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Batman v. Superman: Was ‘Fight Night’ worth it?

by | Apr 1, 2016 | Analysis, Movies, Popculture

This past Friday saw the release of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the first film to ever  have two of DC Comic’s beloved characters go head-to-head (before eventually teaming up of course). After initial positive buzz following the world premiere, it was eventually released to vast panning by critics, where it now sits at 29% on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite the negative response, the movie is still doing well financially and the overall user reviews from Metacritic are at a ‘generally favourable’ level. So what was it about this film that has either delighted or upset both critics and comic book fans alike?

MediaMiser took to social media to analyze the Twitter user reviews from both critics and fans in order to determine where the actual rating for this film lay. The result? A movie that divided viewers almost right down the middle.

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As far as the negative tweets were concerned, several Twitter users referenced the darkness of the film, noting that it was overly violent and not something that children should be watching. This surprised several users and critics considering the usual youth appeal that these characters have.

A largely controversial facet of the film is that Batman actually causes the death of several criminals, leading to a rougher and more violent portrayal of the Dark Knight.

The above point has caused such division, that the director of the film has come out and explained his methods, pointing to past Batman films as evidence that there is a very grey area when it comes to this.

Jesse Eisenberg’s performance as Lex Luthor divided fans as it made the list for both the positive and negative Twitter user reviews. Viewers either thought that he was a poor choice, or that his unique approach to the character suited them.

The positive for the film seemed to revolve around two major points: that users were not pleased with how critics went after the film, and that Gal Gadot’s performance as Wonder Woman was the standout moment for many viewers. The inclusion of the female superhero in the film turned out to be an excellent choice, as users noted that she stole the show from the two title characters.

It was no surprise that after several critics panned the film, several positive Twitter user reviews would include that as part of their commentary.

So while the film has divided both critics and the public alike, it seems it has done exactly what it was supposed to do: generate debate and buzz, leading to a financially successful franchise.

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