Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Bad Reviews


by Jonah Grimes

Warning: this article contains massive spoilers for the plot of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. If you intend to see this film in the future without spoilers, do not read the article below. You have been warned, and I will say it one more time: this article contains SPOILERS DO NOT READ IF YOU PLAN TO SEE THIS MOVIE.

“Do you bleed?” because your eyes probably will if you go see Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This movie is a superhero film directed by Zack Snyder and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film is based on DC comic book characters Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) and tells the story about how they first meet and decide to try and kill one another.

The film takes place eighteen months after the final fight between Superman and Zod at the end of Man of Steel, and shows how the world has been affected by the presence of Superman. Batman sees Superman as a menace that needs to be stopped and plans to do it himself by getting information on him, hacking into Lex Luthor’s (Jesse Eisenberg) personal data banks to find out a way to defeat him. After getting the data Bruce runs into Diana Prince A.K.A Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot). Bruce heads back to the Batcave and has a vision of a dystopian future and is warned by The Flash that he must stop this and that Lois Lane (Amy Adam) is the key. Bruce wakes up and his need to defeat Superman is cemented. The two have a huge battle that end in Superman’s defeat at the hands of the Dark Knight, but the two reconcile their differences and decide to take down Luthor who has just created a terrible super-weapon from Zod’s dead corpse named Doomsday. After a final battle that results in both Doomsday’s and Superman’s deaths, Bruce and a few others head to a private funeral for Clark, and Bruce decides to form the Justice League.

With all that said Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a terrible film with very few good qualities. The writers tried to mix together the stories of both Superman: Doomsday and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, and it just falls flat. Students who have seen the film had plenty to say about this train wreck.

“It was way too slow. It took so much time just to see the fight between Batman and Superman. I almost fell asleep,” stated Sophomore Brenan Capicchioni. The film really does take forever to reach its climax, and by the time it happens most people are left wondering why anything else that happened in the film even mattered.

Leaving the theater I asked myself so many questions: why didn’t Batman just take down Lex when he had the chance, or why Batman didn’t tell Superman about his vision? Instead we got a lazy fight ending how everyone expected it to, and a rushed film with plot holes.

Although the film is bad and almost every aspect is terrible from the slow pacing of the story to the rushed writing, which makes people scratch their heads wondering if there was more to it, the film does have some qualities to redeem it, albeit very little, like its visuals and the tone, “The tone of the film- it was dark unlike the Marvel films. It didn’t have a happy ending,” stated Junior Jared Rowe.

All in all Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice falls flat with a mediocre plot, bad casting choices, and slow pacing with little action. If I had to rate the film on a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice a 5. I recommend that people skip this film and have a friend who’s seen it tell them about it rather than waste your own hard earned money on this piece of garbage.