Screen Anarchists On BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE
(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, 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.