BATMAN V SUPERMAN Director Zack Snyder Reflects On Negative Reviews; Says People Wanted A "Superhero Romp"

BATMAN V SUPERMAN Director Zack Snyder Reflects On Negative Reviews; Says People Wanted A "Superhero Romp"

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder has looked back at the polarising response to the 2016 movie, suggesting that he didn't deliver the feel-good "superhero romp" many people wanted.

By JoshWilding - May 10, 2023 06:05 AM EST
Filed Under: Batman vs. Superman
Source: The Direct

Excitement for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was through the roof before its release in March 2016, especially as comic book fans had long looked forward to the two DC Comics icons sharing the screen. 

That would explain its record-breaking opening weekend, but negative reviews from fans and critics alike saw it suffer a massive drop the following week. Ultimately, it was deemed something of a box office disappointment and the response led to Warner Bros. changing course with the DCEU (hence why Suicide Squad went through such big changes). 

Talking during a Q&A at the recent "Full Circle" event, director Zack Snyder reflected on the reaction Batman v Superman received and suggested it might be down to him making a movie the masses simply didn't want...or necessarily understand!

"I think that probably is what caused the movie to be so polarizing," he said of his decision to take a deep dive into what makes Batman and Superman tick. "I feel like a lot of people went into the movie going, 'Oh, it’s [a] superhero romp, right? Let’s have fun with it.'"

"We gave them this sort of hardcore deconstructivist, heavily layered, experiential modern mythological superhero movie that you really need to pay attention to. That was not cool [for them]. That’s not something anyone wanted to do. They were like, ‘What? No! That’s exhausting. Why do they fight at night?' I hate that."

Looking back, Batman v Superman may have tried being a bit too smart for its own good, with the still widely mocked "Martha!" scene a good example of that. 

There was fun to be had with the movie, though, and the fight between the title characters definitely delivered. Doomsday's bizarre appearance countered that by being something of a let-down, but Batman v Superman still has more than its fair share of fans. 

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ShimmyShimmyYA - 5/10/2023, 6:43 AM
The movie isn’t that deep everyone got it the first time, it’s not good.

James Gunn has given us fun superhero romps with meaning

The Russo bros

Taika with ragnarok

Etc etc , someone dude bro can’t fathom people didn’t want his nonsense
DeadClunge - 5/10/2023, 9:12 AM
@ShimmyShimmyYA - you're right the move isnt that deep...but there were people who didn't get it the first time and needed somethings explaining.

DeadClunge - 5/10/2023, 9:19 AM
some things**
ShimmyShimmyYA - 5/10/2023, 9:56 AM
@DaRealCapClunge - yeah but that’s because the guy made a 3.5 hour movie which is much much too long. Works for endgame because it’s this large finale and even then there were complaints about it being 3 hours
ShimmyShimmyYA - 5/10/2023, 9:57 AM
@ShimmyShimmyYA - 3.5 hour movie that had to be trimmed down*
Goldboink - 5/10/2023, 11:38 AM
@ShimmyShimmyYA -

Yea, the first reaction of the people who paid for it was "WTF is this? Get Wheddon on the phone right now."
ShimmyShimmyYA - 5/10/2023, 1:55 PM
@Goldboink - I remember when the original test screenings started and mfs talking about standing ovations lol
Kozmik - 5/10/2023, 2:31 PM
@DaRealCapClunge - There will always be people who don't get something or other, that doesn't make whatever particularly deep or profound.

Batman V Superman: DOJ is neither.
DeadClunge - 5/10/2023, 2:46 PM
@Kozmik - not sure if you only read the 2nd part of my comment 🤨 but I agreeed with the guy above in saying the film isn't deep. Where I disagreed is where he claimed that everyone understood it on their first watch.
bcom - 5/10/2023, 5:57 PM
@ShimmyShimmyYA - 100% this. I honestly think that James Gunn and the Russos have given us the best comic book movies in recent times. They absolutely capture the essence of their comic origins but also contain a lot of heart and soul. I think Zack went too hard on trying to tie superheroes to mythology and made his movies more of a 'character study' than comic book superhero movies. It was a direction that didn't work with audiences and maybe he should just accept that instead of having to explain it to us.
kazuma - 5/10/2023, 6:46 AM
Out of touch
Crtdacct2say - 5/10/2023, 6:56 AM
Right..... Sure dude. That's was the problem.
Goldboink - 5/10/2023, 11:39 AM
@Crtdacct2say - Yea, the audience was the problem.
Forthas - 5/10/2023, 7:02 AM
I look back on this film as the beginning of the end for WB/DC. After an excellent start with Man of Steel, Zack Snyder made the ridiculous choice to reboot the most popular live action Batman in DC's history, with Ben Affleck. The disastrous results are STILL being felt 10 years later. Batman V Superman is the biggest mistake in the history of super hero film making. Instead of building toward a pairing of Man of Steel and the Dark Knight trilogy, which could have created the most epic shared super hero franchise ever seen, the asinine decision to make BvS has led to the most dramatic downfall of any studio in memory. The studios reputation has been irreparably damaged; countless WB/DC executives have come and gone; actors and directors have ruined their careers; the studio has been sold twice; and the super hero films that should be printing its own money are now losing money for the studio. I appreciate the great job that was done with Man of Steel but BVS was an epic blunder.
pitbull76 - 5/10/2023, 7:26 AM
@Forthas - I have always said he was trying to play catch up with marvel. How in the hell do you go from Man of steel by the way is not that bad of a movie to lay the foundation of the DCEU to jumping straight into BatmanvSuperman?Then on top of that go from that movie into. Justice League it never made sense to me.Like dude you just skipped like so many other steps to the last two movies build up.
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