Batman V Superman has been lambasted by critics. Common complaints are that DC/Warner Bros did too much, cramming about 5 movies worth of story/development into one movie, leaving the films thematic and characters being un-substantiated and without effect. It has also been argued that the films two titular heroes were mishandled by having them kill or show little regard to death and destruction they let happen around them – which goes against the very values and virtues that set these characters on a higher pedestal than everyone else. There is a line they don’t cross, and in Batman v Superman… they crossed it.
But that’s that critics are saying. Real question is – what did Kevin Smith think about it?
The famed writer, director, podcaster and all-around professional fan-boy, calls attention another of the films short comings – it’s heart, or rather lack there of.
On his Hollywood Babble-On Podcast with co-host Ralp Garman, Smith shared his thoughts on the film saying that it didn’t have heart:
“Remember before when we were talking about Flash, and that is has hear, humor, and spectacle? The movie I felt like didn’t really have a heart. It was certainly f**king humorless, there was nothing funny going on in that world whatsoever, but it had lots of spectacle. Like you can’t tkake that away from Snyder. Boy, he knows how to compose a frame and how to setup a shot. Beautiful visual stylist but you need more than just pictures, you need the characterization and these characters seemed off character, particularly Superman”
So it’s not just critics that took umbrage with the movie. An actual director/writer and huge Batman fan like Smith had some had a negative response to the movie. This is a guy who hardly, if ever, speaks badly towards anyone or anything (exceptions being Tim Burton, Bruce Willis and Reese Whitherspoon). He’s best friends (or used to be) with Affleck, and has praised this movie ever since he gushed over the design of the Bat suit (which to be fair is the best on screen version of Batman, since well, ever), you’d expect him to be biased or go easy. But even Smith, couldn’t ignore the disservice to the films treatment of its characters. Of course, some fans couldn’t argue against his concerns regarding the films dark tones, which is kind of what a lot of comic book fans want out of Batman v Superman movie. Still, there were a lot of un-Batman things and a lot of un-Batman things in the movie. That definately comes down to, as Kevin Smith says, “heart”. Stories don’t work when the characters you are supposed to like and root for don’t have heart.
What do you think?