Neal Adams Has A Lot Of Choice Words About Batman v Superman


One of DC’s most legendary writers does not think highly of Batman v Superman

There are a lot of outspoken critics of Batman v Superman. Some of them high-profile voices within the comics community themselves. But what about someone who helped define Batman and for that matter Superman, among other heroes for the modern audience? That’s exactly who Neal Adams is. Someone who helped define what we think of heroes in the 70s, 80s and 90s. He’s in two comic book Hall of Fames. If anybody has an opinion worth listening to about Batman v Superman, it’s probably Neal Adams.  Unfortunately, he really did not have a high opinion of the film:

"You really want to ask me that? Okay alright, I’ll tell ya. I have held out such hope for that movie, because they tried to fix something of the last one, where you sit, everybody criticizes, uh, Superman practically destroys Metropolis fighting these Kryptonians when he could’ve taken them to the Sahara desert or to the moon or somewhere where you’re not killing people, and so they’re sitting there and basically saying okay, now Bruce Wayne Batman is blaming Superman for doing that, and so he wants to control him and to undo him. Unfortunately at the end, if we track the movie, he ends up killing him, duh! I mean it, is that the point we want to receive at the end. Now we know he’s not dead, but the point is that if he challenged Superman and he’s going to kill him, he kills him. It’s just he uses some other weapon, ya know."

Adams goes on to say that he feels that you can’t really do Dark Knight Returns, which they tried to do without it being 20 or 30 years into the future, with Batman & Superman having an established relationship. That Doomsday was essentially wasted because he could have easily had his own movie, and while he’s excited for a Wonder Woman movie, she didn’t really do anything in Batman v Superman.

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That’s just one part of a very long podcast interview, which you can listen to here. Neal Adams shouldn’t be considered the final word on Batman v Superman or anything, but when a guy who defined how we view DC’s two biggest heroes wasn’t a fan of their big screen portrayal, hopefully somebody listens and at least takes that into consideration.