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“It Is What It Is”: Zack Snyder Responds To Reviews Of ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice’

“It Is What It Is”: Zack Snyder Responds To Reviews Of 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice'

It’s been tragically amusing watching certain segments of fandom —particularly those who haven’t seen the movie yet— defend the critical pummeling “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” has taken. Some believe that film critics are part of a cabal that met in secret before the blockbuster was released and all agreed to pan it. Others say that critics just don’t understand comics, and that DC is different than Marvel, and therefore, ‘Dawn Of Justice’ succeeds by virtue of taking a different tone. The truth is that Zack Snyder‘s movie is a narrative jumble, is overstuffed and does all it can to mute any of its good ideas with often half-baked spectacle. For the things that do work, there are just as many that don’t —it’s wildly uneven. But asked by Yahoo! about the critical reception, the director is nonplussed.

“I’m a comic book guy and I made the movie based as much as I could on that aesthetic. And so I don’t know how else to do it 100%, so it is what it is,” he said.

READ MORE: Review: Zach Snyder’s ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice’ Starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams & More

Meanwhile, Henry Cavill takes the position that critics don’t matter, and that audiences will ultimately be the crucial factor in determining if ‘Dawn Of Justice’ is a success or not, an assertion Amy Adams also backs up.

“The interesting thing is that we get the critics who have their personal opinions. And the thing about personal opinions is that they always come from a place. And there’s a preconceived idea which you have to get past a critic before you start writing your article or your review, and that affects everything,” Cavill said. “What is really going to matter, I believe, is what the audience says. Because they’re the ones who are buying tickets, they’re the ones who want to see more of this kind of story or not and so the audience’s voice is loudest and after this weekend the audience, at least partly, will have spoken.”

‘Dawn Of Justice’ opens this Friday. Check out the video here of Snyder and co. sharing their feelings on the critical response. 

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Comments

Kris

Well I’m not Mikey but I can say I enjoyed it. Then again the only movie I’ve ever watched and hated was Jupiter’s Ascending.

Cal

The playlist, specifically you Kevin, has been reduced to snobby jabs in every single article.

Lavanesh

Oh Mikey.., was it fine..?
Wasit fine..Did’it blow your mind..?
Oh Mikey…Oh Mickey…

Rick

Well, Hell I liked it. It delivered in spades. I really do think the critics got it wrong on this one. I love my intelligent films and while this is no Dark Knight, I was satisfied by the end of it. Satisfied enough to want to see it again. It really is the popcorn factor. I’ve inhaled a fair chunk this easter weekend because of this movie. To each their own..

Justin

Critics…stop it! Let’s get one thing straight. This is a COMIC BOOK movie!!! Not a film in the running for Best Picture at the Oscars. So based on this one simple reality, this film had everything plus more than ANY comic book movie I’ve ever seen. It’s a very dark film so I don’t think that kids would even understand the concept and message of the movie. I didn’t bother taking my kids (10 & 5). It’s got drama (of course) the action was on point, acting was good as well. I will say the structure of the film could have been a little better. It didn’t flow as smoothly I’d hoped. It’s a lot to take in on the 1st viewing. I plan on seeing it again just so I can get a better grasp of the story. Ben as BATMAN stole the show in my opinion!! It almost felt like a Batman movie which was fine by me. If you’re looking for a movie full of action and comedy go see a Marvel film. This is an adult movie. If there were truly superheros in the world, this is exactly how the public would react.

Rob

Too bad us fans aren’t really liking it either.

Andrew

I think Mikey’s silence is deafening. The defence that this film wasn’t made to win awards is a weird one. No one is saying it was. It just doesn’t work on any significant level. It’s a mess that evens fails to be serviceable as entertaining.

Perry

I can get people not liking this movie, but if anyone says it’s the worst comic book movie ever made, then they’re obviously seeking attention. Not looking forward to every blogger trying to out snark each other. Snyder doesn’t owe critics anything.

Colorado

Bravo Thomas! Loved your review of the movie…You took the words right out of my mouth. Thumbs up to you. And yeah, this critic with his "the truth is…" He thinks he’s God or something? LOL

Thomas

Where is the evidence for your statement…"truth is that…"
Your truth? Yes, so the rest may hold true as well. It couod very well be that you the critic dont understand the DC universe.
I stead you presumtively assume that you indeed have the truth about what the movie holds as worthy or not.
The truth is…you have an opinion. It is also the truth that that very opinion is wrong.

Colorado

"The truth is…that it is a narrative jumble…overstuffed" I saw the movie, and you clearly don’t get Snyder and you clearly didn’t watch the same movie I did. The movie was coherent and it was actually more of a drama from the comics, pertaining to the hard time Superman had when he started being Superman and of course the all dark and gloomy Batman. Geeeezzz, that’s pretty simple to me. What was overstuffed? The introduction to the other characters? MY GOD!!! Are you people that slow minded that you can’t actually absorb that part which was less than 3 minutes in total? Wow, that’s what separates the narrow minded from the open minded, and the people that can see further than just having fun with superheroes…These two are much more than all the others together…And this movie was really good. It was deep, it had drama, actually it was more of a drama than an actual action film…maybe that’s why people don’t get it…Just like the Watchmen…

thomas

So why does critic-world have such a hard-on to pan this movie? I almost didn’t go after reading the reviews, but I did … and it was … … … … fun, and fine, and a good time.

It plodded at moments, but that was no big deal. The plot was easy to follow, the tone was consistent and uniquely DC, there was humour, and overall it was great . . .

BvS read as a DC crossover miniseries on the screen, one that made me look forward to the coming episodes.

It’s interesting how sensibilities get so violently offended by these things. For me it makes sense to give art, especially pop art, a hearing on its own terms, and if it really stumbles on those terms, then fine, I ignore it. F4 and ASM2 tipped into failure for me, but this movie lands squarely in the plus column. I enjoyed how it swings into the middle, not a Nolan art film or a Marvel joyride, but a distinct DC pop voice. Since the theme of this one was a reckoning that clears away the darkness of the past, the coming films should be lighter and more fun, but there is an established world-aesthetic to connect them.

I liked how Doomsday changed and shed skin and grew with each round; Lex as damaged asperger’s genius was mostly clever and fun; Superman’s existential crisis was interesting and made sense in context; Batman’s fixation and rage made sense, and his snapping out of it to become himself again was really satisfying, and I loved the "I’m a friend of your son" line; the car chase was a little weak, but minor, an excuse to see the Tumbler/Classic Batmobile hybrid at work; Lois was believable as a normal running around in meta-human land; the reveal of the other metas from Bruce to Diane fit in well — the row behind me was excited about it; the congressional hearing was an effective pivot into the second act; and Batman shooting people was almost all in his dream, apart from the batplane taking out an anti-aircraft truck. And aren’t those dreams about how Bruce Wayne would dream?

The intense events in the movie played like a wake-up call to that world. Bruce and Diana have their heads on straight now, the populace gets why the good heroes are valuable, and both Lex and Bruce can sense that something big is coming.

On balance I still prefer Marvel, but the DC voice is welcome and needed. Here’s hoping they continue to push and complement one another. There’s plenty of loot to go around.

Daniel

Well, Mikey… Was it an all-out blast?

MIKEY

Cavill says it best when he mentions the audience is what matters. Critics are judging this film like it was made to win Oscars. It was made to please fans. I’m about 45 minutes from seeing BvS and can’t flippin’ wait. Am I expecting a masterfully written film? Absolutely not. I’m expecting to have an all out blast watching my icons play on the big screen though. I like the DC movies for the comic lore they keep feeding me; same goes for Marvel. People bashing BvS for not being "fun" like Marvel flicks are fools. Go read some comics. There are plenty that are no fun at all. Just dark, brooding misery. Doesn’t mean I won’t enjoy it. Anywho, everyone has an opinion, I’m off to the movies!

jayesh thawrani

it seems like this website the playlist has a personal vendetta against the film by the tone of the writing about the film.(e.g. been writing off this film even before they saw it)

Daniel

As much as I think the movie looks terrible from the trailers and I have no interest in seeing it — good on Snyder for his response. What else do you want him to say? Apologize? That would be compounding the perception of failure. He stands his ground and that’s commendable. He owned it… Beaten down, worn out, but still.

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