So the reviews have come in for Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and at a glance, it looks for all intents and purposes to be a terrible film. This follows the premiere on Sunday, where many fans took to Twitter with overwhelmingly positive feedback, many claiming it was one of the greatest comic book films of all time. As of right now the film sits at 33% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes with nearly 100 negative reviews. And yet it’s audience score sits at 79%. On Metacritic it sits low with 44% (but far less reviewers), while on IMDB it has a user rating of 8.1/10. What does this all mean?
It could mean a number of things. It could be critics joining forces to curb the swell of the Superhero genre, as part of the ongoing “superhero fatigue” debate. It could mean fans are going in and loving it for the sake of what it is. It could mean many went into the theater looking to hate on a film that is different than the status quo, and non-Marvel. Or it could just mean it’s a bad film, with a lot of actiony-glitter sprinkled over to make us forget the fact.
I’m seeing the film tonight. I bought my tickets before the reviews dropped the other day, and I’m actually more excited to see the film now than before, because of all the press it’s received. Obviously I don’t want the film to fail. But many have already considered it garbage because of what the critics are saying. I will admit that seeing such a low approval rating from such a large gamut of reviewers is disheartening. But so many reviews had such varying critiques that it becomes questionable whether or not these critiques are actual flaws in the film at all. Some reviewers said that Cavill’s Superman is wooden throughout, and that Snyder must hate the character. Other’s praised what he’s done with the role. Some say the CGI visuals were horrendous, and others say they melted their face away with sheer awesomeness.
The only glowing reviews I’ve seen have been from critics and sites who absolutely love DC Comics. And fans who are just happy to finally see their characters take the screen for the first time. I have a friend who got to see a fan screening, and he said it was awesome, but he couldn’t ignore the clunky storytelling, albeit the third act was excellent.
I will go into the theater tonight very worried. Superman has always been my favorite superhero. He’s the moral compass other heroes can only look up to. That said, I have very strong negative opinions of Zack Snyder’s first attempt at the character in Man of Steel. I’m hoping he’ll prove me wrong. I want him to get the character right. But it will be difficult for me not to go in with the weight of 100 negative reviews clouding my vision, and the notion that I didn’t like the last film in the DCEU. To illustrate, the same happens every time I see a Marvel film, but I usually don’t have much to worry about. I haven’t strongly disliked any of Marvel’s films. Age of Ultron was far weaker than the Avengers, and that will carry over into my viewing of Captain America: Civil War, but that’s as far as I need to worry, because I know what I can expect with Marvel.
I want this film to show me that the DCEU can work. I want it to prove to me that it’s worth investing time and money into. I’m worried it won’t. But I’ll keep an open mind, and I’ll give it an honest review after I’ve seen it. Below is my rating criteria for the film (so as to keep myself unbiased), and how I’ll give it a proper rating:
•How did they do with Superman? (Out of 10)
•How did they do with Batman? (Out of 10)
•How did they do with Wonder Woman? (Out of 5)
•Trinity as a whole? (Out of 5)
•Lex Luthor? (Out of 5)
•Were the other cameos done well? (Out of 5)
•How was the action? (Out of 10)
•Was the cinematography/CGI up to par? (Out of 10)
•How was the writing/story? (Out of 10)
•Editing? (Out of 10)
•Musical score? (Out of 5)
•Is this a good setup for Justice League? (Out of 5)
•Is the movie actually about Batman V Superman? (Out of 10)
What are your thoughts going into the theater? Are you still excited? Are you even seeing it? Do you usually agree with the critics? Let me know in the comments below. Keep them spoiler free, because spoilers are out there.