Hello, fellow moviegoers!
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was released worldwide last week, and it was met critically with an overwhelmingly negative response. As of now it is currently sitting at a 29% on Rotten Tomatoes. Although I thought the film was pretty good as a whole, it’d be ignorant not to acknowledge the vast majority of critics. That being said, this film does tease many characters and stories that could be coming in the future. So the question is, does the negative response to this film mean trouble for the DC Extended Universe as a whole?
One thing that is agreed upon universally by critics and fans alike is Ben Affleck’s Batman was the best part of the film. His older and more brutish take on the character seems to be something that people are reacting extremely positively to. Not to mention Jeremey Irons’ Alfred Pennyworth is perhaps one of the most interesting things to see moving forward.
We know that we’ll be seeing Batfleck in Suicide Squad this August, and Affleck himself has reportedly finished the script for a standalone Batman film. Also, if you’ve seen the film you know they set up this universe to be very Batman-centric. How much so is left to be seen, but they’ve certainly paved the road for Batman in the future.
If there was one thing that Warner Bros. and DC NEEDED to get right in this film, it was Batman, and they did that in flying colors. So no, I do not think the negative critical response to Batman v Superman hurts the ongoing DC Extended Universe. In fact, I believe that this response will actually help it in the long run.
All of the elements of a good film were there in Batman v Superman, they just were written and edited poorly. The good thing about editing is, it’s a relatively simple fix. The film was written by David S. Goyer, however, Chris Terrio (who won an Oscar for his writing for Argo) helped rewrite it during production. If rumors are to be believed, then Terrio worked mostly on the Batman aspects of the film with Affleck himself (who also won a screenplay Oscar for Good Will Hunting) assisting him. Considering the Batman bits were the best parts, I’d say they did a pretty good job. Now here’s the exciting part. Terrio is the sole screenwriter for the first Justice League film! If he sees all of the negative response to Batman v Superman, then I believe Terrio can easily fix all of the writing problems moving forward. If he brings that greatness from Batman to the rest of the JLA, then this could make for an amazing movie.
While many people think that Henry Cavill’s Superman isn’t great, a lot do think that Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman was fantastic! It’s also important to take into account that all of the teases for the Justice League worked extremely well. They didn’t give away too much about the characters, but they let the audience know they existed and how powerful they are. So, a majority of the Justice League characters are all currently on a good note. Batman was awesome, Wonder Woman was a fierce warrior, and the rest of the Justice League seem really intriguing.
So do the negative reviews for Batman v Superman bode ill for the DCEU moving forward? No, I don’t believe they do. I believe Terrio, Affleck, Snyder, and co. will see this as a lesson learned. These are easily fixable problems, and I believe these reviews will make the DC Extended Universe better as a whole. Iron sharpens iron.
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