10 Questionable Criticisms Of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice

Leave Lex Luthor alone.

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For such a disappointing movie, it's unsurprising that Batman V Superman was absolutely savaged by critics. Everything from the general tone to minuscule plot details were examined, with no element of the film safe from criticism. 

In particular, critics targeted the film's logic. They may have been harsh, but it’s hard to argue with questions about why people would believe Superman had killed those African soldiers with bullets, or why he would let Luthor’s henchman just drive away at the docks.

The movie undeniably had a lot of problems, but that doesn’t mean that every single complaint holds water. Certain writers seemed a little overzealous to tear down every facet of this film and not all of their criticisms made complete sense.

With everyone piling on to the film, some of the complaints proved to be a little ridiculous and fairly defensible. Sure, a lot of it still could have been better but that doesn’t mean the film was completely without merit. 

Batman V Superman had some positives, and in their efforts to discredit the film, some critics put aside logic to attack them anyway. These rebuttals don’t make up for the finished product, but they certainly help to show that not every bad word about the film was justified.

10. Contrived Reasons For Batman And Superman Fighting

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The Criticism: The titular fight between Batman and Superman didn’t make any sense. Batman justified his beliefs for wanting to take down Superman, but surely Superman could have just told him that his mother was being held hostage. Instead, Superman punches him for 10 minutes first, never revealing this and thus prolonging the main attraction of the film.

In addition, the timing was far too coincidental. Lex just happened to send Superman after Batman and the exact moment that Batman was gearing up to challenge him?

Why It’s Questionable: The circumstances of Batman and Superman fighting in the comics have always been forced. Whether it’s a mind-controlled Superman or two much older heroes in a dystopian future, the reason for them throwing down is always artificial. That's not to say the reason here is the most compelling, but it's worth noting that it has always required a suspension of disbelief.

This is simply the cost of titans fighting and surely most people will forgive the non-convincing reasons for why they did it when it provided one of the best scenes of the entire film.


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