I’d like to imagine that no director starts out with the intention of making a bad movie (although I’m less and less convinced that people like Michael Bay are doing any of this “for art’s sake” rather than a giant paycheck). Still, even the greatest movies aren’t perfect and have scenes that don’t work as well as others. The same is true of really bad movies too, as it’s hard to find many that are completely without merit. Sometimes there are even scenes so good, they make you question why the rest of the movie couldn’t have been of the same quality. Of course, you may very well be a fan of every movie that appear on this list (films are subjective, after all), but here are 10 scenes that I think are truly special in otherwise awful movies.
10. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Warehouse Fight
While I’ve softened on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice a bit since its release, I still think it’s a terrible movie with far too many problems to list off here. Issues with characterization aside, Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne/Batman is not one of them, as the actor actually acclimates well to the world-weary, jaded Dark Knight presented in the film — even if he racks up an uncomfortable body count by the end of it. It takes far too long to get to, but the warehouse brawl between Batman and a group of Lex Luthor’s hired thugs is arguably the best fight scene in a live-action Batman movie to date. It truly feels like a comic panel come to life, as Batman fights his way through a room full of armed adversaries and the best part is that we see both the character’s strength and vulnerability.
It’s clear from the way Batman carries himself in the fight that he’s been honing his skills for years, but he also gets pretty banged up over the course of the brawl, which underscores that he’s not as spry as he once was. Unlike Superman, Batman declines as he ages and even though he comes out of the fight victorious, it’s a hard-fought victory. Director Zack Snyder has always known how to shoot a great fight scene and even though he’s not directing The Batman (due out in 2018), I hope Matt Reeves takes his inspiration from Snyder’s work in this scene specifically for that film’s hand-to-hand combat sequences because this is now the gold standard for live action Batman fight scenes.