Batman V Superman Reviews Are In & They Aren’t Good
Batman V Superman reviews haven’t been kind to the second film in Warner Brothers’ DC Cinematic Universe franchise.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opened in American movie theaters on Thursday night and critics and moviegoers alike haven’t been kind. The film was not prescreened for critics which is never a good sign. Zack Snyder is at the helm again after his outing as director for the polarizing Man of Steel in 2013. In Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Snyder has been tasked with creating a cinematic universe for DC Comics akin to the highly successful Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film introduces Batman and Superman for the first time on film, and brings in Wonder Woman to set up an eventual Justice League film.
Unfortunately, DC isn’t enjoying the critical and fan praise that Marvel Studios has. Rotten Tomatoes currently has Batman V Superman at a 30% critic rating. Critics are lambasting the movie as a “tangled mess of awkwardly entwined storylines”.
“When in doubt, [Snyder] simply slings another ingredient into the mix, be it an irradiated monster, an explosion on government premises, or the sharp smack of masonry on skull.” – Anthony Lane, The New Yorker. March 25, 2016
“Thematic carelessness is on constant display, which wouldn’t loom as nearly so large a problem if Snyder’s film didn’t advertise its aspirations to Moral Seriousness in almost every plodding, humorless frame.” – Christopher Orr, The Atlantic. March 25, 2016.
Critics also mention the ridiculous way in which Snyder introduces the cinematic universe:
“Whereas Marvel produced five superhero features before assembling its heroes in The Avengers, Warner Bros. has no such patience with its DC properties. (Justice League Part One is due out next year.) Nowhere is this impatience more evident than in a remarkably lame narrative shortcut in which Bruce Wayne happens upon a “metahuman” supercut of footage that introduces Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg in the course of approximately two minutes. Glad that’s out of the way, guys!” – Christopher Orr, The Atlantic.
While Batman V Superman has taken in over $115 million worldwide in just 3 days, it won’t be breaking too many records in the US. The film will do well, opening north of $150 million in it’s first US weekend, but won’t even come close to the $248 million record set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens a few months back.