Yesterday, I quote tweeted someone talking about how much they loved the visuals of Batman V Superman. I tagged on to it that yes the movie has great visuals but I just wished the script had been better. Ever since then my mentions on twitter have included DC-Snyder Stans circle jerking each other about how stupid and uncultured I am for not understanding the brilliance that is Batman V Superman.
I’ve debated on how to respond to them or if I even should respond to them. So far, I’ve decided it’s best to not directly engage and just let them tire themselves out and move on.
But that does bring one part of fandom that I simply do not understand, stans. Stans are those people who do searches online for people talking about a certain thing and then constantly insert themselves into the conversation. What does it matter what I, some random unimportant guy on the internet, thinks of your favorite franchise? It’s nearly impossible to mention the name Snyder on twitter without getting at least one person coming back at you about the “misunderstood genius” of the DC universe.
Maybe this is just me being an old person now and not understanding the kids these days. I mean I’m typing this up on a blog page instead of making a twitter thread about it. I’m old, let me shake my cane at them from my free wordpress blog page.
It’s something I’ve tried saying to people for years. Art is subjective. Yes, Batman V Superman is a work of art. Some people are going to love it, some people aren’t. That is simply just life. For some, BvS is the best comic book/superhero movie ever made and that’s a perfectly valid opinion to have. For others, BvS just did not work for them. I could list off the problems I had with the movie, but at this point who really cares? Well, I guess someone out there cares about my opinion, but that’s not what I’m writing about here.
This is part of the reason why I don’t like people putting so much faith into sites like Rotten Tomatoes. People put so much emphasis on the score there and I think most people don’t fully understand what that score really means. If a movie has a 30% score, that doesn’t mean all the critics gave it a 30% rating, it means that out of all the critics 30% gave it a positive review. That 30 % could have LOVED the movie, among that 30 % someone could have had their life altered by the magnificence of the film. It’s not a direct indicator of quality, it’s an indicator of how many people gave it a positive or negative score.
There is no one piece of art that responds to everyone. I’m sure someone went to the Louvre in Paris, saw the Mona Lisa and said “meh, it’s not that great.” That’s just life, anyone who creates anything will have people who hate it and people who love it. You cannot please all of the people all of the time. That brings me back to why some random person on the internet cares what I thought of a movie. If you loved the movie, that’s great, I’m happy for you. I’m happy that you got enjoyment out of it. Like what you like, enjoy the movie and ignore the haters.