Unlikable Superman

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For starters I actually enjoyed Batman v Superman. Even though I only saw the movie once.  I promise I will eventually see the movie a second time. Unfortunately the majority of the hard core fanboy movie-going audience didn’t enjoy the film as much as I. Even though the film has to date made an impressive $325 million domestically and $863 million worldwide, many critics have unfortunately panned the film. With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 27%, this film was barely given a chance by the critics. Some of the criticisms ranged from the fact that the story line was incoherent to the fact that Batman kills.

I understand some of the criticisms but I think that some of these criticisms border on cruel and unreasonable. The fact that one particular person doesn’t like a movie doesn’t mean that everyone else should dislike it as well. I believe that people are entitled to their opinion but I do not think that you are allowed to impose your opinion on others, and then have the audacity to shame others that don’t share your same views on the subject. In this case that would be Batman v Superman.

Now, that being said, I do want to point something out that has been a problem in these last two DC extended Universe films which was that Superman kind of seemed like a jerk. I know that he is starting out his role as the iconic figure we know and love but I mean c’mon, please make him a little bit likable. I am all for realism but I always felt like Superman was a creature of the light (whereas Batman is of the dark). With the way Supes has been portrayed he’s appeared a little too cocky ans self-serving. For example, (SPOILER WARNING) he goes out of his way to save Lois Lane to the point that he shoves a guy through multiple walls. I have heard a well thought out defense of that move but I feel like Superman could’ve easily tried a different tact. Also he seems so tortured all the time, he’s like one of your Debbie-Downer co-workers who always has something bad to say about something (yeah you know who they are). All these things add up to a Superman that I don’s hate, but also one that I am not particularly fond of.

Moving forward, I hope that Superman does lighten up. I think that he’s one of the characters in the comicbook lexicon who is about brightness and hope (I mean his family crest does mean ‘Hope’ for goodness sake). I think that if they focus on once again making Superman a character we can look up to and have joy in, then that will hit the sweet spot that many fans are looking for.

That’s my take. What do you all think out there?

 

One thought on “Unlikable Superman

  1. Yeah, Superman’s attitude in the last couple movies has been quite stoic if not “angry”, to say the least. This is quite a stark contrast to his attitude of the character in the Christopher Reeve films. Moreover, ironically enough this stoic temperament is said to be a notable character trait of Batman in the comics and in each movie series.

    With that said, as far as the movie is concerned, their appears have been a concerted effort among film critics to slam this movie with a bombardment of negative reviews. Many of which were understandable, but much of the nit-picking was unwarranted. It seems as if many of the critics were simply Marvel biased or have become accustomed to Marvel movie plot and cinematography styles.

    Furthermore, the fans who have “been waiting for this moment all of their lives,” (like Phil Collins) have seemed put all their hopes, dreams and aspirations into this movie. Only to ultimately have them crushed. They expected WAY too much out of Snyder.

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