OK, so I know that is a big claim I am making, but I believe that I am correct. Why? Let me explain.
The movie has been anticipated for YEARS! Even though Man of Steel was a let down, people are and will be excited to see the two most famous fictional characters appear on the big screen TOGETHER for the first time. No matter how much of a Marvel fan you are, admit it you are gonna watch this movie. And it doesn't matter if you're not a nerd, because you'll watch it anyway. If you watched a movie that contains a team of B-list superheroes, you're bound to watch a movie that contain the two most famous fictional characters of all time. Also, Warner Bros. will spend a ton of money on promoting the movie. But there is also another, better, reason...
Originally, [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870) was supposed to come out on the same week as Captain America: Civil War. But Warner Bros. soon realized that wasn't the best option, not because they were pressured by the Marvel movie, but because it wouldn't get as much money. So they moved it to the 25th of March 2016, which happens to be Good Friday. This is an excellent decision because there are NO movies that will challenge BvS at all at that time. Also the money will go towards an opening weekend, so DC has a chance to get more money and break some records. Further more, in some countries Good Friday is a holiday.
THE MOVIE ITSELF
I'll admit, I am slightly concerned for the movie's screenplay (because its half written by the person who seriously pissed off DC nerds, David S. Goyer) but when the movie comes out, whether if its good or bad in the script, people will go to watch it because it will be one of the, if not the most action-packed movie of the year. People will go to watch it because they want to see an epic battle(s). Even though Man of Steel wasn't as good as it should have been, the final fight sequence was pretty damn epic. But back onto the plot of the movie, it looks awesome. Unlike what Marvel fail to capture (sometimes), DC are actually making it REALISTIC...well, as realistic as it can get for a superhero film. If a god appeared (which Superman basically is), he would indeed be a figure of controversy and all sorts of people around the world would take drastic action. But in Marvel films, no one gives a shit that the Hulk can just terrorize cities and just get away with it. But to be fair to Marvel, they are sorting out those kind of issues in Civil War. People say Marvel is better because DC is dark and gritty. That's just what children call realistic. So nut up or shut up. Finally, the movie will contain awesome villains that are worthy foes of both Batman and Superman. So people will go, watch this awesome and intriguing movie and recommend it to their friends. I'm telling you this movie is gonna make a shitload of money.
So people will go because its the biggest movie event of the year, there's nothing better on and because it will be a good enough movie that people will spread the word. But how much money do I think the movie will make? I think we can all agree it will definitely make more than a billion dollars. My guess is around $1.5 billion. Yep, I have high hopes for this movie.
The main reason Man of Steel received bad ratings was because it was too dark and Superman was destroying everything and Zod died blah, blah, blah. First of all, Zack Snyder justified why Zod was killed:
“If it’s truly an origin story, his aversion to killing is unexplained,” Snyder said. “I felt like, if we could find a way of making it impossible for him - Kobayashi Maru, totally no way out - I felt like that could also make you go, ‘This is the why of him never killing again.’ He’s basically obliterated his entire people and his culture, and he is responsible for it, and he’s just, like, ‘How could I ever kill again?’”
So yeah, they needed a reason as to why Superman would never kill again. But what about all the destruction that MoS was criticized for? That's where BvS comes in. By now everyone knows that people hate Superman because he destroyed half of Metropolis. That's why Batman and presumably Lex Luthor take action against Superman. So Batman vs Superman justifies Man of Steel. In a way, MoS was setting up BvS. Just like Avengers 2 is setting up Thor 3 and Captain America 3. So for that reason, I think Batman vs Superman will receive good ratings for justifying and dealing with the mayhem caused in Man of Steel, just like we would in real life. Like I mentioned earlier, I think this is what DC has done better than Marvel so far. But back to the initial point, the tone of MoS was, for some people, too much of a tone you'd use for a Batman movie...well, now that Batman is in the movie, no one should we complaining about the damn tone. Think of Marvel movies as children movies and DC movies as adult movies (even though BvS is a 12A age rating).
THE MOVIE ITSELF
A movie doesn't suddenly get good ratings because it has just spectacular action fight scenes (MoS is proof of this), but the "other" stuff also counts. And BvS has a LOT of that "other stuff". Here is the first official synopsis for the movie:
"Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before."
This shows there will be ethical and moral dilemmas in the movie as "the world wrestles with what kind of hero it really needs". And who doesn't love moral struggles. That's why I am also excited to see [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409).
I think the movie will receive good ratings because it will justify all the "pointless" destruction in MoS and also because it will be both very intriguing and exciting. Its hard to tell what rating the movie will get, but I am certain it won't get a "rotten" on Rotten Tomatoes.
To me, this is the most important response of them all. So that makes it the hardest to predict. But what do us fans like? I guess we'd like the movie to stay close to the source material, but we want to see them being adventurous, but not too adventurous. For example, we like the idea of a semi-retired Batman and a darker and grittier Batman (not that its not been explored in the comics, but its new for people who only watch the movies), but we still don't want Batman to cross that line, because unlike Superman, Batman has been at crime fighting for at least a decade. Every DC fan on any capacity will watch this movie. Everyone will.
So what do you think? REMEMBER: this is my personal opinion and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But be sure to tell me what I've missed or mistaken in the comments below!
Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice will be released on March 25th 2016!