This isn’t necessarily video game related, but this type of thing happens in gaming too.
When you have major multimedia conglomerations fighting for supremacy there are bound to be dirty tactics used. In gaming, in TV, in music, and in motion pictures. If you own large portions of the media we take in, you can control how people view things. Such is the case with this movie.
I just got back from watching it and let me tell you, this movie was fantastic. Was it perfect? No. Were there a few areas that could have been tightened up? Sure. No movie is perfect. As a fan of comic books and DC comic books in general I can honestly say that this movie does not taint or besmirch anything from any of the characters in the movie save Lex Luthor. Jesse Eisenberg was not a good choice as Lex Luthor, but we knew that going in so why whine about that now? After watching the film, he did alright. Would have been a much better Joker, but that’s neither here nor there.
The gist of this is that critics have been absolutely DESTROYING this film. I don’t think I’ve EVER heard worse criticism over a film. Not even for Waterworld! For the life of me I could not understand why? This movie gets a 7 or an 8 out of 10 just on special effects and action alone if you ask me. Story wise IMO pushes it to a 8.5-9 out of 10. Everything was done precisely how it should have been done. That’s as far as I will go because I don’t want to spoil anything. Yet critics are ripping the film to shreds, unmercifully. Then I thought about something.
What company has been tearing it up at the box office with comic book films the past 7-8 years?
Who owns the vast majority of the media or has influence in the vast majority of media in this country?
Lastly, what company is trying to milk movie goers dry of every cent they have with the COMPLETE over-saturation of comic book films going all the way into the next decade?
The trouble is, Warner Bros. is not going down without a fight. They see that we will go see every comic book movie there is like sheep. Outside of the Christopher Nolan Batman films it hasn’t exactly been a picnic at the box office for Warner Bros. in terms of comic book films. However, this Batman vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice was a movie a LOT of people anticipated and once it was known that this movie would set up a Justice League film which would lead to many more DC comic movies, I think Disney saw that eventually this could lead to a comic book movie crash. The box office could be come so flooded with comic films that people get sick of it. Some people already are.
To make a short comparison, Christmas is the greatest day of the year. However if Christmas was 365 days a year it wouldn’t feel as special or important. We have seen some spectacular comic book films over the past few years, but what made them special is that they stood out as something different compared to everything else. Now we are getting comic books movies all the time.
I think Disney saw that this movie was good, that it could start the ball rolling for Warner Bros. and instead of being a whipping-boy for Marvel now DC movies would be a threat. So they used their influence to sabotage this film out of self-preservation. I think they used their stroke to have critics rate this movie SO BAD, the this movie can tank and Warner Bros. can reduce or even cancel their future comic book movie plans.
This happens in gaming too. Sony (like Disney) controls a lot of media and they use their influence to their advantage and they aren’t always concerned about being ethical. While Nintendo has made a lot of stupid mistakes with the Wii U there are a lot of good things about the console as well and some very good games, but you don’t hear about them from the major gaming websites. Think about how much press and coverage games like Fallout 4 and Witcher 3 got and still get, but how Xenoblade Chronicles X has not gotten hardly any love at all. Think about how Splatoon was not even acknowledged as a “real” shooter by the gaming media, yet it beat out games like Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Halo 5, and Star Wars: Battlefront as the best SHOOTER of the year. So even with nefarious intent, quality still was able to shine through. I sincerely hope that this happens with Dawn Of Justice as well. It would be a shame if it doesn’t. After seeing this movie I am just as excited to see the Justice League movie (assuming it still happens) as I am the Infinity Wars movie.