Episode 457: Batman v Superman: Initial Reactions

April 11, 2016


Featuring Matt Anderson and Ben De Bono

Matt and Ben sit in Matt’s car in the parking lot of the movie theater, giving their initial feelings about “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

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One comment on “Episode 457: Batman v Superman: Initial Reactions

  1. I think the most potent criticism I’ve heard of this movie so far comes from Glen Weldon, who says it is about “the utter futility of trying to do the right thing.” Do you agree? I’m still mulling it over, but I think he’s on to something, and it makes me sad. Both of these heroes are built on doing the right thing, for its own sake and for the good of others. How is it that a movie starring them can come to that? Maybe that’s why the ending — the “look around you for his memorial” stuff, Bruce’s resolve to “not fail him in death” — doesn’t feel earned.

    I have seen it twice and enjoyed it both times to a point (I liked it more the second time, knowing what was coming – I could get my preconceptions out of the way), but that the futility of doing good might be a theme troubles me. Thoughts?

    I do increasingly think that, like Bruce Wayne’s assessment of the world, the film as a whole “only makes sense if you force it to.” It would be a far stronger film if it was only about Bruce Wayne trying to stop Superman – Luthor shouldn’t have been orchestrating and manipulating them.

    Looking forward to “De Bono v. Anderson: Dawn of Movie Review!”

    PS. Lois was under the water because she had started trying to get the spear when the wreckage fell.

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