Reel Talk: ‘Batman vs. Superman’ will probably not be super


Jillian Leiby, JagWire opinions editor

I hope you all had a good spring break. Unfortunately, there weren’t many good movies that came out last week, so I didn’t go see many. My father really wanted to see “10 Cloverfield Lane,” but I get very scared at horror movies, so I skipped it.

So, instead, I want to look toward the future. Specifically, I want to look forward to this weekend, when “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” comes out. My dad is super excited to see it, but I have my fears.

First of all, I don’t believe that Zack Snyder has made a good movie in his life. I’ve heard “Watchman” argued as good, but his vision is just not my taste. “Watchman” took comic books in the wrong direction, making them into indecipherable visuals and characters. “Man of Steel” was all right, but still was not on par with my expectations.

On Rotten Tomatoes, “Batman vs. Superman” currently earns a 32 percent. That is not good. And, to be honest, the previews for the movie have not looked that great either. When it was first announced that the movie was going to be created, I was really excited. Now, I feel that it is going to be a joke of a movie: something with too many ambitions, and not enough talent to suffice them.

I’m probably going to see it anyway, but for one main reason — Wonder Woman. Israeli actress Gal Gadot is playing the pioneer for female superheroes in the genre. Another film is currently being made that focuses on her, and I am super excited. A diverse film that focuses on a strong, complicated female superhero? Sign me up.

I am, however, worried about the hands it is currently in. Will a new director and writer save it from following down the same mediocre paths as the previous films in the franchise? Who knows, but, come 2017, I hope that people will be still willing to see a DC movie, considering its track record. And, unfortunately, that depends on the success of two white men.

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