March 25 2016

Batman v Superman crew respond to negative reviews

The cast and crew of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice have some thoughts on all of the negative reviews.

As I write this, the new Batman v Superman sits at 31 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Speaking with two people who saw an early press screening, they both agreed the plot is thread bare and doesn’t make a ton of sense. So it’s time for the cast and crew to go into damage control.

Henry Cavill (Superman) is first up:

The interesting thing is that we get the critics who have their personal opinions. And the thing about personal opinions is that they always come from a place. And there’s a preconceived idea which you have to get past a critic before you start writing your article or your review, and that affects everything. What is really going to matter, I believe, is what the audience says. Because they’re the ones who are buying tickets, they’re the ones who want to see more of this kind of story or not and so the audience’s voice is loudest and after this weekend the audience, at least partly, will have spoken.

He has a point. Critics have universally hated the Transformers movies, but they keep making money. Plot doesn’t always matter, but it sure is a nice thing to have from time to time.

Amy Adams (Lois Lane) adds:

If you’re interested in a film you should see it and form your own opinion rather than just going on the word of somebody [else].

Well… that’s kind of the point of critics. They will influence some people, and that’s a good thing so we can send a message to Hollywood to stop making crap.

And lastly, director Zack Snyder speaks:

I’m a comic book guy and I made the movie based as much as I could on that aesthetic. And so I don’t know how else to do it 100%, so it is what it is.

You could begin by not doing character assassinations.

A lot of this movie is based on trying to fix the ending of Man of Steel because so many people complained about it. That’s not a good place to start from. If you sit down to write a script and you have to go, “Well, guess I need to address the endless mess of the closing of the last film…” you may want to rethink things. The studio may also want to rethink your involvement. Warner Brothers didn’t, and Snyder trudged ahead.

As I’ve said previously, this film will still make money, but it is going to be painful it seems for a lot of us seeing it.

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