Batman v Superman reviews were mixed, as your note below, but that did not stop it taking $424m (£300m) worldwide at the box offices in its first five days.
The adaptation from DC Comics cost more than $250m to make is Warner Bros’ second-highest international opening after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Given this sets up multiple sequels this is excellent news for Warners.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had it’s theatrical release virtually worldwide this weekend and fans lapped it up!
1New York Times
Batman v Superman review by AO Scott
What [director] Mr Snyder has concocted is less a free-standing film than the opening argument in a very long trial. Its two-and-a-half-hour running time — not so much a “dawn” as an entire morning spent watching the clock in anticipation of lunchtime — is peppered with teasers for coming sequels.
For fun there are shots of the heroes shirtless and of Lois Lane in the bath. But the point of Batman v Superman isn’t fun, and it isn’t thinking, either. It’s obedience.
It wants you to believe that it’s on your side. Don’t be fooled.
Rating: 2 Stars, From our reading of the review Full Review
2Los Angeles Times
Batman v Superman review by Kenneth Turan
It turns out that that sunny vision of superhero camaraderie is a product of an earlier, more innocent era, a time before the brooding darkness that engulfs and energizes Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
While the Marvel universe, now owned by Disney, is glib and sunny, it’s a nice echo of Warner’s past as a home to gangsters and gritty melodramas to find its DC world operating very much on the dark end of the street.
Rating: 4 stars From our reading of the review Full Review
3The Telegraph (UK)
Batman v Superman review by Robbie Collin
Around two and a quarter hours into Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, even Batman (Ben Affleck) has no idea what’s going on.
Imagine Affleck, standing shirtless in a dungeon, repeatedly thumping a bus tyre with a sledgehammer. Got it? Good: that’s not just what the film feels like, it’s a real scene from it. And that’s all you need to know.
Rating: 2 stars Full Review
Batman v Superman review by Chris Nashawaty
The movie kicks off with the twin cities of Gotham and Metropolis trying to make sense of the destructive arrival of Superman (Henry Cavill) (the film picks up on the heels of 2013’s Man of Steel).
Ben Affleck is a solid successor to Christian Bale, even if he’s a better Bruce Wayne than Batman.
I get that this mano a supermano story line is a sacred text among comic-book aficionados, but Dawn of Justice doesn’t do the tale any favors.
Rating: 3.5 Stars, converted from their rating of C+ Full Review
Batman v Superman review by Sandie Angulo Chen
Parents need to know that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a dark, serious superhero drama that pits the titular DC comics characters – Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) – against each other, though ultimately the message is one of teamwork.
The heroes’ big fight scene is full of the kind of action you’d expect… and if you’ve seen the posters and trailers, it’s no surprise to say that Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) makes a grand appearance.
Rating: 3 Stars Full Review