Let’s be clear on one thing: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a bad movie. It’s riddled with plot holes, bad characterizations, and perhaps worst of all, is just plain dull for long stretches of its runtime. However, that doesn’t mean it is entirely without merit. We’ve already outlined the many things wrong with this film, so in the interest of acknowledging the other side of the argument, we’ve assembled a list of things that Batman v Superman actually gets right. Spoiler alert: Lex Luthor is not one of them.
(For real though, this post contains plenty of SPOILERS, so if you haven’t seen the film yet, continue at your own peril.
10. The Opening Scene
No, we’re not referring to the pointless retelling of Batman’s origins that ends with a young Bruce Wayne being symbolically lifted up by a swarm of bats; we’re talking about the scene that should have opened the movie: Bruce Wayne witnessing the destruction of Metropolis. Showing Man of Steel’s most controversial sequence from Bruce’s perspective proves to be a fantastic way of establishing Batman’s motivations for wanting to destroy Superman throughout the rest of the film. As Bruce races through the streets of Metropolis while buildings fall and innocent people die around him, it’s hard not to get swept up in the moment and get totally on board with the idea of stopping Superman, who looks positively terrifying from this vantage point. Of course, this scene is also just the first of many that wrongfully depict Superman as a seemingly-remorseless alien who begrudgingly helps people, but in terms of Batman’s character development and starting the movie off in exciting fashion, this scene is a resounding success.