However one may have felt about the film, it’s quite clear that Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” did not go over well with critics, even if it did make a mint at the box-office. With the studio understandably concerned enough about the film’s results to do some tinkering with their DCEU plans moving forward, it’s hoped subsequent films set within the same universe will offer something more.
Those on the film were aware of the criticisms that the movie faced. Some tried to spin it with PR talk ala Henry Cavill, others like Jason Momoa resorted to dismissive tweets. One person though who has now offered the most astute assessment this week is Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons. The actor, who played Bruce Wayne’s butler/head of security Alfred Pennyworth in the film, told The Daily Mail this weekend who asked him about the “ruthless kicking” the film received:
“Deservedly so. I mean it took $800 million, so the kicking didn’t matter but it was sort of overstuffed… It was very muddled. I think the next one will be simpler. The script is certainly a lot smaller, it’s more linear. I’m tied into The Batman at the minute, which is nice because it’s a bit of income… Not that I need a bit of income but it’s nice to keep ticking over.”
Irons is currently slated to film scenes for “Justice League: Part One” and appears in the “Assassin’s Creed” film opening in December.