Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opened to worldwide box-offices and it’s been a mixed bag, there are few things which are done incredibly well while many important elements have been half-baked and compromised. The Rotton tomatoes meter is slightly over 25% indicating scorn of major reviewers across the movie critics community. The strongest character in the movie was Batman (played by Ben Affleck), he was fleshed out and portrayed well, while the weakest were Superman (played by Henry Cavill) and Lex Luthor Jr. (played by Jesse Eisenberg) who are both iconic DC characters. Most of the people including those who wrote negative reviews for the movie praised Zack Snyder for having dared to kill off Superman following the arc of “Death of Superman” comic written by Dan Jurgens. Here are the mistakes which could have been avoided by the makers:
Mark Zuckerberg can’t be Lex Luthor:
Jesse Eisenberg has given decent performances in movies like The Social Network, Now You See Mee etc, but Lex Luthor was supposed to be a guy with a fierce intellect and craftiness. It was played by Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey in the past and even they couldn’t do justice to the role. There was a possibility of casting Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor, that would have been the right call.
Doomsday isn’t a surprise:
Doomsday as a big villain was no surprise at all, as he was already shown in the trailers. Also, he is like the Thanos of DC Comics, he could have been used wisely instead of just throwing him into the mix.
It’s a Batman movie positioned as a Superman sequel:
The movie was supposed to be a sequel to Man of Steel, but instead, it seemed an incoherent Batman movie with Superman meandering around in between the story.
Martha is a great unifier:
It was such a coincidence that the name of the mother of both Batman and Superman is Martha, and it became the reason to call off the fight. How silly can writers be.. really?
Batman v Superman is a forced battle:
There was no battle of ideas between Batman and Superman, as is the case with Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns.
It couldn’t give fitting tribute to Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns:
The movie has borrowed elements from a multitude of graphic novels and comics such as Crisis on Infinite Earth, Superman Red Son, Batman Year One, Batman: A Death in the family etc.
Failed to expand DC Cinematic Universe:
The movie tried to fit in other DC superheroes to expand the universe, but the best they could come up is a mail in Wonder woman’s inbox.