Arriving on top of a tidal wave of hype and expectations, Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice promised to both finally deliver an epic big-screen battle between DC's two most iconic heroes, and introduce the other members of the Justice League to the DCEU. While it technically accomplished both of those goals, the film was ravaged by critics, and currently sits at a meager 23 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Conversely, viewer opinion tended to be much less negative, in many cases expressing polar opposite sentiments than professional reviewers.
Despite this divide, BVS is already an unequivocal financial success, having earned $872.6 million at the worldwide box office on a $250 million production budget.
The above divide between fans and critics serves as the primary focus of Screen Junkies' Honest Trailer for BVS. While other common targets like Jesse Eisenberg's manic take on Lex Luthor, the streaming video reveal of the Justice League, and the whole "Martha" bit are also thoroughly mocked, the trailer does a pretty equal job of bashing both those who unconditionally loved BVS despite its flaws and those who ignored everything entertaining about the film in favor of labeling Snyder's entire enterprise an abject failure.
Whatever one's opinion about BVS as a film, the palpable backlash against it has indeed been noticed by DC and WB, who've announced multiple changes to the behind-the-scenes structure of the DCEU in recent months. Some of those moves include Geoff Johns being placed in charge of the DCEU creative trajectory going forward, BVS producer Charles Roven being given a decreased role, and assurances that future films will be less dark and dour. Whether these changes will be enough to reverse the critical fortunes of the franchise remains to be seen.
Of course, those interested won't have to wait long to see the next installment in the burgeoning DCEU, with the hotly anticipated Suicide Squad set to hit theaters in just a couple of weeks. That said, it wouldn't really be fair to try and judge whether DC and WB have succeeded in their attempt to improve things by Suicide Squad alone, as that film had already finished principal photography long before the release of Dawn of Justice. A better example of the revamped DCEU direction will come in the form of next year's Wonder Woman solo film, which didn't wrap filming until several months after BVS hit theaters.
Suicide Squad opens in U.S. theaters on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash is currently without a release date.
Source: Screen Junkies
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