‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Flops on the Silver Screen

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Flops on the Silver Screen

Christian Fend, Staff Writer

Probably one of the most anticipated movies, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” hit the big screen on March 25. The major question going into the movie was whether or not it would live up to the hype. The movie received mixed reviews receiving a low score of 28 percent on Rotten Tomatoes while obtaining a decent 7.2/10 on IMDb. However, the film simply did not live up to the hype it received. That’s right, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” similar to the last DC comic films flopped on the silver screen. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good superhero movie, the problem was that this movie was not a good superhero movie.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is about a conflicted Batman, who is not sure whether or not Superman can be trusted given his extreme abilities, especially after experiencing the devastation of his battle with Zod. Meanwhile Lex Luthor conveys a plan that could possibly destroy the city. In order to stop Lex, it seems that Batman and Superman will need to look beyond their differences to save everyone. Directed by Zack Snyder with a colossal budget of $250 million the film truly did have lots of promise. Also with a star studded cast of Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman, the movie did have hope.

The problem is the film simply had too many variables with too many things it was trying to set up. The movie was attempting to set up Superwomen and the Justice League movies. In doing so it leaves you confused and trying to play catch up as the plot zooms back and forth between characters in a way that would leave even those who read the comics lost. Simply DC tried to fit so much in the movie that they ended up sacrificing the plot on the process. For example, Batman is about two seconds from spearing Superman to his death but because Superman mutters Martha which happens to be both Superman and Batman’s mother’s name Batman suddenly decides not to kill Superman, but rather to team up with him. Not to mention about 10 minutes later Batman refers to Superman as a friend of his. This is honestly one of the most utterly absurd plot twist ever created, which is simply why this movie was just so disappointing.

While the film lacked plot and actual meaning, it did attempt to make up for it in some of the most exciting fight scenes in any superhero movie. There was a scene with Batman that was especially stunning where he takes on an extreme amount of hostiles in a generally enjoyable and exhilarating way. These fight scenes did a good job of making the movie entertaining to watch at some parts. So, if you came to just see big fight scenes that clearly absorbed most of the $250 million spent on the movie you may have enjoyed the movie.

However, for anyone who actually went to watch a good movie that made sense with an enjoyable plot … well, prepare to be disappointed. The plot was simply too confusing and fast paced to a point where the movie was not enjoyable. The few good fight scenes of the movie were generally overshadowed by the nonsense plot, and because of this “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” was a bad movie that flopped on the big screen.