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Now, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice may have been on the receiving end of a veritable critical mauling — with a current Rotten Tomatoes rating of 29%, and even an unusually low 71% rating from the site's fans — but that is yet to translate to the widely-predicted dramatic downturn in its box office fortunes.

In fact, with the movie now having stormed past the $500 million mark worldwide, it seems likely that the folks over at Warner Bros. are going to see the film's widespread criticism as more a sign of critical disengagement and Marvel fandom's bias than as a response to the film's failings.

From the perspective of the film's stars, however, that massive box office success apparently means one thing, and one thing only: In the end, it's really only the fans that matter. Indeed...

Gal 'Wonder Woman' Gadot And Henry 'Superman' Cavill Have Already Thanked Fans For Their Support

With Gadot's post in particular highlighting exactly how much the fan response to the movie is set to be emphasized over its criticisms...

Which, on the one hand, is an important and valid point. At the end of the day, it really doesn't matter if critics don't like a movie, so long as audiences do. They, after all, are who the film was ultimately made for — and it's their box office dollars, rather than stars in a review, that'll get a sequel made.

On the other hand, thought, it's important to remember that despite Batman v Superman's rampant box office success, it has also proven hugely divisive among comic book fans, with many expressing much the same disillusionment as critics. Now, that may or may not prove overly damaging to the film's box office returns this time around, but in the long run a divisive franchise is likely to struggle to hit the same financial heights as, say, the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

It's also, of course, entirely possible that the negative critical response is the reason Ben Affleck hasn't — at the time of writing this paragraph — posted his own response to fans. After all, from the evidence of the video below, it seems likely that he's locked himself in his basement, with only a Simon and Garfunkel album and a whole pile of Pearl Harbor DVDs for company...

Maybe somebody should, y'know, get Matt Damon over there, because otherwise we're totally going to end up seeing Gigli 2, and nobody wants that.

What do you think, though?


Batman v Superman: Yay or nay?



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