Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is one of the most controversial movies Hollywood has seen in a long time. Personally, I knew from the beginning that this movie was going to be split with the fans and the critics. I thought it was going to be such a flop and I went into the film with low expectations and I ended up really enjoying the movie. After two viewings, I can confidently say that the movie sits in the top 5 of my favorite comic book films. Ben Affleck, Jeremy Irons, Jesse Eisenberg, and Gal Gadot all played fantastic performances. There was a great storyline, it was action-packed and it was a very entertaining film. I would give Batman v Superman an 8.5 out of 10.
So, if someone like me thought it was going to be a disappointment but really ended up enjoying it, that means the rest of the people who had high expectations must have loved it even more, right? Not even close. There were fans who were counting down the days for years until the movie hit theaters and they went in and hated the movie. This is what happens when people have too high expectations for their most anticipated films. I think the reason so many people did not like the movie is because it's not the way they wanted it to end up being or they are in denial that the film was actually really good and are jumping on the bandwagon that the film is bad.
However, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is not a perfect film. There are a lot of problems with the film, some of which just bother people even though they are not necessarily issues. For example, it bothers many fans how Batman killed many men with no remorse. I look at it as Batman has been fighting in Gotham for 20 plus years and he has gone through a lot. All the adventures you know Batman has been on in the comics, he has already been through, he has probably met most of his famous rogues. As the Punisher said in the second season of Daredevil (which was an absolutely fantastic season), villains pop back up like weeds.
Zach Snyder has tried to defend and give reasons for a lot of the things he did with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Just today, Zach Snyder revealed in an interview with Forbes that another origin story for Batman was absolutely necessary as many fans think it should not have included it. Snyder said the following:
"You know, they (Batman and Superman) are both born and live in a world where someone can care about them and mourn them, and they can love their mother. And that’s the cool thing, you know we spend so much time with the Martha-Clark relationship that I think it kind of pays off there. You realize, oh, we needed that as viewers, so we could get to a moment with Batman where that moment with Martha resonates. Because we’ve lived on with Clark’s relationship with his mother, so that moment is like, “Wow, that’s ringing for me and I feel it." When we were shooting the title sequence, that whole idea about, “Do we really need to see the death of the Wayne's again,” is a big thing to take a shot at again. But you realize you need it, because it actually pays off. And I really wanted to do it all the way."
I do side with Snyder for a lot of this. Every incarnation of the dark knight in film and TV has had its own version of the death of the Wayne's. This specific one I think may have been one of my favorites as it has stunning visuals taken right out of Frank Miller's comics. Not having the death of the Wayne's would not be the same as it should be fresh in the audiences mind. Snyder's take on the origin didn't hold back any punches, and I thought it got everything across in a fairly brief amount of time without dragging out the film.
Superman's relationship with his mother and also Lois Lane show his human side. Snyder is trying to explain that when Batman was about to spear Superman with the kryptonite spear, Batman saw Lois Lane and how she loved Superman and when Superman said 'Martha' and how that was his mom, Batman realized that Superman did have a human side to him.
Now, am I saying that moment worked? Absolutely not, I am just trying to express what Snyder was trying to get across. That moment was actually my biggest problem in the movie. I understand the whole concept behind it, but it should have been executed differently. As Batman was standing over Superman and Lois with the kryptonite spear, we should have seen an explosion caused by Doomsday. They would be forced to go save the day and Batman would come to realize that Superman is no monster when he saw him and Lois conversing. When Batman saved Martha, Superman should have been there and him and his mom would have had a moment and Batman would finally turn to Superman's side at that moment. In the course of 30 seconds, they should not have gone from brutal enemies trying to kill each other to super pals, that does not work.
Last but not least, go check out my new YouTube channel Movie Hutt, dedicated to the world of film. Above, you can see one of my latest videos, which is a part of a segment called The Weekly Hutt. Every week we discuss all the big movie news. This was before Batman v Superman and you can see what low expectations I had going into the film. Please tune in and leave your comments on the video — and also SUBSCRIBE!