Over the past two years or so, I've seen a lot of complaining and criticism from fans about the upcoming film Batman vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice for the way that it might possibly be handled. Being a fan of the movie Man of Steel, I have no worries or concerns for the movie, and neither should you.
I'm not really going to explain why as far as content is concerned, because all I have to say is that we shouldn't judge a superhero movie based on its faithfulness to the source material (the Dark Knight trilogy was a huge hit, and no one really complained about its comic book connections or lack thereof in that). We shouldn't judge a movie by its trailer either, which is something that this movie has practically been plagued with already. I personally enjoyed the trailer because I watched it with no expectations, and that's something that everyone else needs to do too. I know that that can definitely be hard for the comic book fans who are passionate about the source material. I should know. Being a diehard Star Wars fan, I had certain high expectations for the [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) trailers (they were fantastic, nothing to complain about as of yet).
In the end, it all comes down to that one simple phrase 'don't judge a book by its cover'. Considering that the release date of the movie was moved further down, and the script was given some major rewrites, we know that Zach Snyder and the production team are hard at work making sure that this movie is a hit with fans and newcomers alike. You can't please everyone obviously, but I know that they're going to try as hard as they can to please as many people as possible.
I think one of the biggest issues about the 'culture' of comic book/superhero fans is their rate of high expectations. Please understand that I completely understand this. I myself have had high expectations for stuff, that's why I walked out of The Avengers and [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035) feeling disappointed. I still think both movies had their share of flaws, but The Avengers was a better movie after the second viewing because I knew what to expect. Same went for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. After the second viewing, I was able to appreciate it more because I accepted it for what it was, not what I envisioned it to be, and I ended up liking what was there.
We also need to know that one of the ways a movie is made more famous is its accessibility. The movie should be made to appeal to newcomers of the franchise too, otherwise they'll walk out of the theater wondering what just happened. I personally love it when comic book movies are informative and explain themselves as long as they don't fall into the trap of info dumps or exposition.
At the end of the day, I say lower your expectations and give these guys a chance. I have a feeling a lot of people who have criticized the movie before its release will actually be pleasantly surprised. I myself am looking forward to seeing this movie, and I'm even more excited by the fact that it will be hitting theaters right around the same time as Captain America: Civil War, so it's going to be a fun month for superheroes next March. Until then, stay calm and wait for [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870)!
What do you guys think of this? What are some things you loved or hated about Man of Steel that influences your feelings about Batman v Superman? Sound off in the comments below!