A writer at Yahoo! had the guts to ask Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill about the negative reviews the movie has been hit with left and right since Tuesday.
As of Thursday morning, Batman v Superman’s critic reviews were offering the film a 34% average on Rotten Tomatoes, making Dawn of Justice one of the worst-reviewed Batman and/or Superman films ever. In fact, if you go by the overall reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, it is the fourth worst. Batman & Robin has an 11% average, Superman IV: The Quest For Peace has a 12% average, and Superman III sits at 26%. After Dawn of Justice is Batman Forever with a 41% average.
A correspondent for Yahoo! asked Affleck, Cavill, director Zack Snyder, and co-stars Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, and Jesse Eisenberg what they thought of the response. Unsurprisingly, the stars and director shrugged off the critics.
“The interesting thing is that we get the critics who have their personal opinions,” said Cavill, “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.”
He continued, “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.”
Affleck, who was sitting quietly next to Cavill while the Superman actor provided this answer, offered a quick “I agree” at the end.
In a separate interview, Amy Adams said, “I know that Zack [Snyder] doesn’t make the movies — or none of us — are making the movies for the critics. 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],” she added.
Snyder offered a less sensical answer. “I made the movie for — I’m a comic book guy, and I made the movie based as much as I could on that aesthetic. And so, I don’t know how else to do it 100%. It is what it is.”
Watch their responses below:
The fact of the matter is that the stars and director have to stay positive about the movie right now. They’re contractually obligated to call it the coolest movie ever. An interviewer could hold a gun to Henry Cavill’s head, and he’d still say that the opinions of critics don’t matter and that the movie is super awesome — whether he believes it or not.
Time may tell what these stars really think about the movie. Quite often, after a lot of time has passed, stars will become more honest about a movie they starred in if they truly think it was bad. Hell, sometimes they don’t even wait — take Fantastic Four director Josh Trank, who last year crapped on his own movie the day before it hit theaters.