It is the Tuesday before the release of Batman VS Superman as I write this. Today I came across a review from Comic Book Resources. i did not read the review as I like to avoid spoilers but I did skim through the comments. Many of the commenters accused the writer of being a Marvel Fan Boy and the commenters who supported the writer posted something like 'DC Fanboys gotta come out to defend a movie they haven't even seen yet.' There were a couple of moderate comments expressing that they had seen the film during an early release and the review is spot on or that the review was the first bad one they had seen.
All of this has brought me to a point where I am very conflicted. I love the characters and I am an avid comic book reader. I do lean toward Marvel more but I also love DC. Snyder's portrayal of Superman in Man of Steel and of his parents and his iconic meaning were poor to say the least. however, I enjoyed that movie. If I can't come to terms with that in this movie, am I biased? Is this the result of my inner love for Marvel? Am I so blinded by things that I enjoy more that I open myself to criticism and the distaste of others? What happens if I love the movie? Will my fellow Marvel fans convict me for liking a DC film? Am i suddenly not a real comic book fan because I came to terms with Snyder's universe?
This is my inner conflict. I am finding it more difficult to go into this movie with an open-mind. Here is the real point. I am not worried about what criticisms will come my way and what others may think of me, despite what i said above. I am worried that my own thoughts, opinions, and predispositions will make it difficult for me to enjoy this film. I am already primed to go in with a critical eye. I have been looking forward to this movie and was an early supporter of Ben Affleck's casting while others were upset. However, reactions to the early screenings and the overhaul of marketing that has been done leading up to the film worries me. I want to like this movie, but i don't know how to avoid being overly critical of it.
I guess I will have to wait until this Thursday to finally see how I feel about it. I hope I can get past my distaste for this version of Superman and that I can find myself enjoying the film. I have been a huge proponent of Zack Snyder in the past despite his many critics. I hope the film proves that I am worrying for nothing and I hope DC has finally put itself in the right place for success. This movie has a very low probability of being a bust, but among comic fans, I wonder if it may be. Stay tuned for our final review of the film.
Thanks everyone and #StayNerdy,
Nerdy Boy Kristian