Batman V. Superman: The Worst Superhero Movie Ever?

Don't always believe everyone else


Grant Galvin, SPN Reprter

Before I start, I need to say a few things: this will not be a review of the movie nor will I be reviewing it. We already have someone who reviews movies on the website. I’m here to talk about the negative feedback this movie has gotten from critics and explain what they are trying to say in their reviews.

We good? Everyone understand? Great. Let’s begin.

Ever since the embargo on reviews for the movie lifted a few weeks ago, the critics have been less than favorable on BvS. As of writing this, the film sits at a 29% on rotten tomatoes. Of all the reviews I’ve seen, the things I’ve seen criticized the most are the editing and the plot. This movie was originally filmed to be 3 hours long, but the executives at Warner Brothers believed this would be too long. So, they had to cut out 30 minutes of film to squeeze it into a 2 1/2 hour run-time. This is what the critics complain about when they say the plot and editing were terrible. The editors were forced to cut out scenes that would flesh out the plot or explain the motivation of some characters. This form of editing made the movie feel more messy and convoluted than it originally was. WB has already announced an R-rated directors cut of the movie that will be released with the Blu-Ray, so if you can wait another few months before watching this, you might want to wait for the directors cut to see what inevitably will be the best version of this movie.

There’s also controversy over some of the casting for this movie. To be honest, when they announced Ben Affleck as Batman and Jessie Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, I thought these people must be insane for thinking that these guys could pull of their respective roles. However, everyone has been praising Ben as the best Batman we’ve had on screen and, apparently, he’s the best part of the movie. Eisenberg, however, has been regarded as a miscast for the brilliant, complex, and elusive Lex Luthor. I reserve judgement on him until I see it as they are doing a different version of the character, and I’m very interested to see what he does with it.

So these all seem like reasonable complaints. Whats the big deal? The big deal is many people believe this means the movie is trash.

Look at the comments on any review for this movie, and you’ll see people talking about how DC is dead now, or how the critics are just Marvel fanboys. Now, everyone hates this movie before they’ve even seen it. This is not what reviews are for. Reviews are meant to inform the public of what to expect when going into a movie. You’re not supposed to form an opinion on a movie by reading a review, but rather, you should read through it and understand the criticisms to know what your getting into in order to have your own, unique experience wit the film. I’ve heard from some people that it was the best superhero movie, and I’ve heard from others that it’s terrible.

There is no right answer when it comes to art.

Art is subjective. Everyone will have their own opinions and experiences with it. While some people can be moved to tears by a Picasso Paintings, another person will only see it as lines on a paper, and that’s okay. Just because someone doesn’t have that emotional attachment to the art you love doesn’t mean that it’s bad. It just means that it wasn’t for them. And while some people will deny it, Batman V Superman is art. Movies are art. Directors, writers, and actors are all artists. So, if BvS is art, then its natural for there to be many differing opinions on it. You can have that emotional attachment to this movie, and no one can say your wrong. And while it may not, technically, be a well made movie, that doesn’t mean you can’t love it. I love all kinds of movies that are not very good such as the transformers or the new TMNT. It’s all about the experience of watching movies that is important. That’s your experience. That’s your Batman V Superman.