Admittedly, I haven’t seen Batman vs. Superman. However, the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes are scaring me away. Last I checked, only 31% of critics enjoyed the film, which is an abysmal rating for a DC Comics film. I was supposed to see it this weekend with my friend, but I don’t think I want to anymore. I’m a huge DC superhero fan. I’ve seen all of the films, watched every episode of Smallville and Arrow, and I’ve seen a lot of the 90’s Batman and Superman animated series. Superman is my favorite superhero. However, I’m afraid that seeing this film might ruin Superman, and DC comics for me.
Like a lot of other superhero fans, I’m glad we FINALLY got to see Batman vs. Superman on the big screen. The mash-up has been done before on the old television 90’s series and in the comics, but this is the first time the two have been together on film. This is also the first on-screen appearance for Wonder Woman, who is arguably the most famous female superhero of all-time. By featuring both these firsts, the film has already made history. Still, these factors don’t outweigh the following reasons why I won’t see the film.
Superman Deserves Some Justice
As I said before, Superman is my favorite superhero. I started watching Smallville years ago and fell in love with the Superman mythology. In my mind, Superman is also one of the most relatable superheroes. He’s an outsider, and haven’t we all at some point felt like we don’t fit in? I had high hopes for Man of Steel because we hadn’t seen a good Superman film since the first one came out in the 1970’s. Steel was a huge disappointment to me, but I felt that maybe his character could be redeemed in Batman vs. Superman. From what the reviews are saying, it sure doesn’t sound like it. Hopefully, one day Superman will get a good movie. And when he does, I will see that one.
It’s Not “The Avengers”
Yes, obviously The Avengers are part of the Marvel Universe. I understand that these two films will be very different. Admittedly, I don’t really like the heroes in the Avengers that much. My favorite would have to be Captain America, but I’m still not an avid fan of him. But I really enjoyed and appreciated The Avengers film because of the way it balanced the group of superheroes. That film was the first superhero team film and it could have failed completely, with all of the characters it had to balance, but it did just the opposite. I owe most of the credit to Joss Whedon, one of my favorite writers of all-time. The man is a genius. This film proved that a superhero team film could be a fun, action-packed, character-driven and powerful story.
I honestly didn’t have the same high hopes with the creative team behind Batman vs. Superman. Zack Snyder is a good director, but he tends to focus more on visuals, like in his previous films, Watchman and Man of Steel, but doesn’t do as good a job as Whedon when it comes to balancing that with storytelling. From what I’ve heard, the film is beautiful to watch, but the story falls flat. The story could have been great, in my opinion, but it failed to live up to the hype.
I wasn’t a fan of the initial casting of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. I think he’s a good actor, but not the right actor for the part. Billy Zane would have been my ideal casting for the role. Maybe we were too spoiled with Michael Rosenbaum, who was the perfect Lex Luthor in Smallville, but I’ve always imagined Lex Luthor to be the way he portrayed him: smart and charming, but manipulative. Eisenberg’s Luthor seems intelligent, but he lacks the charisma and intrigue that Rosenbaum had.
Maybe I will see Batman vs. Superman. Still, I can’t help but be disappointed that it isn’t the same critical success that The Avengers or The Dark Knight series were. I’m hoping that The Justice League film can redeem it. At the very least, I’m excited for Suicide Squad.