Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been savaged by film critics who describe the latest DC Comics film as a “stink bucket of disappointment”.
And that’s not even the worst of it. One reviewer called it “a confounding（组合） mess of a movie” while another headline slammed（大力抨击） it as “a crime against comic book fans”.
“Zack Snyder’s superhero spectacle is a meatheaded, humourless mess that squanders（浪费，在写作中可以替代 waste） its cast and makes little sense,” wrote the UK Telegraph’s Robbie Collin.
So where did it all go so wrong? With a thin and incoherent（不合逻辑的） script, overplayed superheroes and a jarring（不和谐的） amount of CGI, apparently.
Fairfax Media’s Jake Wilson described Batman [Ben Affleck] and Superman [Henry Cavill] as “whinging superheroes”, while A.V. Club dismissed them as “both epic bores”.
“Superman comes across like a smugly sociopathic deity,” wrote A.V. Club’s A.A. Dowd. “Faced with his chilly, blank arrogance, one can’t help but long for the charismatic（超凡魅力的） decency（礼貌） of a Christopher Reeve (or even the more puppyish charm of one-timer Brandon Routh).”
“Affleck, meanwhile, broods and simmers（逐渐的）, but does little new with the dual rich-boy/crime-fighter role.”
Added Vox’s Alex Abad Santos: “None of Wayne’s reasons for war are made clear enough, but they’re all sort of there, flaccid（迟缓的） and dying from a lack of sunlight and oxygen.”
Jesse Eisenberg as tech billionaire psychopath Lex Luthor also verged on the ridiculous, according to critics who couldn’t wait to him to be killed off（消灭）.
“Lex Luthor, with his wiggling fingers and high-pitched（高声调的） vocal tics, is pure theatrics,” lamented Vanity Fair’s Richard Lawson. “It’s a shockingly misjudged performance, making a goofy hash out（消失） of any scene he’s in, and further clouding an already sketchy motivation.”
Newcomer Gal Gadot’s portrayal of Wonder Woman was generally agreed upon as the film’s saving grace, and was praised（称赞） for giving a weighty performance despite the thin amount of material she had to work with.
A number of reviews instead praised Snyder for his “operatic” and “exhilarating” adaptations of the familiar characters.
Wrote Variety’s Andrew Barker: “As overblown as the lengthy showdown might become, Snyder gets closer than ever before to the chiaroscuro（用阴暗对照法绘制的图） palette of classic comics, and even if his scrupulous efforts to avoid reopening Man of Steel’s collateral damage debates are a bit on the nose, at least he’s clearly received the message.
While no match for Christopher Nolan’s gritty Batman trilogy with Christian Bale, Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers was also impressed. “Better than Man of Steel but below the high bar set by Nolan’s Dark Knight, Dawn of Justice is still a colossus（巨作）, the stuff that DC Comics dreams are made of for that kid in all of us who yearns to see Batman and Superman suit up and go in for the kill.”
With a new Justice League series and a Wonder Woman blockbuster on the way, one thing is for sure: movie fans and critics alike will be hoping the new era of DC films are done right.