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How two shots told me Batman V Superman was awful

Batman V Superman was awful, I mean, look at that mask!

Written by Dave Navarro, April 8, 2016, at 2:10 p.m.


Let’s get one thing out of the way immediately: Batman V Superman was already covered by William Chandler Jr., fellow Slickster writer, here. I don’t mean to disagree with William, I think he has a fair point; that BvS was lacking, but not bad. It was a comic book blockbuster, not the new Wes Anderson flick. I think there’s something there, to the notion that a popcorn movie and an art-house film don’t have to be made the same way, or designed similarly, or be written by the same style of writer, or have any comparable pieces. Things like Age of Ultron or BvS don’t have to be award winning masterpieces of film to be considered good. They just have to keep our attention and wow us enough to make it into water-cooler discussions.

That being said, BvS was awful, and I can explain why by describing two shots in the opening credit sequence. For those who haven’t seen it: BvS opens with a montage detailing the Batman origin story. These two shots take place during the murder of his parents, specifically his mother.


4 thoughts on “How two shots told me Batman V Superman was awful

  1. You seem to completely forget that the opening sequence is a dream sequence, and perhaps the two vantage points you’re nitpicking so painstakingly are intended to be amplifications of what happened from the the mind of young Bruce Wayne, who is trying to process what happened. I don’t get why we’re not allowed to simply enjoy movies anymore. Let go of your critical nature and just enjoy the movie for where it takes you. Stop all the nitpicking. You’re going to give yourself an ulcer. I suppose next you’ll whine about the way young Bruce was elevated by the bats, even though he plainly said, “But this isn’t the way it happened.” —- It wasn’t the way it happened, man. It was how he perceived it from varying angles throughout his life, and over–inflated certain things. Just like you are.

    1. Bud, thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts, but allow me to explain:
      Your’e right, it very clearly was a dream sequence, the value of such is not something I’d really care to get into, but I wrote this with the intention of explaining how shots, or more directly, a sequence of shots, communicate things to a viewer. Yes, these shots are supposed to be interpreted as though Bruce Wayne is seeing them as a part of a nightmare, but that just confounds the problem. Bruce Wayne is viewing this murder in two ways, or as my article puts it, is looking at the two moments as having two different killers, one being violent and remorseless and one in a state of regret. True, we can get deeper and talk about what this means for Batman as a character, to see a killer as both violent and someone who shows regret and therefore should be pitied, but again, this is not something communicated to the viewer. It is a spectacle shot followed up by an incongruent reaction.

      As to the point of why the nit picking. As Socrates said “The unexamined life is not worth living”. We should all be critical of the things we consume, be it food, music, film, etc. To be an engaged viewer is to be an active viewer, and sure, there are movies that we should go to and turn our minds off for a while, that can be one of the powers of cinema. But let’s not allow ourselves to be relegated to dribble when we should expect to be given greatness. BvS should have been a brain turn off, but it should have been better than it was.

      BvS could have been better, and that’s why I wrote this article. I wanted it to be better. And we all deserved for it to be better, but it wasn’t.

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