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Batman v Superman snubbed by critics ahead of UK release

DC comic’s new superhero blockbuster, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was released nationwide today but after it’s London premiere last Tuesday it received major backlash from critics.


Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman strike a dramatic pose for upcoming film Batman v Superman. Credit/Forbes.

DC Comic’s Batman v Superman was supposed to be one of the superhero blockbusters of the year but has been called one of the “biggest blockbuster bombs” by The Washington Post.

As a sequel to the first Superman film, Man of Steel it focuses on furthering the story of the famous hero whilst incorporating the tale of the new Batman played by Ben Affleck. Alongside this, is a new cameo from female superhero Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) making for a superhero filled 2 and a half hours.

The film, released in the UK today received poor ratings across the board with Empire magazine calling aspects of the film “very solemn, very operatic and a bit dull”.

With Marvel being a main rival for superhero films, expectations for the film were high but it seems to have left fans disappointed.

DC comics who have not hit that mark when compared to their rivals were hoping to start a billion-dollar superhero franchise.

Batman v Superman is the first film in DC entertainment’s 10 film release over the next five years, including the highly anticipated Suicide Squad due for release later this year.

Variety revealed that Warner Bros would need for the film to make $800 million for the film to break even, even though it had an estimated budget of $250 million according to IMDb.

With critics slamming the gritty hero flick even before its UK release, it seems that the film may not meet the production companies high expectations. stated that “the movie is a crime against comic book fans” and Entertainment Weekly expressed the opinion that “it’s another numbing smash-and-bash orgy of CGI mayhem with an ending that leaves the door open wide enough to justify the next 10 installments. Is it too late to demand a rematch?”.

Star, Amy Adams (Lois Lane) hit back in an interview with Yahoo movies saying “none of us are making movies for the critics”. And director, Zack Snyder said “I’m a comic book guy and, really, I made the movie based as much as I could on that aesthetic. It is what it is.”

However, some fans are remaining optimistic with many heading to twitter to express their excitement for the new film.

Batman v Superman may not be the film that DC and Marvel fans alike were waiting for but with lots of action, CGI, superhero moves, grit and romance it is still worth seeing to make up your own mind.

Watch the trailer here:

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is in cinemas across the UK now.

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