Screen Anarchists On BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

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(The gloves come off as our team becomes a league, FOR JUSTICE!)

Sweeping the world faster than Superman, but tanking harder than the Batmobile on the review front, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is currently the topic of a great many discussions. It is raking in the money, yet its Rotten Tomatoes score wavers around 30%. Rather than rotten, that score actually implies that about a third of the reviews fell on the positive side of the tomato edge, which means that there is at least some division in the opinions.

We see that divide here at Screen Anarchy as well: several people liked it, others didn't, yet others said they would refuse to see the film even if they were paid to do so. Yikes. Therefore, it's time for another round-up of opinions!

James Marsh was the "lucky" critic getting to write our original review (a mostly negative one), so he starts this list with some afterthoughts to his article, but by clicking on the sides of the picture below you can slide through them all to see our general reception of the film. And please, do add your own opinion in the comments!


James Marsh, Ernesto Zelaya Miñano, Jason Gorber, Juan J. Espinoza, Zach Gayne, Jim Tudor, Daniel Rutledge and Jaime Grijalba Gomez contributed to this story.

James Marsh, Asian Editor

I saw Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice twice last week. Once in IMAX 3D, and then again in a much smaller 2D presentation a few days after filing my review. Having now endured over five hours of Zack Snyder’s meat-headed franchise building, my original published opinion stands. The film is a convoluted, incoherent mess, overstuffed with half-baked ideas that are never given the time or space to be developed or considered adequately.

The film’s biggest problem is also what is being championed by its supporters as its greatest strength “it was made for the fans”. I agree, BVS was totally made for the fans, but it shouldn’t have been. Not when WB spent $250 million on it. DC fans would have turned out in their droves to see any new film starring Batman, Superman et al. What BVS:DOJ needed to do, was open that universe up to everybody else if it was to be a successful foundation for an expanded cinematic universe. Too often the film was deliberately obscure, packed with so many flashbacks, flash forwards, premonitions, dreams and foreshadowing possible future events that the film completely lost its forward momentum and narrative through line.

Despite all this, I have hope for DC’s cinematic future. Suicide Squad looks incredibly promising, while Gal Gadot was fantastic as Wonder Woman and I cannot wait to see an entire movie devoted to her. If those films, Wonder Woman in particular, succeed financially, then we can all sit back, rest easy and admit that Snyder did his job right on BVS. If either of them fails, then the future of the Justice League on screen will be walking on very shaky ground indeed.

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  • Gopal Natarajan

    Yeah, never a good sign when the water cooler discussion about everything wrong with the movie is more interesting than the movie itself. A waste of a very good cast.

  • Forbes have informed of a Batman V Superman Box Office Drop Record 81% Friday-to-Friday. Not good.

    Zach, best review! LOL

  • Ben Umstead

    As one of the folks who said I wouldn't see the film even if you paid me (because I was more than done with Snyder's take on DC capes with the revolting, morally/ethically disconcerting MoS) it has been a lot of fun reading about this. From Marsh's well paced dissection to the counter-point articles over at Birth.Movies.Death and especially Mat Colgate's highly entertaining, highly philosophical review at The Quietus I've found a lot to appreciate and only hope that such media literacy can be imbued in the next generation. The perspectives shared here are appreciated, too. While Zach's is indeed funny, I find myself really valuing Jaime's very thoughtful and sorrowful response to all this.

  • Zero Lastimosa

    Wow, loved reading this. Although everyone gave their own mini reviews, it felt like a discussion you'd have with friends at a bar after watching the film. Not sure if you guys do this often but it would be cool to see more of these for other big debatable films!

    P.S. LOL @ Zach Gayne

  • Ard Vijn

    Thanks, that is exactly the mood we're aiming for!

    In the links above you can see the other "Team TwitchFilm" articles we did. We don't do them often, but we try for them to be fun whenever it happens. So far, we've covered INTERSTELLAR, EX MACHINA, AVENGERS ULTRON, SPECTRE and STAR WARS VII this way.

  • Mountaineer

    Stop making this superhero crap please. hopefully this will hasten the end. we just need a marvel flop to usher out the whole sorry, 3D, CGI, phony bollocks

  • Shelagh M. Rowan-Legg

    #TeamZach

  • Stu

    Finally saw this last night. Do not understand all the hate. It's no Dark Knight, but never claimed to be, and what is.

  • Ard Vijn

    Word, and I knew he had to get that image to go with it.

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