Despite the fact that it is already more than halfway to the billion-dollar mark at the global box office, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been subjected to many harsh reviews, from both fans and critics alike. One of these was filmmaker Kevin Smith, a well-known comic book enthusiast who has never been shy of sharing his opinion. After watching the film for the first time, he complained that, despite being gorgeous to look at, it lacked heart. That said, upon a second viewing, his stance softened and he found the heart in the film, though perhaps not where you might expect, and it incresed his enjoyment exponentially.



Kevin Smith took to Instagram for an extended note on an episode of The CW’s The Flash that he directed, but he took some time to talk about his second viewing of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as well. The Mallrats and Clerks director wrote:
I liked the flick more on my second viewing…I'd said the film didn't have any heart, but after the second viewing, I actually found the heart in #batmanvsuperman: it's in the viewer. And the viewer I watched the blockbuster with the second time was all agog, eyes as big as saucers. During the Knightmare sequence, we shared a moment that even elevated the flick for me: when the winged New Gods nasties attack #Batman and take him down, Jay (age 40) & I (age 45) simultaneously looked at one another and whispered reverently, ‘ParaDemons.’ It was a beautiful moment shared by two lifelong fanboys who were delighted to see their childhood flash before their eyes.

Despite flaws and problems, there is, especially for comic book fans, an inherent joy in watching characters like Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman show up on the big screen. Apparently for Kevin Smith, watching it with his long-time friend and fellow funny book obsessive Jason Mewes, the second viewing of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice tapped into his inner fanboy (though I don’t know how far below the surface that actually lies, that dude loves him some Batman and Superman) in a way the first time failed to do.

Check out his whole post below:
 
 

Meta-Mewes! The folks at @cwtheflash were kind enough to include a cameo for my hetero life mate @jaymewes in the episode of #TheFlash I directed. As a longtime lover of everything that ever aired on @thecw, Jay was ecstatic to have scripted lines in one of his favorite shows (plus, he got to visit the @cw_arrow sets across the lot). But I also found an opportunity to sneak #jaymewes into another scene as well - this time as a masked super villain. And even though he had no lines as the Meta and is unrecognizable, THIS was the role that reduced him to tears. I've seen #JayMewes cry twice in my life: one time it was about the birth of his only begotten daughter, the other time was after he wrapped his super villain bit on #TheFlash. Jay gave me a huge hug and said "You made my dream come true, Moves." You see, Jay never planned for @jayandsilentbob; while he certainly inspired the cinematic duo, it was never his dream to play Jay in the movies - it was just something that happened to him. But this boy LOVES his comic books - so much so that I've never heard him say he's ever read a bad comic book (and I know for a fact he went deep on the I'll-fated @marvel "New Universe" titles back in the day). He doesn't dissect superhero material, he just consumes. Analyzing is for academics: Jay's just there to see his heroes come to life. So to thank me for sneaking him into the @dccomics universe, Jay took me to see @batmanvsuperman again (my second time, his first). I liked the flick more on my second viewing (see 1 hour review on my #KevinSmith #youtube channel). I'd said the film didn't have any heart, but after the second viewing, I actually found the heart in #batmanvsuperman: it's in the viewer. And the viewer I watched the blockbuster with the second time was all agog, eyes as big as saucers. During the Knightmare sequence, we shared a moment that even elevated the flick for me: when the winged New Gods nasties attack #Batman and take him down, Jay (age 40) & I (age 45) simultaneously looked at one another and whispered reverently "ParaDemons." It was a beautiful moment shared by two lifelong fanboys who were delighted to see their childhood flash before their eyes.

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Despite what Kevin Smith and many other fans and critics have said, this hasn’t dampened worldwide enthusiasm for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in any notable way. In just six days, the Zack Snyder-directed superhero throw down has already taken in north of $530 million globally, which isn’t too shabby. And even amidst potential concerns that about its box office longevity, it’s still going to end its run having made a ridiculous sum of money.

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