Anywhere you’ll go these days, people will probably ask you if you’ve seen Batman V Superman, released in UK and US cinemas on 25th of April. Those that have seen it seem to have either loved it or hated it. Never heard or read a middle-ground opinion on it so far. It was one of the most anticipated superhero movies of the year but it rapidly became one of the most hated. The first reviews that hit the Internet weren’t just bad or negative, they literally tore the film apart. On Rotten Tomatoes, the blockbuster’s rating went down pretty fast till it reached 29%.
At first, fans didn’t really seem to care about all the fuss created by the media and the film grossed over $420 million at the global box office during its opening weekend. However, the ticket sales dropped rather quickly the following week. Forbes has reported that the superhero face-off has seen an 81% drop from the first Friday to its second, setting the record for the biggest Friday-to-Friday drop for a major/big-budget comic book movie ever.
At the end of the day, it’s quite hard to tell whether Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is indeed a success or a failure. If you didn’t like it or end up disappointed, you’re probably blaming it on the casting, on the director, on the plot or even the high expectations that surrounded its release, but you have to admit that Zack Synder’s film dares to go where very few other superhero movies have.
A very interesting comparison has been made between the latest DC’s cinematic creation and the latest Marvel ones. While these can be often reduced to a mere combination of action and laughter, Batman V Superman focuses on political and philosophical contents that are much more profound and serious. It doesn’t make you laugh, nor wants to, but it makes you think. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.