Batman v Superman’s split reactions result in fanboy war

Before I begin, let’s all get several things straightened out for everyone to understand:

  • Just because someone didn’t like Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, it doesn’t mean they’re a “Marvel fan”.
  • Just because someone didn’t like Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, it doesn’t mean they don’t read comic books.
  • Just because someone didn’t like Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, it doesn’t mean they’re snooty hipster critics.
  • Just because someone didn’t like Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, it doesn’t mean they don’t like the “dark and gritty” genre and only want “happy fun time” with Disney-style movies.

Those bullet points also apply to anything Marvel has done as well. I’m looking at you, Iron Man 3 and Age of Ultron. Now with that said, the recent release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has caused massive split feedback amongst fan reactions. It’s also received overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics and several websites, but that doesn’t seem to be slowing down the monetary success that this superhero flick is raking in. This is both great and terrible at the same time and this is where the war between the fans have been raging recently, more-so than normal.

I’ve never seen such a divide amongst fans like this in the many years I’ve watched comic book movies. The DC fan community, which from my observations in the past decade, have very many loyal readers and fans. They’ve usually stood together against all the criticism of anything DC related, especially the pre-BvS movie announcements of Ben Affleck, Snyder’s Batman v Superman teasers during conventions, and “spoilers” revealed in trailers. I use the term “spoilers” loosely in that last sentence. However, this seems to have changed drastically within just one weekend.

I’ve personally seen BvS and as a movie-goer, a comic book fan, and comic book movie fan, I understand why the community was divided. I’m not going to review the movie since one of our team members has already done that here. Feel free to use that as a point of reference, but we do urge you to watch the movie if you’re interested in it, so you can come to your own conclusion of the film. However, a lot of DC fans were expecting a more cohesive storyline that would topple all other superhero movies because this is what they were banking on to introduce their favorite heroes. Both Batman and Superman are the most iconic comic book heroes known all over the world. Yet, this introduction to both these heroes was so disjointed during the movie that a large portion of DC fans expressed their displeasure with it. Of course, their opinions were shot down by the “DC Fanboys” with their “fanboy logic” that I detailed in the bullet points above.

The thing is, I get it. A lot of us get it. We mostly understand that the fanboys (included are the Marvel fanboys) are so passionate about their beloved characters that they become vitriolic when someone disagrees with their opinion about a movie based on their favorite characters. Sometimes this passion is just too bright that it blinds them from any kind of common sense. I’d say it’s comparable to when you fall in love with someone (if you’ve never fallen in love, you can just nod your head). It’s that feeling that the person you’re into can’t do anything wrong. Even if you see them punch a disabled kid, you’d still come to a rationalization that what they’re doing is justified. Yeah, fanboy logic is like that.

To the average schmoe that doesn’t read comic books and wants to watch a comic book movie, the movie is supposed to do these basic things:

  • Introduce the characters and develop the characters
  • Introduce conflict
  • Pace the storyline
  • Resolve the conflict (unless it’s supposed to be a cliffhanger movie/story)

If one of these things are off, something is going to misfire when the movie is released. Also, if your only argument is “you have to read the comic books to know what’s going on,” then you need to just stop talking because that’s one of the most terrible arguments anyone can ever say. I remember someone saying this to me recently about BvS and also when another person was defending Wolverine: Origins many years ago. I pretty much rolled my eyes so far into the back of my head that I saw my own ass. Listen, I’ve never read Hellboy300, or the Sin City comics, but the general audience including myself still loved those comic book movies. Why is that? It’s because those stories were dissected then translated to the general movie-going audience for them to get to know the characters and then enjoy the movie.

A lot of critics were bashing this movie and I feel some of the critiques released were unwarranted. Some of them do sound completely biased; however, there are just as many that do not. There’s so much animosity against Rotten Tomatoes that I’m just scratching my head at all the finger-pointing. A critic’s job is to critique a movie. I’m going to point you back up to my movie bullet points up above and say that most critics look for that. Yes, there are terrible critics out there just as much as there’s a disruptive child in an overly great 3rd-grade classroom. However, if a majority is saying something is wrong with a movie, then there could be something wrong with the movie. Growing up, this is called “learning a lesson.” If there’s something wrong with a movie that’s more than just a one-shot, then we fix it for the next one. It’s that simple. If you enjoyed the movie, then great. Don’t listen to the critics and just move on with your life. Don’t take other people’s opinions personally, since it’s just their opinion. I personally don’t think this movie deserves such a low 29% score. I thought it was going to get about 55%-60% since I still liked it, for the most part, however, that’s just me.

Overall, we shouldn’t even be fighting about these damned movies. We’re at a place in time where our favorite heroes are actually being done properly on the big screen. I don’t know how I can stress that enough. If we keep fighting amongst ourselves and spilling it into the movie studio lots where we start calling for the firing of a director, we’ve pretty much lost our way as a movie-going audience. A drastic place we reach could be where the studios just stop making these comic book movies altogether. If that happens, everyone loses. Everyone just needs to relax… man.

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Highly sociable and having been entrenched in Nerd\Geekdom since he was a kid, Alger has seen it all. During his spare time he loves to go out clubbing, sing karaoke, and attend parties. This Nerd is no wallflower. He'll always greet you with a warm smile and a drink in hand.