Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is currently receiving some less than kind reviews (32% recommended on Rotten Tomatoes), probably on account of it isn’t very good. But director Zack Snyder and his stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams and co. aren’t letting it get them down too much. And can you guess why? I bet you can. It’s because they made this movie for the faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaans, maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan. At least, according to Amy Adams. The others chose their words a little more carefully.
As the cast said in an interview with those fan-centric saints over at Yahoo UK:
Henry Cavill: “What is going to really matter is what the audience says. They’re the ones that are buying tickets, they’re the ones who will decide if they want to see more of this kind of story or not.”
Zack Snyder: “I mean look, you know, I’m a comic book guy, and I made the movie based as much as I could on that aesthetic, I don’t know how else to do it. It is what it is, you know.”
Amy Adams: “I know that Zack doesn’t make the movies, and none of us are making the movies for the critics, so to speak, you can’t go into it from that perspective. So, I know we really hope the fans like it, and so far the reaction’s been really positive on that front.”
Directors, especially ones whose movies are getting bad reviews, love to trot out the old chestnut about how “critics don’t matter, maaaan.” Which is true, we don’t matter, box office matters. If a movie makes enough money, it could rate 0% on Rotten Tomatoes and no one with a hand in making it would really care that much. But is there any statement more asinine than “We made it for the fans?”
What does that even mean? You made the movie for people who are going to like it no matter what? Also, define “fan.” We’re talking about SUPERMAN here. You only made it for Superman fans? So, roughly everyone then? “This soda is really obscure, you’re probably not going to like it unless you’ve had Coca-Cola.”
Anyway, I recognize that they’re being put in kind of a weird position by the pointed question, but for the love of God, let’s all just stop it with “We’re doing it for the fans.” Also, critics are just fans who see the movie a little early and might tell you it sucks afterwards.