With its opening weekend now behind us, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice turned out to be a success at the box office. But was it a success to die hard comic book fans? The internetz would say, “FUCK NO.” So what went wrong? I’ve heard more complaints about this movie than I can count on the fingers of both my hands. Granted, it’s not a perfect film but some of the things people took issue with were explained in the film but because of the fast pace, lost in translation. Then there are some that are just flat-out picky. So what I’m gonna do is take the most echoed of those complaints and rebut them with something the unwashed masses fails to use these days: logic.
Here are 5 things people hated about Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice that are just fine.
***Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD***
1. Superman’s lack of hope
Many felt that Superman didn’t provide enough hope for the audience or even Metropolis.
*sigh* Why am I doing this to myself. Are you kidding me?
Every last scene with Clark/Superman is about hope.
The beginning of the movie has a montage of him saving people and embodying hope. Metropolis is hopeful that everything will be fine and they worship him. Even when that shifts and Supes doubts himself, there was always someone reminding him that there’s hope. For him, the city AND humanity. Lois, Martha Kent and even Jonathan Kent in his conscience was reminding him for crying out loud. THE MAIN FIGHT TOOK PLACE BECAUSE SUPERMAN HOPED THAT BRUCE… fuck it.
2. Jesse Eisenberg is not a good Lex Luthor
I agree with this…….if he were playing Lex Luthor. The fact is, he’s not. He actually plays Alexander “Lex” Luthor Jr., Luthor’s son. We learn and are reminded of this multiple times throughout the movie. If Lex Luthor was my father, I would probably look all coked up and abuse my power too.
3. The Email
Bruce Wayne sends Diana Prince an email with video files attached and that’s when we first see the Justice League members. I see why people thought that was a lazy way of introducing them. Trust me, I do. HOWEVER! The files were dated June 2015. TWENTY FIFTEEN. Batman is too old to get in his Aston Martin DB 2/4 Mark III and look for fine ass Diana just to show her a picture and a few videos. Just shoot it to her DMs. Batman is smooth, chill. He don’t got time for all that. Besides, he already went through the trouble of loading all of it on his computer with a dial-up connection.
4. The Fight
Lots of complaints about this one. “It’s too short”, “It was convenient”, “The end of the fight was stupid”.
All valid opinions. I personally thought nothing extra would’ve added to the fight. Plus, they both were hurt enough. How they were both ready to fight at the exact same time is easy to forget because there’s so much going on but trust and believe it is explained. Clearly, Luthor masterminded the whole thing. When Batman stole the Kryptonite, Lex knew his plan had worked to get Superman outta here. Bat-signal goes up, Lex sees it and baits Supes using Lois and he gives him the ultimatum. Convenient? Superman is the definition of convenient. He’s always there when it counts anyway so that shouldn’t be a deal breaker in a movie with his name in the title. When Superman says, “Nothing stays good in this world”, you can tell he didn’t want to do it but he knew he possibly didn’t have a choice. He still tries to not go ahead with the fight but when he saw Batman wouldn’t budge, he’s angered by the fact that his time was running out. As for the end of the fight, it was Batman’s chance to do what he couldn’t as a child. Simple.
5. Superman’s fate
This one I completely understand why people were dissatisfied with. We know he’s gonna be in the Justice League movies. So why kill him? The best complaint I heard was that moving forward, deaths wouldn’t be as big a deal anymore because the last shot negates the importance of this event that took place too soon anyway. Oh, internet. Which one is it? He should’ve really died to make for a ballsy ending? Or he shouldn’t have died at all to make it more impactful later? To go with the latter, you’d have to sacrifice the ballsy ending for THIS movie and save it for the later movies. But then how would this one end?
We could blame this ending on Doomsday’s appearance being used prematurely but how can Superman die at the hands of Doomsday with the Justice League backing him? That would make Superman look even weaker than he already did 70% of the time in this movie.
I think we need to give the creators of this movie a little more credit than they’re receiving. It’s easy to complain about all of this. It’s not easy to make a movie like this. It’s not easy to get people who hate Superman to root for him. Although a lot of homage was paid to the comics with the way a lot of the scenes were shot, this is still a new rendition of these characters. Superman killed in Man of Steel. Batman slaughtered thugs in this one. Zack Snyder has his own vision of these beloved characters and still found the decency to include scenes and dialogue damn near identical to the comic book moments.
Take a deeper look at the aesthetic of this film and you’ll see what I mean.