If you’ve come out of Batman V Superman feeling it was a great movie then you are among a divided section of fans. The other grouping are, shall we say, not happy campers spouting a barrage of hatred and vitriol the likes Internet has never seen (not since the Fantastic Four reboot anyway). Then there’s the ambivalent fans, the ones who are tossed between the things they liked vs the things they didn’t; feeling there were flashes of brilliance equal to some pretty big disappointments. Wherever you fall, it can be generally agreed upon the movie is not with out its complaints. No movie is. How far a viewer/critic wants to take these issues, though, seems to be what everyone is prattling on about.
For those fans that are calling shenanigans on the story and what director and writer Zack Snyder and David S Goyer tried to do with it, there comes a perspective/analysis that apparently has been lost among all the noise. This viewpoint is in regards to the heart of the movie (one that Kevin Smith recently said had none). An observation/argument made by fan Brett Culp, of The Rising Heroes Project.
A lot of BvS criticizers (myself included) are lamenting how Batman and Superman were depicted in the film. While everyone has their own idea of what Batman and Superman represent, it is universally accepted that theses heroes have particular value, virtues, and codes that set them above ordinary people – the things that make them heroes. While the characters methods of justice are different from one another, they both value all life (even that of an evil one) and are always struggling with a sense of guilt when people die and when destruction happens in their wake. In this movie, Batman and Superman have both killed and have been the direct and indirect cause of much destruction and chaos… and show little regard to it. Basically, very un-Superman like and very un-Batman like.
In Brett Culp’s heartfelt video, there is a particular reason for this. One that a lot have fans either didn’t notice or appreciate.
In the video, Culp gets a bit emotional but accurately depicts the film as the tale of two heroes trying to find themselves again. Batman after years of battle and loss, questioning the results of his efforts, and Superman questioning if his presence is really benefiting the people he is trying to protect. His argument is that throughout the film they are clearly not the heroes we’ve known for years, and the movie serves as a springboard to get them back to where we know they can be.
That was, no doubt, an emotionally charged review. It certainly added some serious depth to the film that many did not pick up on. Does his argument, though, transcend many of the films other argued weaknesses? Well, that’s certainly up for continued debate, that’s for sure. As far how Batman and Superman were treated and what their story ultimately was about? It may have been different than what some fans wanted/expected but perhaps different was the point.