‘Batman v Superman’ Cast and Director Respond to the Film’s Poor Reviews

By March 24, 2016

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few days, you’ve likely heard about the uh… poor… reviews from critics that DC’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has received. The film’s Rotten Tomatoes score has been steadily decreasing over the past few days as well, as more and more critics release their reviews and finally see the film.

On the other hand though, fans’ reactions have seemed mixed as well, with some calling it one of the best superhero movies ever made, some shrugging their shoulders to it, and others sharing the hatred that some of the more scathing reviews of the film contain.

While speaking with Yahoo! Movies UK recently though, director Zack Snyder and the film’s stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, and Jesse Eisenberg shared their thoughts on the film’s poor reviews. The first came from Cavill, who responded by saying that he believes the fans’ response to the film will be what really matters in the end:

“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.”

If I’m being honest, I don’t know if I completely agree with Cavill’s response. While I agree that yes, the audience and fans will ultimately have the final say in the film’s success, as they rightly should, I find it weird that he suggests movie critics, who watch and review movies because they love movies, would go into Batman v Superman intentionally wanting to hate it and give it a bad review.

Sure, personal bias affects everything that we see and consume, since there really is no way to completely separate your own personal opinions from reviews or while you’re consuming film, but when it’s this large of a majority of critics giving the film dissenting reviews, then I think the idea of every single one of them going into the movie already planning on giving it a bad review, falls apart.

Ben Affleck chimed in after Cavill as well, with a short, “I agree,” though he kinda just looked like he wanted to get away from the press as quickly as possible throughout.

Zack Snyder, who has faced the blunt force of a majority of the film’s criticisms, and looks like he’s aged a year over the past few weeks, responded with a bit of a defeated conclusion:

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

Amy Adams used the sort of trademark “we didn’t make this movie for critics” line that I think we hear whenever a movie gets poor reviews, and sounds eerily similar to what the cast of Fantastic Four said last year:

“None of us are making the movies for the critics…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].”

It’s a good point. Reviews are not to be taken as gospel after all, as much as they act more as advice than anything else, telling audiences what they should expect when they go to see a movie opening weekend. Considering how many pre-sale tickets were already sold for Batman v Superman as well, it will be interesting to see how much, if at all, the poor critical consensus might affect the film’s success financially moving forward. Though I don’t think it will be all that noticeable.

Gal Gadot chimed in positively for the film as well, but it seems like a majority of the cast and crew aren’t letting the poor reviews get to them yet, other than Affleck and Snyder maybe, who just look tired.

You can check out our full review of the film here as well.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will hit theatres tomorrow.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • TheRob

    I get Afflack’s seemingly depressed sounding responses, I think he more than anyone else wanted to put forth something good, his excitement to portray Batman/Bruce Wayne was evident. He’s most likely worried that the negative reviews will affect his chances of reprising his role in the future. The only thing I might give him any guff for is not speaking up on Batman murdering criminals.

    Snyder’s botched handling of this movie tells me he isn’t as much of a comic book guy as he claims to be. Jesse Eisenberg’s casting kind was a hint for me, Jesse for the most part plays the same character in all of his movies.

  • Student of Alchemy

    Based on his movies, I think Snyder’s claim that he loves and
    understands comics is sincere, they problem is which comics he’s talking
    about. For those who view The Dark Knight Returns as the seminal
    Batman, BvS looks truer to the source material compared to those who
    know Batman from the other 99% of the source material.

    To those who like BvS and MoS, I say this: I know WHY you like these movies, but I don’t know HOW you could like these movies.