Yeah, it's bad. You already knew that. But how did something get THIS bad?
How does a project with so much at stake go so wrong in such a profound, all-encompassing way? At moment when the comic-book superhero genre is at its zenith, BATMAN V SUPERMAN was seemingly holding a winning hand: A celebrated, stylish director. A powerhouse cast. 80+ years worth of cherished American pop-mythology to draw from. Some of the most popular characters of all time. Dumptrucks full of Warner Bros' money to spend. And on top of all that, a moviegoing public hungry enough for an alternative to the Marvel Cinematic Universe formula for a pitch like "depressing, ultra-violent, pitch-dark 9/11-themed SUPERMAN movie" to sound (almost) like a good idea.
And yet, the end result was among the great cinematic calamities of the last decade; receiving scathing reviews, a near record-setting box-office dropoff, enraged notices from many fans and sarcastic "thank you's" from people named Martha. Even today, the shockwave from the film's negative reception are being felt as the studio continues to reshuffle the slate of films it was meant to inspire, JUSTICE LEAGUE continues to be transformed in post-production and the word "reboot" begins to fill the air. While not unprofitable or without its own unironic fans, the film seems destined to go down as one of the most infamous releases in the history of the genre.
In this first of two episodes comprising the first (and only) "BAD" installment of the "REALLY THAT GOOD" series, we revisit the basics of the film's all-encompassing missteps - from a terrible screenplay to a poorly-structured story to hideously ugly visuals to a seemingly willful hatred for its audience and subject matter - while also answering many (and I mean MANY) of the most common "defenses" of one of the worst superhero films ever made; laying the groundwork for deeper and more nuanced deconstruction to come in PART 2.
"Black Vortex", "Disco Lounge", "Marty Gots a Plan", "Oppressive Gloom", "The Curtain Rises", "Ultralounge", "Wizardtorium," "Inspire" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b...
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