Can you hate a movie but love its characters, or does a bad cinematic experience poison you against them? Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was a massive disappointment for me, but damn if I don't adore DC Films' Superman and Armoured Batman figures.
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The films we've as the best science fiction and genre films of 2016 are a very motley crew. This year we loved superheroes, animation, farting corpses, live action, talking animals, and more. These are films spanning different genres, disciplines, and themes, which experienced varied levels of success. Each is worthy of acknowledgment, though, so check out what we crowned the best of the best, and worst of the worst.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a success because it isn't funny. The film contains funny moments: Batman intoning a robotic "shit" before scrambling around like the biggest possible goof definitely caused a roar of laughter in the theatre when I watched the film. However, it's not a movie that depends on being funny, and that's the strength of Zack Snyder's interpretation of the iconic DC Comics characters.
Three years ago, Superman got his own Christopher Nolan-influenced movie reboot, full of brooding portents and Kryptonian politics. Man of Steel was a pretty good movie, albeit one with serious flaws. Now the sequel is out, and it deals with a lot of the same ideas and themes. And fumbles them completely.
Minor spoilers ahead. Like, if you've seen the trailers, you'll be OK.