After opening to impressive box-office numbers, Warner Brothers’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has sunken like the Titanic. The DC Universe film starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, and Jeremy Irons has undergone harsh critical review — even from its own cast — as the film’s sequel The Justice League Part One is currently in production.
In addition to Iron’s ironic take, Rotten Tomato‘s famed Tomatometer deemed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice a big ol’ splat with a 27 percent rating. The iconic sites dissatisfied contingency hoisted plenty of putrid Solanum lycopersicum’s in Batman v Superman‘s direction, deeming the film rotten to the core with 242 negative votes in a pool of 333 respondents.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice consensus review via Rotten Tomatoes says the following.
“Critics Consensus: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice smothers a potentially powerful story — and some of America’s most iconic superheroes — in a grim whirlwind of effects-driven action.”
The aforementioned Jeremy Irons, who portrays Wayne confidant Alfred Pennyworth, slammed the film, stating the storyline was “overstuffed.” Irons elaborated upon his displeasure with Batman v Superman, stating, “Deservedly so. I mean it took £800 million, so the kicking didn’t matter but it was sort of overstuffed… It was very muddled. I think the next one will be simpler. The script is certainly a lot smaller, it’s more linear.”
Regarding the financial specifics of Batman V. Superman, the maligned cinematic flop’s mega-studio Warner Bros. has reportedly opted to scale back on future film production as Batman V. Superman failed to reach its expected $1 billion dollar intake.
While Warner Bros. executives were “shocked” by the unfavorable reviews, what exactly what does this mean for the future of the Batman V. Superman franchise?
In response to the stinging criticism, Studio executives decided major changes would be made moving forward. Batman V Superman: Justice League producer Charles Roven has been reassigned within the company. Furthermore, a WB source insists, “we’re not going to take a movie that’s supposed to be one thing and turn it into a copycat of something else.” Instead, the studio will decipher what turned critics against Batman vs. Superman and make proper adjustments for Justice League Part One.
And speaking of the critics, here’s a juicy sample of their scathing reviews for Batman V Superman.
Collider‘s Matt Goldberg said the following.
“The movie drags through its first hour as it carefully tries to set up the individual conflicts, and yet the only character it seems to actually develop is Bruce Wayne. Unfortunately, it develops him into the worst Batman we have ever seen.”
Tim Grierson of New Republic said as follows.
“The template for how to make a great Batman movie laid out by Christopher Nolan in his Dark Knight trilogy—grounded characters, a somber tone, believable emotional stakes—has now been pureed by Man of Steel filmmaker Zack Snyder into this indigestible, posturing, two-and-a-half-hour mope-fest.”
As evidenced by these stinging appraisals, it would be in both Warner Bros. and director Zack Snyder’s best interest to right the ship before the release of 2017’s Justice League: Part 1.
And for Irons, he’s set to reprise his role in the 2017 sequel, stating “I’m tied into the Batman at the minute, which is nice because it’s a bit of income. “Not that I need a bit of income, but it’s nice to keep ticking over.”
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