Even the stars of Batman v Superman think it was terrible

Batman's butler throws BvS under the bus.

Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice
Who's your money on? Ben Affleck v Henry Cavill is going to get brutal. Image Picture Warner Bros

Batman v Superman just can’t catch a break.

The superhero extravaganza made a fair wedge of cash at the box office, but critics gave the film a beating.

A 27% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes pegs it as a worse movie than star Ben Affleck’s other comic book duffer Daredevil. Endless “where did it all go wrong?” think pieces and Reddit dissection threads have only thrown more fuel on the flaming inferno that is Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

“The kicking didn’t matter but it was sort of overstuffed… It was very muddled.”

Not even the stars of the film can hold their tongue when it comes to assessing the film. Jeremy Irons, who played Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler Alfred, has just thrown the film under the bus – lucky for him he has an iron-clad contract that guarantees he’ll be back for more pay days sequels regardless.

Responding to the film’s critical drubbing, Irons told the Daily Mail: “Deservedly so. I mean it took £800 million, so the kicking didn’t matter but it was sort of overstuffed… It was very muddled. I think the next one will be simpler. The script is certainly a lot smaller, it’s more linear.

“I’m tied into The Batman at the minute, which is nice because it’s a bit of income…”

Irons revealed his inspiration for Alfred, a tougher interpretation of the character than previous versions, came from ex-SAS soldiers who were now bodyguards. 

“If I was Mr and Mrs Wayne and I had a young son I thought could be kidnapped, killed or whatever because of his wealth, I’d make sure his guardian – his tutor, his mate – was somebody pretty capable,” he said.

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Loaded digital media manager Simon Reynolds has written about film and entertainment for various leading websites since 2008. Follow Simon at @simonreyn

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