Now that the dust has settled on “Batman v Superman,” the critical consensus is to rip it apart. Based on the best audience monitor, the box office numbers, the movie is a raging success with $420.1 million worldwide.
There is a good chance that the high attendance was due to the event aspect of the movie. I mean, this is the first time Batman and Superman have appeared together on screen, unusual for characters who’ve been around since 1939 and 1938 respectively. Not to mention the first time Wonder Woman, who celebrates her seventy-fifth anniversary this year, has appeared on screen.
This article isn’t about all that hoopla, just wanted to set context. Because “Batman v Superman,” though ripped by critics and a selection of fanboys, is not a great movie. It’s not even a good one. But it’s not a “Superman IV” or “Batman and Robin,” just for the simple fact it tried to be something more than just a comic book movie.
Just sucks that whereas Christopher Nolan, an executive producer on this one, could handle that type of movie with “The Dark Knight.” Director Zack Snyder and Nolan’s writer David Goyer couldn’t even with the help of Oscar winner (“Argo”) Chris Terrio.
(An aside – Akiva Goldsman won the Oscar for writing “A Beautiful Mind.” He also wrote “Batman and Robin.”)
And there are five things that actually worked in the movie. Let’s check them out.
BTW – major spoiler. You’ve been warned. Continue Reading →