EDK: The Critics Must Be Crazy, ‘Batman V Superman’ Is Fantastic
Critics have called Batman v Superman everything from “laughable” to “ misogynist, paternalistic…fascist even.”
Good grief. All of those things at once!?
And so what if it is? So what if a film about superheroes is a little fascistic? At least the question of democracy is raised. At least that conversation takes place in this film, and by the end we’re left still puzzling it out. The unilateral actions of these ubermensch heroes—the heroes the world needs, not that it deserves—are presented not as purely good deeds, but as actions with unintended consequences. I left the film thinking that, at least on some level, those concerned with Superman’s enormous power weren’t wrong. What if he went mad? He could destroy the world. That’s Bruce Wayne’s fear. Here is a man—no, an alien—with the power to destroy everything, that Batman can’t hope to stop (without a little help from a certain green rock.) And even without that threat, Superman draws aliens from outerspace with similarly jaw-dropping and deadly powers.