Given the huge drop off in ticket sales last weekend, I think that it’s safe to say that anyone who wants to see Batman v Superman has already done so. I also think it’s safe to say that people either really like or don’t like the movie as a whole. (There doesn’t seem to be a lot of middle ground on this one.)
Personally, I liked the movie even though it has some serious flaws. One of my biggest complaints is that I don’t like Zack Snyder’s vision of who Superman is or what he stands for. I guess what it boils down to is that I don’t think that he even understands what Superman means to so many people, not just comic readers.
To elaborate, let’s look at Snyder’s Man of Steel. The movie was dark, both in mood and in actual color which I understand is a mark of a Snyder movie, but by the end I was really wanting to see Superman, not some confused emo Bizarro version of the character. Of course, I gave Snyder a pass with his first attempt to bring this beloved character to the silver screen, attributing things to the fact that Clark Kent didn’t know how to be Superman and that we’d see the more of “truth, justice, and the American way” in subsequent movies. However, with BvS, it’s more of the same which convinces me that Snyder really doesn’t understand Superman as a character.
At this point, you may be asking yourself, “But, Zohner, everyone has a different picture in their mind of who Superman is and what he stands for. How do you think he should be?” Well let me tell you…
In the 1940’s, Max Fleischer captured, in my mind, exactly who Superman was, is, and should always be: a person who always does what is right, no matter the cost. (Fun fact: the cartoons also gave him the ability to fly.) The short cartoons were beautiful in more ways than one and are still absolutely amazing to watch. (If you’re not familiar with them, do yourself a favor and check them out.) Unfortunately, there were only 17 made, but they were influential enough to define the character for generations to come.
Anyway, last week I came across this video that, using the Fleischer cartoons as a reference, sums up the best Superman better than I ever could. Check it out and let me know if you think I’m wrong. (Hint, I’m not.)