Recently, Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice was released into theaters. The movie made a large amount of money at the box office, and audience reviews were positive, however, the film’s total box office gross dropped off in the following weeks. The movie stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. The film is set a short time after 2013’s Man of Steel, which also stars Henry Cavill. The plot centers around Superman’s rising controversy, as people begin to hate Superman for the destruction caused during Man of Steel. People have begun to believe that no one should be all-powerful, not even someone as heroic as Superman. Bruce Wayne (Batman) had his tower in Metropolis destroyed by Superman, and many of his employees were killed. He fears that the amount of power Superman has will turn him evil, and Superman feels the same way about Batman.
Man of Steel was also a subject of controversy among fans, due to its darker and grittier portrayal of Superman, showing him in a way that can be compared to the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy, rather than the old Superman movies made in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. People have always disliked Director Zack Snyder’s darker take on superhero movies. This, however, is an opinion-based complaint, and Snyder wished to have people not consider the past incarnations of the superheroes in his reimagining of the DC universe.
Critics were not as kind as audiences. A popular film reviewing website called Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a 29%, or a 2.9 out of 10, branding the movie as nothing more than an advertisement of the first Justice League movie, which comes out in 2017. By contrast, Internet Movie Database, or IMDB, gave it a 7.3 out of 10.
Was this harsh review accurate? I believe not. The film had many positive attributes. The cinematography was professional, the actors seemed dedicated to their roles, and the action scenes were intense, exciting, and well-edited. Critics were quick to point out that the plot of the movie hinged upon an unlikely coincidence, and that the main heroes were essentially tricked into fighting one another, rather than fight one another based on conflicting views, like the trailers indicated that the story would be. Audiences agree with some of these complaints, but the film’s imperfections were overlooked by many moviegoers. The overall film deserves a 7/10. Not perfect, but far from the abysmally low 29% received from its critics.