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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Batman v Superman was the film that was supposed to kick off the DC Extended Universe with a big bang. With two of the biggest superheroes in the world headlining the damn picture, Warner Bros. was understandably confident that it would bring audiences in droves. And they did, but that didn’t stop audiences from criticizing it either.

Many found the film to be disjointed, overly-dour, and an inaccurate representation of both Superman and Batman (albeit in different ways). Batman himself Ben Affleck, in a recent interview with Empire, commented on the criticism, saying:

“I can understand people saying [Batman v Superman] was too dark, or this was outside the tone of what I’m used to seeing with a Batman story, and I think that’s a fair criticism.”

Of course, Affleck made headlines last year when confronted about the negative reception for the film. This led to the infamous “Sad Affleck” meme that took on a life of its own. With that in mind, it’s nice to see him actually give a reply to the film’s actual reception.

In regards to that criticism, it’s been said repeatedly that the new Justice League film will be a bit of a 180 in terms of its tone, so we’ll see if it ends up being something audiences truly wanted. Let’s hope they fix some of the other issues with that narrative while they’re at it.

Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2017.

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SOURCE: Empire (via Screen Rant)

  • HORSEFLESH

    That wasn’t the criticism.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      You have to read between the lines. Affleck says he can understand people saying it sucked and that’s a fair criticism.

      • MoyBoto

        *rolls eyes, except “too dark” wasn’t the problem with the movie…

        • Weresmurf

          Of course it was. There were a multitude of issues with BVS. I even liked the Bluray cut but I’m not oblivious to these issues. The fact people even disagree over this so vehemently shows there’s an issue present.

          • MoyBoto

            Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” was arguably much darker than BvS, but that was incredibly successful. I’ll agree with you that there were indeed a multitude of issues though, particularly character development and the movie’s plot/pacing.

      • Moby85

        Touche bud!

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Boy sure am glad we got our daily dose of JL news or I might have shit myself.

  • elhonez

    It wasn’t that it was too dark. It was too dumb. Unforgivably dumb. Can’t-suspend-disbelief dumb. Who-approved-this-script-dumb. “This makes no sense” dumb. Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor dumb. I spent the time to make icons for folders about super heroes on my hard drive dumb. Your mom has the same name as my mom but I should have already known that because I’m a detective dumb.

    • TheOct8pus

      All you had to say was Jesse Eisenberg as Luthor…

  • MoyBoto

    Too DARK?!?! PLEASEEE, Nolan’s Dark Knight was MUCH darker than BvS. The criticism is that it had poor character development, storytelling and pacing! I have how WB is trying to spin the narrative about it being “tone” or “too dark”.

  • Moby85

    Whatever, the fact is the Affleck took on this beloved character who just finished a great run with Christian Bale and his performance as Batman was actually received pretty darn well given the initial critism. Hopefully he keeps that in perspective.

    • syambo87

      he was the best part of the movie… he was literally the first on screen batman to investigate stuff…excluding the animated ones

  • Victor Roa

    not quite addressing the REAL problems and vaguely trying to be on the popular side of the conversation….. BULLET DODGED!

  • Psychotic Bitch With a Knife

    Perfect response Ben.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer’s always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he’s always been something of a story junkie.