HUGE spoiler warning!
1) It’s not Batman v Superman
This film had to be one thing – an epic battle between two of the most famous comic book heroes of all time. It was billed as Day versus (K)Night, Man versus God, Son of Krypton versus Bat of Gotham, Wayne versus Kent, and what did we get? One very mediocre and brief fight scene. The film also spent more than an hour setting up the differences in ideology, only to have them fight because Lex Luthor got involved. Speaking of which…
2) A bad man with a bad plan
I wrote a similar article to this about the most recent James Bond film SPECTRE, and I had a similar issue with that film. The bad guy’s scheme makes no sense. Lex Luthor managed to convince at least two dozen people that the following was a good idea: kidnapping an elderly woman, flying her half way across the country, tying her to a chair, writing ‘WITCH’ on her forehead in black marker, taking pictures with a Polaroid camera (the kind of camera a tech billionaire is unlikely to own), wiping the writing off, then waiting for at least an hour in a warehouse to see if Superman kills Batman, and if he doesn’t you burn the innocent old lady alive with a flamethrower. He’s also (somehow) created Doomsday to kill Superman, even though he knows Batman is the one that stole the kryptonite from him, and will more than likely kill Superman. So… he knew Superman would fail but still made Doomsday because…
This also brings to mind one of the worst off-screen scenes of all time – a bunch of hired goons shaking Polaroid pictures while the woman they’ve captured and tied up is sitting next to them.
3) More dreams than fights
What is Zack Snyder good at? Action scenes. This film is two and a half hours long, and there are three to five action scenes (depending on how you count it). To make it worse, most of these scenes are incredibly disappointing and brief (see point 1), and we’ve seen almost all of them in the trailers. To make this worse, it felt like for every action scene there were two or three dream sequences, a lot of which didn’t make any sense or contribute anything to the overall film. Does this make anyone else think of Sucker Punch?
Almost none of these characters are representative of their comic book counterparts. Batman is a gun wielding mass murderer. Superman is a mopey loner who doesn’t seem to want to help out. Lex Luthor is a mumbling mentally damaged maniac (basically acting like The Joker). These are iconic characters that this film has changed major elements of, and none of it was necessary.
5) They couldn’t commit
This film left one surprise for audiences, which was the death of Superman. It ended with the dirt on his coffin vibrating and moving around, just as it does when he starts to fly. We all knew that Superman wasn’t going to stay dead, because audiences aren’t that stupid, but to outright show it at the end was a stupid decision, because it kills any element of ambiguity and surprise, and takes away a major talking point.
What did you think about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Do you agree with any of these points? Share any thoughts in the comments.
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