Trying to not make this a pretentious post defending superhero movies is going to be a little difficult, considering what I’m actually about to say, but please bear with it. I don’t pretend to know a lot about comic lore either, and can thus only talk about these adaptations from how I feel they work as movies. But since seeing Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice twice over the past two days, and coming to terms with my enjoyment of it, I’ve been thinking a lot about how people receive these sorts of movies in the canon of filmmaking. There’s always going to be a lot of talk about whether movies of any genre “deserve” to be praised for one reason or another, but that all comes from the same place.
(Don’t you worry, this won’t be a spoiler-y post about BvS re: plot.)