People just can't stop talking about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice lately, after it dominated at the box office this past weekend with $166 million. Among the myriad of voices chiming in on the movie is writer-director Kevin Smith, who revealed the major problem he had with the movie on his Hollywood Babble-On podcast. The film debuted just days after he directed an episode of The Flash, but unlike The CW's hit show, the director revealed that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice didn't have any "heart or humor."
"Remember before when we were talking about Flash, and that it has heart, humor, and spectacle. The movie I felt like didn't really have a heart. It was certainly fucking humorless, there was nothing funny going on in that world whatsoever, but it had lots of spectacle. Like you can't take that away from (Zack) Snyder. Boy, he knows how to like compose a frame and how to setup a shot. Beautiful visual stylist but you need more than just the pictures, you need like characterization and these characters seemed off character, particularly Superman."
While Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice exceeded box office expectations, the movie wasn't too beloved by critics, with the movie's Rotten Tomatoes rating dropping significantly throughout the week leading up to the March 25 release date. The movie currently has a 28% rotten score, but fans' reactions were much better. Early fan reactions from the New York premiere were incredibly positive, and the user rating on Rotten Tomatoes is at 72%.
Kevin Smith's observation that there was "no humor" was pointed out by many critics, and Warner Bros.' "no joke" policy for its superhero movies has been discussed for quite some time. Their approach is obviously the exact opposite of Marvel's adaptations, which are much lighter than their DC counterparts. Despite these criticisms, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice did manage to succeed at the box office.
You can listen to all Kevin Smith's latest episode of Hollywood Babble-On podcast below, where he discusses working on The Flash and much more. Do you think Kevin Smith has a point about the lack of humor and heart in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Or do you think the critics and this director were too harsh on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice?