Batman v Superman was released last week, and it accomplished something no other comic book film has ever done; it divided fans in a way never seen before. The original early responses from screenings were extremely positive, but critics slaughtered it once their embargo was lifted. Some critics have attacked the film viciously as if Zack Snyder personally forced them to watch it at gunpoint. Others saw a flawed movie that had a lot of potential. But despite a ludicrous 29% on Rotten Tomatoes (Iron Man 2 has 72%, Iron Man 3 has 79%, and Ang Lee’s Hulk has 61%) , the fans have spoken with their wallets.
The film has already grossed half a billion dollars despite extremely harsh reviews, and it’s the biggest discussion on the internet at the moment. There’s no avoiding opinions, reviews, criticisms, box office numbers, and even memes about the film. Batman v Superman has sparked discussions in ways that no other comic book film has. But while everyone is entitled to their own opinion, some have become self-entitled to the point that they feel their opinion matters more than everyone else. And because we live in a time in which so many people have become entirely too sensitive and self-important about their first world problems, there is a petition to have Zack Snyder removed from the Justice League film.
It blows my mind to know that so many people feel that their opinion matters to that level. They actually believe that Warner Bros. would actually consider removing a director that has just made them tons of money off their next project currently in pre-production because a group of people didn’t like it. The same group of people that complained about Man of Steel and then paid to see BvS afterwards, mind you. Knowing well aware that they’re planning on seeing the film regardless of if Snyder is at the helm or not, they expect an online survey to make an actual change because they personally don’t like his directing. Currently 11,771 supporters have signed on in hopes of convincing a studio to make changes to a film they’re choosing to watch in order to satisfy their personal needs. I will not post a link to the petition here because I do not support such entitlement, but here is what the petition has to say about its reason for existing.
Zack Snyder is not the person to bring the Justice League to the big screen. He’s had two chances now to adapt DC characters and has produced middling results.
Even if you loved Man of Steel and BvS. There has to come a time when WB and DC want someone at the helm that can create something that WON’T divide people in such a way.
The building blocks are there for a great different set of superhero movies. Good actors and actresses and even directors. Zack Snyder is just not the guy that should be in charge of the biggest and most important films in the franchise. Especially with his track record now.
So in other words, it’s basically saying “I didn’t like his films, so I want someone else to make the new ones. If you like his first films in the franchise, then sign this petition anyway because I didn’t like his films. Warner Bros. must find a director that can make DC films the way I want so we can all like them.” And as 11,771 “fans” unite to form the “Just Us League” in order to change a product they’re not being forced to buy, two petitions were started to counter them. One is asking for Zack Snyder to remain on Justice League as director (like as if both the yay and nay petitions matter), and the other is asking for an ultimate edition of the film to be released in theatres. But while the first two mean nothing to the studio, the third petition for an ultimate cut should be considered by the studio since it already exist. Why just release it on DVD and Blu-ray if there is a demand to see it in theatres as well? Warner Bros. could make a lot of money with a limited release of it in theatres before it goes to home video. And judging by Zack Snyder’s Watchmen, which had an extended version on home video, thirty minutes of footage could change the reaction to Batman v Superman and also allow it to run smoother as a story.
I’m all for fans of a certain form of media voicing their opinions and support for what they love. But if you’re not interested in something, then don’t buy or support it. Don’t try to change or get rid of it because you think your opinion matters more than others. Sadly, that type of thinking is starting to grow more common these days. And some companies, recently video game and comic book companies, have caved in and changed their products to meet the needs of these self-important people. But the truth is your entitled to your opinion, but your opinion doesn’t matter enough to change a form of entertainment others are fine with just to suit you. So considering that Zack Snyder is currently working on Justice League as we speak, and he has made Warner Bros. a ridiculous amount of money in a short time, it’s safe to say that he will remain the director of the film. So I have a question for the people supporting the petition that we all know are going to see the film anyway. Tell me… do you complain? You will!!!