Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice purports to follow the greatest slugfest in the history of comic book movies. In actuality, however, it merely ignited slugfests between fans, with a love it or hate it mentality. Possibly the most divisive film of the year, fans and Hollywood spectators continue to debate the film's merits and failings, not to mention the meaning of the movie's wild box office variations. Without question, a dark and violent film, supporters claim it offers a fresh and unconventional take on the DC universe, while detractors consider it depressing, hard to follow and too scary for kids (assuming a comic book film should be aimed at children anyway).
The movie does however have some qualities that audiences generally agree on, enough to make it worth seeing at least once.
9 The Speed Force
Ezra Miller has only two brief cameos as The Flash, but they offer two of the movie's highlights. We see a pre-costumed Flash foiling a convenience store robbery, and we see a future Flash in a bizarre scene with Batman. Both times he's accompanied by a vortex of lightning and fury, the Speed Force!
8 Lois Lane
Critics have charged that Batman v. Superman reduces Lois Lane to little more than a damsel in distress, an object for Superman to rescue amid the chaos of the story. In short, they are totally wrong.
7 Perry White
4 Senator Finch
2 Wonder Woman
This will, no doubt, be the most controversial inclusion on this list. A very vocal contingent of Superman fans have hated this latest incarnation of the hero, considering it too dark and devoid of all hope. Superman, they claim, should offer optimism and hope.
They could not be more wrong.
When considered in real-life terms, Superman is by far one of the most horrifying, pessimistic characters imaginable. Consider: an alien god comes down out of the sky and vows to show mankind the "right" way, and constantly interferes with human affairs by using his powers. That's not optimistic, it's delusional! Furthermore, though often contrasted with a character like Batman, Superman is a far darker character. You see, Batman symbolized human selflessness and altruism, a man who would sacrifice his life and family legacy to provide mankind with a symbol of heroism. Superman is just the opposite: a character no man could ever aspire to be. Furthermore, Batman is the ultimate in mankind saving itself, rather than needing a godlike being to save it for us. The idea of Superman is far outside the realm of possibility or the plausible, whereas Batman, far-fetched though he may be, could potentially happen. The movie knows this philosophical precept, and builds the story around it.
Perhaps it comes as no surprise that the director of the excellent Watchmen adaptation, a story about the dangers of superhumans, should be the only one bold enough to make such a powerful statement. The world doesn't need a Superman, it needs super men and women who strive to make a better world. Superman v. Batman knows that and posits what a world with a Super-god would look like. If that's not a pretty picture, maybe that's the point.
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