Oh no, things aren't looking good for the new Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice movie. Already it's been panned by critics and has received mixed reviews from fans. Will this highly anticipated movie be huge, or fail to meet fans' expectations? I hope I'm wrong, but here are a few reasons why BVS could potentially fail.
1). It's already received bad reviews.
I haven't seen the movie yet, and I'm shocked after seeing so much hype online that people are disappointed. The movie has been rated a harsh 1.5 stars on Rotten Tomatoes and has received an average 3 star rating on Empire. The deeper I dive into the unforgiving internet, I find many reviews that are unimpressed with the new movie: according to The Telegraph, BVS is "the most incoherent blockbuster in years."
Sadly, The Telegraph is not alone:
"Marvel can rest easy. Zack Snyder's superhero spectacle is a meatheaded, humourless mess that squanders its cast and makes little sense" - Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
"In the final reel, the film begins to unravel. The fight sequences and explosions are well enough choreographed but can’t help but feel anticlimactic. The plotting becomes ever more simplistic. It’s as if the green kryptonite hasn’t just enervated the heroes but the filmmakers themselves. There is also a lingering suspicion that both these superheroes work better when they’re flying solo." - Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent
"Underdeveloped, overlong and stupendously dispiriting." - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
However - it's not all bad. BVS has been rated overall 7.7/10 stars on IMDb by 52,998 users, the majority of them rating the movie higher. Hey, don't take anything to heart Zack - you can't please everyone.
2). Trailer Backs Up Bad Reviews
I know, you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, and maybe you shouldn't judge a movie by its trailer either. But a movie trailer is designed to entice people into wanting to see the movie. Does the Dawn of Justice trailer do this? Yes, the trailer makes BVS look epic, and I bet those fight scenes and explosions look phenomenal on the big screen - but what else is there? I'm unclear of what happens in this movie, because according to the trailer, BVS is just going to be 2.5 hours of Batman and Superman fighting each other and for some reason Wonder Woman is in the middle of it all - maybe this is because Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill won't look as good in shorts and knee-length boots? Who knows, but it would have been nice to see just a little more than the special effects in the trailer.
3). It's a highly anticipated movie
Fans have been waiting months for this day to come - has Batman V Superman been over-hyped? When so many people are wanting to see a movie predicted to be a huge blockbuster it makes the risk of it failing - and not meeting those high expectations - even greater. It means it won't take much for someone to be so disappointed in BVS that they write a harsh review or a cutting tweet. Like I said Zack, you can't please everyone - and with a movie like this, it's more impossible than ever to keep everyone happy. I hope BVS's hype doesn't have a detrimental effect on the movie if it's as awesome as people are expecting it to be.
4). Man of Steel was awful
I'm sorry Superman fans! But I hated Man of Steel. I thought the movie was too long and incredibly dull. I got sick of the fight scenes and lack of plot, and was glad to be out of the cinema when it finished (the 3D glasses were giving me a headache and the seats made my behind numb - the movie wasn't even worth the pain!)
I was totally unimpressed by the Man of Steel movie, and BVS is sort of a sequel - so even though this reason is a personal one, other Man of Steel haters are going to be put off by seeing this movie. Hopefully BVS is better and can prove you wrong!
5). Unimpressed fans on Twitter
I agree 100% with what Henry Cavill has said in response to critics' reviews - it's what the fans think that matters, and their voice is louder. I wouldn't go on Twitter if I was you though, Henry...
However, I have also seen some positive tweets from fans too, so it would appear that BVS has generated a mixed response so far. According to Henry Cavill and his other co-stars, the fans are happy with the movie and what the critics say doesn't matter. An excellent response; this is a movie for the fans and it's what they think that matters most. I'll be interested to see what the director and cast have to say if more bad reviews emerge from the fans. Careful, we might push poor Ben over the edge (I think this is one of the saddest yet funniest things I've ever seen!)...
Thanks for reading! Did you like Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, or could it have been better? If like me you haven't seen it yet, what are your expectations? Comment and vote below!