eVoL wrote:Tichinde - Like the technical version of (a slightly geekier) the fonz.
Much as this divide has been characterized as a case of fans disagreeing with critics (even by Warner Bros.’ own Jeff Goldstein, who has described it as “a disconnect between critics and audiences“), the reality is that this is not true at all. For starters, “fan” and “critic” are far from mutually exclusive identifiers; particularly as comic book movies have come to dominate the landscape of cinema, the reviewer pool has come to include a significant percentage of critics who grew up reading comic books, and were therefore already fans of the characters when they went into Batman V Superman. For example, among the reviewers who gave the film generally negative reviews were Comic Book Resources‘ Kristy Putchko and The Guardian‘s self-confessed “longtime fan” Jordan Hoffman. And it’s not like love for Batman and Superman is confined solely to those who have read the source material; the duo have long been established in the mainstream consciousness thanks to their many previous outings in film and television.
It’s also worth noting that the more critical of the critics have been joined by a significant number of serious comic book fans, many of whom have said that they dislike the movie specifically because they feel it is a betrayal of the characters that they love. One point of contention has been Batman’s willingness to deal out excessive violence (including branding some of the criminals he captures, such as sex traffickers, which is explicitly described as a “death sentence” in prison), his use of guns, and his apparent disregard for human life. Conversely, Batman V Superman has also managed to win over a number of people who weren’t fans of Batman or Superman at all prior to watching the movie (this writer included). This is only a war of fans vs. critics if “fans” is taken to mean people who liked Batman V Superman, and “critics” to mean people who were critical of it.
“My sources have told me that Affleck was incredibly unhappy about the reception of BvS. He felt humiliated after spending so much of the press tour saying how much better this film would be than Daredevil. On top of that his agent was furious when Kevin Tsujihara jumped the gun and announced him as the director of The Batman – there were still negotiations happening. This move seems to help placate Affleck while also edging Zack Snyder out of a controlling central position in the DC Movieverse.”
Prey wrote:Better get that R rated BvS out sooner rather than later then WB or better yet give it the theatrical release everyone has been crying out for. Either way JL is on very shaky ground right now.
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