10 Questionable Criticisms Of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice

9. Too Much Universe Building

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The Criticism: The core story of the film became bogged down in too many subplots and character introductions. In a haste to set up the future of the DCEU, everything felt rushed and scattered, while the hints at new characters and upcoming threats felt forced.

Why It’s Questionable: Batman V Superman resembles Iron Man 2 in a lot of ways. It’s one of the first films in a nascent universe and is unfairly tasked with setting up a multitude of different threads for future movies to use. In hindsight, Iron Man 2 still sucks, but it’s easier to swallow seeing the important function it performed.

Subsequent Marvel movies were better off for all of the groundwork Iron Man 2 had laid, and five years from now, we could very well say the same thing about Batman V Superman. 

It does seem hard to believe that fans would have preferred the alternative, and gone through the whole movie without a shred of information about the Justice League. Batman V Superman could have toned it down a little, but without all of this universe building, there would have been just as many complaints that DC didn’t have the bigger picture in mind.


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