First Batman v Superman Buzz: "If You Loved Man of Steel, You'll Love BvS"

Thursday, 03 March 2016 - 12:01PM
Thursday, 03 March 2016 - 12:01PM
First Batman v Superman Buzz: "If You Loved Man of Steel, You'll Love BvS"
Warner Bros. has a lot riding on Batman v Superman, and there have been persistent rumors that the film is troubled, overcrowded, and just generally not turning out as well as it should. Now, the first spoiler-free review has come out in the latest issue of EW (via CBM), and it's definitely positive, but there's one big qualifier:

Opening quote
"Nobody In This Film Is Pulling Any Punches...Beneath the action set pieces is an intricate tale of hidden agendas, psychological turmoil, and even some complex theological questions- plus alot of smashing."
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So "if we loved Man of Steel, we'll love Batman v Superman"?? That's some pretty faint praise, considering how relatively few people "loved" Man of Steel. Many hated it (myself included), and even some of the staunchest DC fans could only muster the defense: "it's not as bad as everyone thinks." But, that being said, the fact that it was "grim/dark" was hardly its only (or even primary) problem, so if that's the main similarity, then BvS could still be significantly better.

EW has a relationship with Batman v Superman, so I wouldn't expect them to be 100% objective, but it is encouraging that Breznican confirms that Batman v Superman goes a long way towards making up for Man of Steel's cavalier attitude towards collateral damage, as he went on to say that BvS "took things people didn't like about Man of Steel and jiu-jitsued them into being part of the story." And in their latest issue, EW also seems to confirm those early reports that Wonder Woman is a standout, and maybe even "steals the show":

Opening quote
"Although the new film does focus squarely on the battle between the title heroes, Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) has a major supporting role, with her alter ego, Diana Prince, running afoul of Bruce Wayne as they engage in rival missions to steal some of Luthor's most disconcerting secrets. Even before she brandishes a sword and her golden lasso, Wonder Woman's secret identity is pretty badass."
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So what does all of this mean? I would guess, judging from the lukewarm praise/veiled criticism and the fact that the film is consistently tracked to make $140 million domestically in its opening weekend, that the film will perform well, but not nearly as well as Warner Bros. wants/needs it to in order to compete with the other superhero franchises that are considered to be successful right now. $140 milion is fine for a big blockbuster, but pales in comparison to the record-breaking $207 million for Avengers, and even worse, is only a little higher than Deadpool's $132.4 million. It wouldn't be a big hit for their finances, but it would be a huge hit for their morale if they only made a little more than an R-rated movie about a relatively obscure superhero with a niche type of popularity, compared to the household names of Batman and Superman. 

Many are saying that if Batman v Superman doesn't perform as well as they'd like, then the entire Justice League franchise could be in jeopardy. But, then again, they'll always have Suicide Squad.

Batman v Superman hits theaters on March 25.
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