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424 Million Reasons Why No One Cares that Critics Hate “Batman v Superman”

Updated on March 29, 2016
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Ben Affleck, director Zack Snyder and Henry Cavill at a Chinese press conference for Warner Bros. Pictures' Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, held in Beijing, China, on Friday, March 11, 2016. (Photo: Business Wire)
Ben Affleck, director Zack Snyder and Henry Cavill at a Chinese press conference for Warner Bros. Pictures' Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, held in Beijing, China, on Friday, March 11, 2016. (Photo: Business Wire)

If you took a peek at the ratings on Rotten Tomatoes before heading down to the cinemas to see "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” you are already aware that this movie is possibly one of the worst rated blockbusters of the year.

By now you know the plot; manipulated by super genius Lex Luthor, two of DC Comics’ most famous characters throwdown in what is supposed to be a battle to the death.

The awfulness of this latest superhero film to fall off the Hollywood assembly line was almost as overhyped as the film itself. From the moment Ben Affleck was announced as the latest actor to inherit the mantle of the "Dark Knight", the expectations of the film’s critical success were low.

Negative press aside, however, overall “Batman v Superman” is really not all that bad. Despite all prognostications to the contrary, Ben Affleck makes a debonair Bruce Wayne and a convincing Batman. As a matter of fact, his portrayal of "the caped crusader" could possibly be the best to ever to hit the silver screen.

Beyond the impressive physical performance he displayed while donning the legendary cape and cowl of the Batman, the depth Affleck brought to his representation of Bruce Wayne was inspiring. He does something that no other actor playing Wayne has done before; he makes you afraid of Bruce Wayne.


Ben Affleck,, takes a selfie with a fan on the red carpet for a fan engagement event being held at Indigo Mall in Beijing, China
Ben Affleck,, takes a selfie with a fan on the red carpet for a fan engagement event being held at Indigo Mall in Beijing, China

Henry Cavill’s acting was much better than what it was in 2013’s Man of Steel. However, if only a little part of you secretly disliked Superman, after watching his portrayal of the "Man of Steel" and his alter ego Clark Kent, you will walk away feeling that the “big blue boy scout” is a complete overzealous, self-righteous jackass.

It pains me to say, but the worse bit of acting came from Jesse Eisenberg (Sorry Jesse we actually still love you by the way). His portrayal of a Lex Luthor who is slowly driven to acts of criminal insanity by his obsession with bringing down the Man of Steel was over the top at its best and awkward to watch at its worse.

Another disappointing aspect of the film is the fact that one of the best Superman stories was shoehorned into a movie that already had a bit too much going on. Most fans who lived through the early 90s “Death of Superman” storyline (which deserves its own movie by the way) will recognize much of the plot lazily inserted in the last part of the film.

"The Death of Superman" One of the best selling graphic novels of all time

Other than that "Batman v Superman" is plagued by confusing flashbacks and dream sequences and hamfisted treatments of about a half dozen conflict narratives. High-minded themes like human’s relationship with God, the dangers of hero worship, the inevitable corruption of those who wield unchecked power etceteras were a bit on the nose, to say the least.

But when it comes down to it, what does this and other comments about the artistic merits of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" really mean? Absolutely nothing. It sure as hell didn’t stop people from buying a ticket to see it.

Warner Bros. Pictures reported over the weekend that “Batman v Superman”’s opening weekend raked in a staggering box office total of $424.1 million worldwide making it the highest earning superhero movie opening of all time and the fourth-biggest industry opening of all time.

Zack Snyder (far left), director of Warner Bros. Pictures' Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, unveils the sleek new Batmobile onstage with (left to right) Ben Affleck, Chinese Spectator Ambassador Li Yifeng, and Henry Cavill
Zack Snyder (far left), director of Warner Bros. Pictures' Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, unveils the sleek new Batmobile onstage with (left to right) Ben Affleck, Chinese Spectator Ambassador Li Yifeng, and Henry Cavill

Our excellent date allows us to take advantage of the spring holidays with a five-week window until the next Superhero film.

— Veronika Kwan Vandenberg

Now the reason why “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” enjoyed the biggest March opening ever, both domestically and internationally, may have been due to a stroke of marketing genius.

With nearly a month between the opening of "Batman v Superman" and "Captain America Civil War" (Opening on May 6), Zack Snyder’s creation really didn’t have much to compete with.

Warner Bros exec Veronika Kwan Vandenberg in press release admitted as much “Our excellent date allows us to take advantage of the spring holidays with a five-week window until the next Superhero film.”


So you don’t love "Batman v Superman". So what? If you are a dyed in the wool geek you were never going to miss this movie and the massive weekend box office haul for Warner Bros proves that.

And guess what? You’re not going to miss the upcoming Justice League movies either, no matter how much you think this movie sucked.

Whether it was begrudgingly or not, moviegoers have put their money where their mouth was. From this point on critics be damned because going forward, whether Snyder's future work with the creations of Bob Kane, Bill Finer, Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel draws praise or condemnation, this film marks a new dawn in the telling (and retelling) of the storylines of some DC’s biggest properties.

It’s impossible to know at this point if Wonder Woman and the aforementioned JLA movies will get a better reception from critics but one thing is certain, with the inevitable strong word of mouth by fans we can look forward to a long and prosperous run for "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” .

GAL GADOT as Wonder Woman, photo by Clay Enos (Photo: Business Wire)
GAL GADOT as Wonder Woman, photo by Clay Enos (Photo: Business Wire)

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