So… Batman V Superman. Holy smokes, outside of Donald Trump, its the only thing the Internet has been talking about these last few days. You see, critics got see the film earlier this week (Tues) and within hours of the embargo being lifted, came the flood gate of reviews. There is no general consensus across the board on whether the not the film is actually any good. Divisive, would be the word for it. There are some reviews heralding it as one of the greatest super hero movies of all time, while others are eviscerating it, calling it a massive failure. It seems somewhere in the middle of all the noise, the truth is, the film has its merits/moments but has enough problems that the good may or may not outweigh the bad. It’s these latter complaints though that are not going unheard. Negative reviewers are banging on war drums with their scathing opinions/remarks (some overly personal); which has been putting fans on the defense, firing them up to hit up feeds and comment section in unified voice of “how dare you!” no wanting to have their opinions dictated by someone else.
Hey, it is what it is. This is a highly anticipated movie featuring some of the most iconic comic book characters of all time – expectations and reactions are going to run deep.
With a lot of sites (ours included) saying some not so nice things, comes the films director and its stars to the defense. Zack Snyder, Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, and Jesse Eisenberg have shared their thoughts (via Yahoo! Movies UK) on the films poor reviews.
The first defender is Cavill, who responded by saying that he believes the fans’ response to the film will be what really matters in the end:
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. What is really going to matter, I believe, is what the audience says because they’re the ones who are buying tickets
Ben Affleck chimed in after Cavill as well, with a short, “I agree,”
In response to Cavill and Affleck’s followup – Fans are loving it, critics are saying great things about parts but half of them are finalizing it as a negative review. Opinion isn’t even split but all over the place. How much of this is about the movie and how much is perception?
One reviewer called it sweeping and epic in one paragraph and overly wrought and gloomy the next… Dude. pick a path. Hell it is alright to even say it was “OK, enjoyable even, but lacked a few things”
People are getting frustrated with “critics” and lazy reactionary recidivism. Rather than forming an honest opinion and reflecting that back to a reader, these “critics” start repeating cliches and towing a line even when they contradict themselves. Got the same thing from the Star Wars hate (yet… fans mostly loved since for crying out loud it is what they said they wanted after the prequels, a Star Wars movie.)
Having said that, just because a movie is financially successful, doesn’t make it a good one. How a movie is remembered is the true test of success. Those Transformers movies make a killing at the box office but they are remembered as awful films. How do you think fans want to remember a movie featuring the beloved character of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman? Shouldn’t its lasting impression be a good one?
Zack Snyder, who’s been the whipping post for the films reactionary vitriol, let out a rather defeated response:
I mean look you know, I’m a comic book guy, and I made the movie based as much as I could on that aesthetic, so I don’t know how else to do it 100%, so it is what it is.
Blaming the director for a films short comings, is unfair. It’s really the writers fault. Look, if there is a common thread regarding the merits of Zack Snyder, it’s that he makes “good looking” films. Its truly breathtaking what he achieves, visually. But it’s a case of style vs substance. Not many of his films have been quality stories that are tight and compelling. Again, all that comes down to the writers – they’re the king makers, the builders of worlds. Problem with Snyder, though, is he often can’t see or admit to the problems that plague his movies. This is the same guy who still doesn’t understand why fans are upset that Superman snapped Zod’s neck at the end of Man of Steel, or have taken umbrage with the amount of destruction that Superman let happen around him (both of which were completely out of character just so you know). He says he’s a fan, but his perception is on a different wavelength from everybody else. And that’s the systemic issue regarding Warner Bros vs Marvel pictures – the suits and creatives at Warner Bros don’t treat their comic book franchises with the same respect and reverence as Marvel does with theirs. They make movies in the costume of their prized super hero properties but what’s underneath is entirely different.
This leads into a comment made from Amy Adams, regarding the old “we didn’t make this movie for critics” defense whenever a movie doesn’t pan well. She said:
None of us are making the movies for the critics…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].
She’s not wrong. People shouldn’t take critics (Everyone hates critics… until they like your favorite movie, right?) reviews as law and get bias stuck in their head. So that’s true. But, regardless if someone is paid for their opinions or not, aren’t we all critics? Don’t we ALL want a movie to be good? Don’t we all, ultimately, decide on how a film is remembered? When you make a movie, shouldn’t you go into it with the intent of giving as little reason as possible for criticism? Shouldn’t you want to make the guys at Honest Trailers job really hard? A professional critic is just doing their job of letting people know what to expect, to which may or may not draw audiences to the same eventual conclusion. Yes, audiences should form their own opinions but a bad movie is a bad movie in the end.
In the case of Batman v Superman, time will tell.
Source: Yahoo! Movies UK