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Are the ‘Batman v Superman’ Nominations the Razzies Last Desperate Attempt at Relevance?

Allow me to make The Golden Raspberry Awards, aka the Razzies, relevant again for just a moment. First off, to those you who’ve never heard of this award ceremony, it’s meant to recognize the absolute worst that Hollywood has to offer during that year. Think of this award ceremony as the opposite of the Academy Awards (The Oscars). In fact the two ceremonies typically take place on the same weekend.

Now I’ve never personally had a problem with the Razzies, and that’s because they’re not meant to be taken seriously. I look at the whole idea as like a parody of the real thing, and up until recent years it’s been quite fun to follow, especially as a film buff. Seeing celebrities such as Ben Affleck (Gigli), Halle Berry (Catwoman), and Sandra Bullock (All About Steve) be good sports and accept their Razzie awards only made both parties all the more likeable. But then the Razzies started getting greedy, and were criticized for basing their nominations off whatever got them the most publicity, instead of the performance or film that was most deserving. And now they’ve gone way too far, at least in my opinion.

The nominations for this year’s Razzie Awards were recently announced. Somehow, someway, the voting members of the Golden Raspberry Foundation have concluded that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a film I love and have often defended, was one of the worst films of last year. Not only that, but the film is tied for most Razzie Award nominations (alongside with Zoolander 2). In my opinion, that is ridiculous. Something tells me these voters need to get out and watch more movies (I’ll get to that later).

For the record, I love the DCEU, but I’m not blind. Batman v Superman is definitely not a perfect film, as it focuses more on setting up a universe, often taking away from the story at hand of Batman v Superman.  So what is it about this film that’s so bad, that it deserves eight nominations? Let’s list off each Razzie nomination below, and while I’m at it, I’ll briefly give my two cents on why I feel it’s wrong.

Worst Picture: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

(Also nominated is Dirty Grandpa, Gods of Egypt, Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, Independence Day: Resurgence, and Zoolander 2).

WHY THEY’RE WRONG:

Did Batman v Superman fall short of its potential of being one of the most iconic genre films in cinematic history? Did it fall short of grossing $1 billion at the box office? Yes to both questions. However, I still believe BvS is a pretty damn good film. It doesn’t follow any of the comic book movie rules. Batman, Wonder Woman, and Lex Luthor have already existed in this universe. They’re complex characters that are haunted by their individual past, and as the movie progresses we learn more about why they are who they are in present day. Superman’s arc from Man of Steel to BvS is developed so well, that his return in Justice League will be so powerful and worth the wait. While the overall plot isn’t perfect, the dialogue between characters is so strong. Lastly, the action scenes are still unlike anything we’ve seen in the genre. Are you kidding me Razzies? There are far worst pictures (and comic book movies) that deserve to be on the list. Try harder.


Worst Actor: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill

(Also nominated is Gerard Butler (Gods of Egypt), Robert De Niro (Dirty Grandpa), Dinest D’Souza (Hilary’s America), and Ben Stiller (Zoolander 2)).

WHY THEY’RE WRONG:

Ben Affleck proved every hater, internet troll, and nonbeliever wrong and gave us the best Batman yet. Even those who didn’t like the movie agree that he was great. As Bruce Wayne, his chemistry in scenes with Alfred (Jeremy Irons) and Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) was perfection. Then there’s Batman’s fight sequence in the warehouse. Enough said.

As for Henry Cavill, these voters’ only reasoning has to be the lack of dialogue in the theatrical version, which isn’t really a flaw with Cavill’s performance. That or the “Martha” moment must still keep them up at night. But that doesn’t make Cavill one of the worst actors of last year!


Worst Supporting Actor: Jesse Eisenberg

(Also nominated is Nicolas Cage (Snowden), Johnny Depp (Alice Through the Looking Glass), Will Ferrell (Zoolander 2), Jared Leto (Suicide Squad), Owen Wilson (Zoolander 2)).

Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

WHY THEY’RE WRONG:

Jesse Eisenberg, while at times a bit over the top, gave us one of the most interesting performances of a Lex Luthor portrayal, ever. Forget about whether or not this version of Lex was the one you wanted to see. This villain had great motivations, and a lot of depth. That rooftop scene between Lex and Superman is so great, and it’s mainly because of Eisenberg. Strictly judging his overall performance, I don’t see how he deserves a Razzie.


Worst Screen Combo: Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill 

(Also nominated is any two Egyptian gods or mortals (Gods of Egypt), Johnny Depp and his costume (Alice Through the Looking Glass), entire cast of Collateral Beauty, Tyler Perry and his wig (Boo! A Madea Halloween), Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson (Zoolander 2)).

Ben Affleck & Henry Cavill in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

WHY THEY’RE WRONG:

“Maybe it’s the Gotham City in me. We just have a bad history with freaks dressed like clowns”, Bruce Wayne tells Clark Kent during their first encounter. “Tell me. Do you bleed?” Batman asks Superman after having the doors of his Batmobile ripped off by the god during their second encounter. “You’re not brave, only men are brave”, Batman says to Superman during their confrontation. “She with you? I thought she was with you.” says the two heroes, right before that iconic shot of the DC Holy Trinity. There’s isn’t one time onscreen where Affleck and Cavill don’t show excellent chemistry. So these voters must be referring to the “Martha” moment? I sure hope these voters were as critical about other films.


Worst Director: Zack Snyder

(Also nominated is Dinesh D’Souza and Bruce Schooley (Hillary’s America), Roland Emmerich (Independence Day: Resurgence), Tyler Perry (Boo! A Madea Halloween), Alex Proyas (Gods of Egypt), Ben Stiller (Zoolander 2)).

Ben Affleck & Zack Snyder on set Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

WHY THEY’RE WRONG:

It’s clear that most of Zack Snyder’s films are divisive, and that separates him from someone like a Christopher Nolan. However, this man can do some incredible things that not many other directors can do. I cannot point out one VFX shot in BvS that doesn’t remotely look green screen. Snyder is also an actor’s director, as in he can get some amazing performances out of his cast. Again, I think Eisenberg’s understanding for the vision of the character (thanks to Snyder) and dedication made Lex one of the most intriguing villains in recent years. Gal Gadot managed to give a good performance, because Snyder knew her strengths and weaknesses. Snyder is also someone that can shoot action sequences unlike any director in the genre. The sequence of Wonder Woman entering the screen, and blocking Doomsday’s blast with her wrist guards, followed by Superman breaking sound barriers as he enters Earth’s atmosphere and tackling Doomsday is just incredible! Is the story for BvS incoherent and stuffed? Sure, at times. What else can you nitpick on that at least two other comic book movies last year aren’t guilty of?


Worst Prequel, Remake, Ripoff, or Sequel: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

(Also nominated is Alice Through the Looking Glass, Fifty Shades of Black, Independence Day: Resurgence, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Zoolander 2).

Ben Affleck as Batman in 'Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice'

WHY THEY’RE WRONG:

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE IS NEITHER A PREQUEL, REMAKE, RIP-OFF, NOR SEQUEL. It’s the second installment in the DCEU.


Worst Screenplay: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

(Also nominated is Dirty Grandpa, Gods of Egypt, Hillary’s America, Independence Day: Resurgence, and Suicide Squad).

Henry Cavill as Superman in 'Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice'

WHY THEY’RE WRONG:

I doubt any of these voters actually read the screenplay, or any of the other nominated screenplays. Once again, BvS tries to do too much set up, and a few of the characters (Lois Lane) aren’t given much to work with as the movie progresses. Other than that the dialogue is excellent, the direction of the movie is smart, and the movie takes it time developing its characters and building off what’s already there. Seriously, it’s not as bad as these voters are making it out to be.


Conclusion

Batman v Superman does not belong on this list, because it’s not one of the worst films of last year. The Razzies typically nominate five films per category, however, seeing as the voters aren’t required to actually watch the movie they’re nominating, I doubt they’ve seen five movies in all of last year. As for why all of this even matters to me? Nowadays, they’re too many internet trolls online, and for some reason they love to hate on this film, without giving a thoughtful reason as to why. Getting eight nominations for Razzie awards certainly doesn’t help stop the trend of trolls hating on this movie for fun. As a result, this movie gets a bad rap from overly critical viewers. Therefore as one of the few online defenders for BvS, I must do my part, while also having some fun in the process.

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