As you may well be aware of at this point, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been met with a rather lukewarm response from critics this week. Currently sitting at a measly 31% on Rotten Tomatoes, the superhero movie has been criticised for its pacing, editing and lack of coherence, with the consensus dictating that it has, ultimately, not led lived up to the hype.
Cavill, who plays the Man of Steel, said that, in the end, the reaction from fans is what really matters.
“The interesting thing is that we get the critics who have their personal opinions,” the Superman actor said, “And the thing about personal opinions is that they always come from a place. And there’s a preconceived idea which you have to get past a critic before you start writing your article or your review, and that affects everything.
“What is really going to matter, I believe, is what the audience says. Because they’re the ones who are buying tickets, they’re the ones who want to see more of this kind of story or not and so the audience’s voice is loudest and after this weekend the audience, at least partly, will have spoken.”
Amy Adams, who plays Daily planet reporter Lois Lane – Superman’s love interest – agrees that the movie wasn’t made with critics in mind, saying that she believes the audience’s response has been very positive thus far.
“I know that Zack [Snyder] doesn’t make the movies – or none of us – are making the movies for the critics,” Adams told us, “you can’t go into it with that perspective. I know we really hope the fans like it and so far the reaction has been really positive on that front.
“If you’re interested in a film you should see it and form your own opinion rather than just going on the word of somebody [else]”
However, the director – who will also be overseeing both Justice League movies – insists that he is pleased with the finished product.
“I’m a comic book guy and I made the movie based as much as I could on that aesthetic,” Snyder told us, “And so I don’t know how else to do it 100%, so it is what it is.”
Snyder said that he will draw inspiration from Akira Kurosawa’s celebrated masterpiece, Seven Samurai, for the Justice League movie, promising an ‘intense, awesome and gigantic’ cinematic spectacle.
“I’m getting ready to start ‘Justice League’ on the 11th of April, so in like two weeks we start shooting,” Synder told Yahoo Movies, “and it’s an intense, awesome, and gigantic undertaking because Bruce [Wayne] is having to go out and sort of ‘Seven Samurai’ the Justice League together, which is fun.”
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits cinemas on Good Friday. Watch the interview with Snyder below: