This week, comic book fans around the world finally get to see Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I was very excited for this film for a long time until the second trailer with Doomsday dropped, making the movie look like a mess and spoiling a lot of what the film has to offer. Ever since then, I have been very iffy about how the film is actually going to be. I could see the film being one of the best superhero films of all time but on the other hand, I could see it being a huge disappointment. I have been waiting to see how other people react to the film but I will need to see the film for myself to decide whether or not I like it. I have said many times here on Moviepilot, on my YouTube channel Movie Hutt (click here), and on other things that I do not think the film is going to be very good. Now that I am beginning to see all these reactions, it is giving me a better idea of how I will like the film. I'm just going to have to wait until Thursday to see and I will post a video in this article when I upload it. But who actually cares what I think before even seeing the film. Let's see what many critics had to say.
The Embargo has Been Lifted and the First Reviews are In!
If there's one word I had to use to describe these first reactions, it would would have to be 'mixed.' I have been saying it all along, just like Man of Steel, this movie has some people who like it and some people who don't. I am not surprised at all and most of the things I have heard come as no surprise to me.
The Rotten Tomatoes score while I am writing this is a stinking 41 percent. It probably will go up at least 15 percent, but I am curious to see whether or not it will be deemed 'fresh.' Here are just some of the reviews posted on Rotten Tomatoes:
(Fresh) BvS will please those either waiting for the two main players to lock horns on a movie screen, or those who've just been pining for Wonder Woman forever. -Brian Truitt
(Rotten) It's another numbing smash-and-bash orgy of CGI mayhem with an ending that leaves the door open wide enough to justify the next 10 installments. Is it too late to demand a rematch? -Chris Nashawaty
(Rotten) The film may be imposing, but it's not fun. -Todd McCarthy
(Fresh) There are moments that make the whole enterprise worthwhile, and introduces an intriguing new Batman. But it's also cluttered and narratively wonky; a few jokes wouldn't have gone amiss, either. -Nick De Semlyen
(Rotten) Instead of playing up the differences between the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight, Batman v Superman flattens them. -Matt Singer
(Rotten) Lacks of real character development and, consequently, a bit of soul that gives meaning to the pyrotechnics. -Erick Ortiz
And my personal favorite one on Rotten Tomatoes which really caught my eye:
(Fresh) Those expecting BvS to be DC's answer to Marvel's Avengers will find it more akin to Snyder's Watchmen instead. -Jim Vejvoda
So it seems like critics on Rotten Tomatoes are very disappointed with Batman v Superman. It is the other movie reviewers that gave a split reaction to the film. There are so many different reviews that I have read but it seems to be it is split right down the middle, just like I predicted.
Most people who reviewed the movie agreed that Ben Affleck is the best Batman we have seen on screen yet. Considering that Bale and Keaton are not perfect, it shouldn't be hard to believe that bold statement. The film apparently is very dark and is not a kids movie from the opening scene of Bruce's parents being killed to the credit scenes. Again, that is no surprise to me as Warner Brothers has been telling us that ever since they announced this movie was even in production. Alfred and his chemistry with Bruce Wayne apparently really stands out and reminds people of Batman: The Animated Series, which is an awesome Batman cartoon from the 90s.
Wonder Woman has around 12 lines, take that as you will. This is like the Captain Phasma case where they advertise a certain character to have a big role in the movie who actually ends up having a little part. As Wonder Woman does have a bigger contribution to the story than Phasma did, she was still advertised as a main character. Wonder Woman's lines are supposedly very corny for the most part. Warner Brothers may have tried to cover up her acting but she is leading her own film next year so she better take some classes. The overall opinion of Wonder Woman is mixed but a little bit more positive than negative.
Overall, everything I am hearing about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to me as no surprise. It still leaves me in the same position I have been for a while: nervous. Since day 1 I have boldly stated that the general reception will be split down the middle. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice appeals more towards fans than critics. It is said to be better than Man of Steel but has not met expectations.
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