Back in the late 90s, Kevin Smith wrote a script for Tim Burton’s Superman film. While the project was ultimately cancelled, it’s hard to think of many directors who are more qualified to make criticisms about comic book movies than Smith, who happens to be a huge comic book geek. As it turns out, he has one major criticism of Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice that a lot of viewers will probably agree with.
Speaking on the latest episode of the Hollywood Babble-On podcast, Smith discussed both his recent experience directing an episode of The Flash (which he loved) and his thoughts on Batman v Superman (which he did not):
Remember before when we were talking about Flash, and that it has heart, humor, and spectacle. The movie I felt like didn’t really have a heart. It was certainly fucking humorless, there was nothing funny going on in that world whatsoever, but it had lots of spectacle. Like you can’t take that away from Snyder. Boy, he knows how to like compose a frame and how to setup a shot. Beautiful visual stylist but you need more than just the pictures, you need like characterization and these characters seemed off character, particularly Superman.
Smith’s feelings about the film mirror those of the majority of critics (including our own) and are a nice summation of the film’s problems. Of course, Smith is known for being a pretty positive guy, so he also shared some of the things he liked about the film. It’s no surprise that he enjoyed Ben Affleck’s performance (the two are old friends), although he did admit that the actor did the best with what had, criticizing the film’s characterization of Batman. And like pretty much everyone else, Smith also felt that the film needed more of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman.