In my last journal, about Suicide Squad, I said that when Cinema Sins finally got around to releasing an Everything Wrong With Suicide Squad video, they'd have a field day. That was three days ago. Today, EWW Suicide Squad was released, and it's over 20 minutes long. Called it. Here it is:
The movie I watched afterwards was the 3+ hour Ultimate Edition cut of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I was ready to check out after about 4 minutes, but then they said I was watching a dream sequence. I think that my experience with the movie was better than most people's, because I knew going in that it wasn't really an action movie. I was prepared for lots of character buildup and interpersonal drama, with only a few widely spaced action sequences. And that's what I got. Even looking at it through that lens, though, it still had some really big flaws. Spoilers in quote format text, as before.
For one thing, at no point do we ever get an actual motive for anything Lex Luthor does. It's made clear that he's been manipulating things behind the scenes for years to get Batman and Superman to fight, but... why? We're never given an actual reason for him to care about either of them, and we're never told how he knows both of their secret identities. Or how he's able to take over the Kryptonian ship. Or how he knows that the ship has a mystical healing pool. Or how he knows that adding his blood to the pool will turn Zod into Doomsday. I didn't have a problem with his characterization in this film (though lots of people did), but almost nothing he ever does actually makes narrative sense.
There really wasn't a reason for Wonder Woman to be in the film at all. Ultimately, her role is just there to pad the screen time and serve as eye candy. And to ruin the trailer by giving the editors the bright idea of including the "Is she with you?" "I thought she was with you" scene in it. I mean, yes it's obvious that Bats and Supes are not going to stay enemies at the end of the film, but you don't put a scene of them teaming up in the trailer for a film called Batman v Superman! That's almost as bad as the "I Know What You Did Last Summer" radio commercial that includes someone saying "what if that guy we hit with our car and dumped in the river wasn't actually dead?" So stupid.
...sorry about that, I just really hate it when trailers include scenes that spoil movies. Anyway, you could completely remove everything about Wonder Woman from the film without affecting the plot at all. You'd just have to rechoreograph the final fight against Doomsday, and suddenly the movie is 20 minutes shorter. You already have Bruce watching videos on his computer (and a multiple-minute scene of WW doing the same thing with the same files), just have him see some pictures of her to establish that she's in this universe. Problem solved, and the movie drags on less.
Or hell, have her randomly show up at the end to help with the fight, and then have Bats and Supes ask each other who she's with. Because then it would actually make sense - the context for that exchange as the film is now is basically non-existent, especially since Bruce has been emailing her already (an email address she never gives to him, incidentally - everyone knows things they shouldn't in this movie).
You also have Batman completely abandoning his "don't kill" rule in this film. He kills bad guys basically indiscriminately in this movie, except for the ones he for some reason brands with the bat symbol before they go to jail, so that inmates can kill them for him. Considering his beef with Superman is that Supes killed a bunch of people when fighting Zod, he ends up coming off as a giant hypocrite.
And for someone whose main weapons are his resourcefulness and his ability to plan, saying "if there's even a 1% chance that Superman could turn on us, we have to take it as an absolute certainty [and kill him first]" is just incredibly stupid. If there's a tiny chance for something to happen, then you prepare for that eventuality should it arise - you don't assume it's going to happen and take care of it preemptively. "There's a 1% chance I'll get skin cancer - I'd better remove all my skin, just to be safe." He's supposed to be a genius, but the movie only happens because he's an idiot. Great move, filmmakers. In the comics, he carries around a piece of Kryptonite in a lead box on his utility belt, just in case Superman turns evil. That is the appropriate level of response.
I think Clark and Lois basically acted within their characters for this movie, so I don't really have any problems with them in it. Superman has a personal crisis, which is basically a given in a Superman movie, and Lois spends the movie being a reporter (though it does take her longer to figure things out than it should). For some reason Supes always knows whenever Lois is in danger, anywhere in the world, but his mom is a total blind spot. That doesn't make a lot of sense. But overall, no real problems for me with either of them.
BvS: DOJ (UE) LMNOP is by no means a good movie. And I don't know if it really qualifies as a bad movie either. It's basically just your average big studio blockbuster drek, which happens to be a DC superhero movie too. I gave Suicide Squad a 6/10, I think BvS Ultimate Edition (I didn't see the theatrical version) should get about a 4.5/10. I enjoyed watching it, even with its flaws. Apparently the theatrical version was significantly worse. I won't be watching that one.