Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Gets a B From Audiences On Opening Night


Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice has been getting pilloried by the critics, leading the film's stars to say, in effect, that the movie was meant for audiences, not the press.

How well did they manage that? Well, audiences on Friday night gave the film a B CinemaScore.

CinemaScores are tallied on opening night for major releases, hoping to capture audience reaction before it's too influenced by word of mouth. The film earned the same grade as both Green Lantern and Batman apparently a B is pretty subjective based on the opening night audience.

(Incidentally, if you're a big fan of Batman Returns, check out our Batman V Superman red carpet interview with Robin Lord Taylor, who talks about his love for Danny DeVito as The Penguin.)


...In which I ask Gotham's Robin Lord Taylor who should play The Penguin in DC's movie universe -- and ask him to make Ben McKenzie do a J. K. Simmons impression.

Posted by DC on on Thursday, March 24, 2016

Man of Steel earned an A-, while Superman Returns got a B+. Superman IV: The Quest For Peace, the earliest Superman movie graded by CinemaScore, got a C. On the Batman side of things, all three Christopher Nolan "Dark Knight" films earned A CinemaScores, as did Tim Burton's Batman. Batman Forever got an A- from audiences, while Batman and Robin got a C+ at the time.

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Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is now playing in theaters.

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    • Derangel
    • 133 Posts in 20 Months

    Between B and A- seems appropriate honestly. It's not a bad movie, but it has problems and if someone isn't familiar with the ton of references made it's going to seem like a confusing mess at points. Not to mention the serious pacing problems the movie has.

  1. That's a bad sign. Usually, movie scores are inflated on opening and eventually whittle down to their rightful rank. For it to be only a B on opening night means it will eventually fall to a C or so. Which, personally, makes a lot of sense because I saw it yesterday and thought it was brutal. I give it a 4/10 at best. WB should cut all ties with Snyder as soon as possible, before he ruins their cash cow DCCU any worse than he did with BvS.

  2. That seems about right. I thought it was great, just a little long and the Aquaman cameo was really lame. It's just nice to have a superhero movie that's not the same Marvel slap stick action over and over. Hopefully Civil War breaks that mold too so things get exciting again.

    • solodomo
    • 7 Posts in 19 Months

    Transformers has a B audience rating too. Who cares?

    • _L0Bo_
    • 3197 Posts in 25 Months

    It should be a A not B being Batman VS Superman, I blame the crappy Doomsday Zod clone that felt more like a grey bald Hulk, the attempt to rush in the Death of Superman story line in it was weak. Now we'll never get a Death of Superman on the big screen, the way it was meant to be. Superman and Batman fight was awesome.

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