Should you see Batman v Superman?

The short answer to this question is maybe. It depends on what kind of movies you enjoy. Here is some background information on the latest big-budget superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

  • Batman v Superman is directed by Zack Snyder who is famous for 300, Watchmen and Man of Steel. If you have seen any of these films then you have a basic idea of Snyder’s style. Personally I find his films visually striking but often lacking in the narrative department. How much you enjoyed Snyder’s previous films will determine how excited you are for Batman v Superman
  • The stakes are very high for this movie. There is a lot of money invested so the risk/reward associated with the success of this movie is leveraged. Estimates are that this movie will need to earn somewhere in the range of 800 million to 1 billion dollars to be successful financially. Unfortunately for this film the early reviews have been overwhelmingly negative. It might be worth seeing but don’t expect the level of quality of a marvel film or Star Wars: The Force Awakens. 
  • Batman v Superman proves that money does not automatically ensure success when it comes to movies. If people aren’t willing to pay to see Batman v Superman then the movie will be a disaster. This is sad because movie are collaborative works of art. A lot of hardworking people will suffer if Batman v Superman flops.

I will not see Batman v Superman in theaters. I probably wouldn’t even watch it if it were free on Netflix. A superhero movie has to be pretty interesting for me to even consider watching it. They simply don’t appeal to me in their present forms. However I acknowledge that many people will see this movie and they might even like it a lot.

Marvel’s success making movies will lead other studios to try to copy Marvel’s formula. While Batman v Superman may not be an entertaining movie, it is interesting to examine as a cultural phenomena. I have accepted the fact that superhero movies are here to stay and the failure of one movie, no matter how massive, will not derail the trend.