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Man of Steel

  • Zod's "I WILL FIND HIM!" before he's sealed away in the Phantom Zone. Not the line itself, mind... but the fact that he feels the need to repeat it four times, and he goes from calmly saying it, to saying it with single words emphasized, to screaming it at the top of his lungs. Lara's unusually calm reaction doesn't help.
    Zod: You believe your son is safe? I will find him. (later) I will find him. I will find him, Lara. (pause) I WILL FIND HIM!
    • The pause in between the third and last time he says even makes it seem like the filmmakers knew it was going to go memetic and are trying to build up to it.
  • Clark's conversation with the priest of Smallville's local church. Not only is it filled with tooth-grindingly clichéd lines ("What does your gut tell you?" "Sometimes you need to take a leap of faith!"), the priest seems weirdly nonchalant about a stranger waltzing into his church and casually claiming to be an alien.
  • The Jesus symbolism of Superman is already groan-worthy, but it becomes hilarious towards the end when it's awkwardly shoehorned right before the climactic battle when the surviving Daily Planet reporters crawl from the rubble, and in a tearfully grateful and reverent voice, whimper "He saved us"... which quickly turns to unintentional comedy when the camera pans back to show the grey, lifeless, ash covered apocalyptic wasteland of crumbling-ruins that is left of Metropolis after Kal-El failed to stop a city block–sized spaceship from crashing into it like a bull through a china-shop.
    • Superman’s Jesus pose as he casually floats out of the hole in Zod’s ship before going after the World Engine is hilariously forced.
  • A random guy falling out of the back of the jet that Lois is on would be tragic if it wasn't for the fact that the Wilhelm scream is used, which sounds extremely jarring.
  • "They say it's downhill after the first kiss." With that line, it's impossible to take the scene at its sentimental face value and view it as anything but unintentional comedy as viewers collectively ask "Who says that?", particularly as Metropolis looks like it's been nuked, making it come off as a really bad case of Skewed Priorities.
    • Made worse when Superman responds that it doesn’t apply to him because he’s not actually human. What?


Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

  • That drop of snot on Luthor's upper lip that is present in his final scene.
  • Batman's first appearance in costume looks less chilling and more like he's awkwardly hiding in the corner because there was nothing in the room for him to duck behind, considering he had plenty of time to just leave.
  • The "Believe me, I'll do it" line made a lot more sense from its original source (a teenage gang member), but when coming from the mouth of a hardened international criminal, and the counterpart of a super villain that has actually beaten Batman in the past, it makes him seem like an overly insecure idiot, and so it just comes off as ridiculous.
  • The fight during the Knightmare sequence could have been badass, but Batman looks so hilariously stiff and stilted thanks to the trench coat and cargo pants. More than one fan has admitted to pretending that he has a sandwich in his hand the whole time with how stiff his fighting looks.
  • The Capitol Explosion has a one-two punch of hilarious drama:
    • The Granny's Peach Tea scene. How does the Senator respond to the reveal that Luthor had left her a glass of urine? By behaving like someone was pointing a gun at her with from behind that very instant. The absurdity of the scene and hilariously convenient timing far outweighed the dramatic reveal and the fact that Luthor is now operating overtly. The fact that Lex was willing to stoop to this level makes him seem less like a threatening evil genius and more like the class clown at school who does unfunny pranks.
    • After Lex blows up the Capitol with Superman in it, the camera zooms in on Superman's face in what is clearly meant to be him showing sadness over what happened. Instead Henry Cavill makes Superman look mildly bothered, which brings the scene from "quiet tragedy" to "situation comedy."
  • The "Martha" exchange. Batman's reaction is so over-the-top that it comes off almost as though he's surprised that there exists another person in the world with his mother's name. In addition, any pathos the scene might have had is dispelled by the fact that Superman says "Save Martha!" instead of simply saying "Save my mother", which comes off as a very convenient reason for Superman and Batman to team up.
  • Batman's threats upon meeting Superman could have been badass if it weren't for the context of Superman just backhanding his Batmobile away effortlessly. Instead it comes across as comically overconfident.
  • During the climactic fight against Doomsday, Wonder Woman gets knocked over with her legs in spread eagle, and the camera lingers just a bit too long. Her satisfied smile, while completely in character, makes it look really awkward out of context.
    • Not to mention her constant Fascinating Eyebrow throughout the fight, making her look really goofy and trying too hard to seem badass and unphased.

Suicide Squad

  • Enchantress's bizarre dance ritual in the finale, as well as the strange CGI effects for her "empowered" form that make her look like a bobblehead.note  She continues dancing... even as she delivers her evil speech to the villains.
  • There's also the absurd fact that the makers felt the need to make her CGI "empowered" form have much larger breasts than the actress actually has (including in the previous scenes where she was not digital), which wobble around like a video game as she talks and generally look ridiculous.
  • The seemingly low requirements to be recruited to the Squad garner some unintentional laughs. Boomerang is on the Squad explicitly because he's gone up against a meta-human and lived... which becomes kind of accidentally hilarious because the metahuman was The Flash and he "lived" because Boomerang was so not a threat that Flash was in exactly no danger. Or Waller talking about Harley being so uncontrollable like it's a good thing.
    • Boomerang “surviving” against a metahuman becomes even funnier when you find out in Justice League (2017) that the Flash has never been in a real fight before and mainly just pushes bad guys over.
  • Related to the above, when explaining the purpose of Task Force X, Waller states that "the next war will be fought with these metahumans". It appears to be an In-Universe example of Critical Research Failure in Waller's case, since only three (and later two) of the Squad members are actual metahumans.
  • The Enchantress transforms ordinary people into her minions by kissing them. One by one. And she has dozens if not hundreds of them. Now try to envision that process.
  • Jared Leto as the Joker is rather laughable, and not in the intentional way. As noted by some like Honest Trailers, his over-the-top antics and dialogue makes him come off more like Ace Ventura channeling a Floridan hooligan rather than the suave gangster he's intended to be. This is best shown with this beautiful line.
    Listen, you [Harley] are my gift to this handsome hunka hunka! You belong to him now.
    • His laugh in the hotel room is so unbelievably forced, it’s kind of hilarious.
  • El Diablo referring to the squad as his "family" late in the film. Even in the extended cut, his lack of family-like scenes, or even interactions in general, with the other members make this attempt at a Heartwarming Moment feel forced and unearned.
  • Deadshot firing several different weapons and hitting the exact same spot on all the police targets during his qualifying training, regardless of recoil or weapon size. Despite his abilities, it looks more like he maxed out his weapon skill in a Grand Theft Auto game than actual target practice, especially without his eyepiece.
    • While this is more of a thing with the character overall, his skill with firearms is somewhat undercut by him using wrist mounted ones that don’t even operate like normal guns.
  • The tender moment where Flag reaffirms the way he feels about June before crushing The Enchantress's heart to defeat her is ruined when The Enchantress taunts him that he "doesn't have the balls." Even by the standards of this film, the line is so sudden and jarring that any and all gravitas the scene may have had just instantly melts away.
  • Flagg's Info Dump speeches are somewhat hard to take seriously due to the poorly-written dialogue, particularly the infamous "This is Katana. She's got my back!" speech. Many of the scenes where he says them are also very contrived, such as the scene where he grabs Deadshot and stops him from shooting Enchantress just to tell him that shooting the vulnerable Enchantress will end the battle (especially since he said the exact same thing a little over a minute beforehand).
  • The soundtrack, consisting almost entirely of well-known hits, transitions poorly from song to song and lands painfully on the nose in many places ("House of the Rising Sun" over the opening shots of Belle Reve, "Sympathy for the Devil" in Amanda Waller's first scene, "Seven Nation Army" as the team suits up...). A number of reviewers compared it to a "Now That's What I Call Music!" compilation album, and mocked it as a failed attempt to copy the soundtrack from Guardians of the Galaxy.note 
  • In the Spanish dub, the amount of teenage slang from The New '10s inserted can be endearing in characters who are expected in-universe to use it, like Diablo, Harley and other criminals, but the fact that even Waller and her military staff speak like that as well makes it look not only ridiculous, but also like a cheap attempt by the translation team to pander to the young audiences (which, in all honesty, probably is).

Wonder Woman

  • The shot of Diana hiding her sword in the back of her dress — it is still visible to people around her.
  • After Steve's Heroic Sacrifice, Diana flies into a rage and attacks a horde of German soldiers at extremely high speed. Unfortunately her legs and body are moving much faster in than her overall walking speed during the shot, making it look a bit more goofy than dramatic.
  • The heavy Amazonian accents, while fitting for their characters, can sound a little goofy sometimes. Example: "THEN WHY DO YOU WEAR THEIR COLORS?!"
  • French audiences tend to have a laugh when one of the inhabitants of Veld asks "What happened?" ("Qu'est-ce qu'il s'est passé?") in French with a heavy Belgian accent after Diana smashes the city's bell tower to rubble by jumping into it.
  • David Thewlis' performance as Ares might be a creepy and intimidating one, but when he armors up he still speaks like a dapper English gentleman. Not helping is that when his helmet is knocked off we can see he hasn't physically changed, so it's hard to take him seriously. There's also a flashback to him as shirtless, young and buff Ares... and he still has the mustache.
  • For fans of Retsupurae, the idea of Ares being a Quintessential British Gentleman with lightning powers and the ability to teleport can be quite amusing.
  • At first, one could accept Ares in the form of a quintessential British gentleman. He is, after all, a notorious master of disguise. But then he takes on his true, terrible form... and you realize that no, it's not some form he chose to blend in. Under his fearsome suit of armor, the dreaded Ares, Physical God of war, conflict and bloodshed is a skinny, pale, balding British guy with a dweeby mustache, and it only gets sillier when he starts Chewing the Scenery as a god is expected to do.
    Diana: It's not about deserving. It's about what you believe. And I believe in love.
  • The way the movie’s Broken Aesop comes about. Diana spends the entire movie convinced that Ludendorff is really Ares and, if she kills him, the war will automatically end. At the end, she kills him only to find out he isn’t Ares and Humans Are Bastards that don’t need to be swayed by a mystical god of war to try to kill each other. Except no, Diana just had the wrong guy and, yes, Ares really did influence and aggravate the war (even if he claims he didn't outright cause it). And once he's dead, the war’s over. Now strictly this is due to an armistice taking effect just when Ares dies, but the way it's framed, it looks like the enemy soldiers come out of a trance because Ares died and they even start hugging Diana's allies. The way the movie so deftly undoes the previous two hours of build-up is a thing to behold.

Justice League

  • The MacGuffin of the film is the Mother Box, which led to the inevitable nickname of "Martha Box", both because of the prominence in the plot, the way Steppenwolf keeps talking to the Box as "Mother" and gives grand speeches about "the Mother of Horrors" just to remind us what he's talking about, and the way it just develops New Powers as the Plot Demands (Teleportation, Terraforming, resurrecting dead heroes). Admittedly this is sort-of faithful to the comics source, except Jack Kirby never made it such a prominent over-riding part of his mythos. The true MacGuffin of the New Gods is the Anti-Life Equation. Plus, "Mother Box" is another of those old-school comic book terms from the Bronze Age which is impossible to take seriously nowadays when you hear it spoken out loud.
  • The opening montage shows a homeless man sitting on the street edge holding a sign that reads "I tried", which is immediately followed by the credits saying Directed By Zack Snyder. Many detractors have joked that this was Snyder and/or Whedon's attempt at a Leaning on the Fourth Wall apology for the film you're about to watch.
  • Some of Superman's scenes are ruined due to the obvious attempts to digitally hide Henry Cavill's mustache, leading to a lot of Uncanny Valley. It's especially obvious in the opening scene with the kids using the cellphone camera, and then his bizarre close-up post-resurrection where he holds Batman in a Neck Lift and says "do you bleed?" with a truly creepy sneer that looks like a victim of Joker's happy-gas. Rather than have Henry Cavill shave for the movie (in fairness, he was legally bound not to, as it would have been breach of contract for Mission: Impossible – Fallout), his lower face was digitally altered to be clean shaven. Special Effect Failure aside, this gave him the rather uncanny resemblance to the Crimson Chin. Making it even more hilarious is that it turned out to be completely unnecessary, as production on Fallout was delayed due to Tom Cruise breaking his ankle, and Cavill easily could have grown the mustache back in that time.
  • Having Steppenwolf being built-up as The Dreaded, and referred to with a straight-face by Diana as "the end of worlds" is intended to build up how serious a threat he is, except the unfinished CGI of Steppenwolf, his one-note personality and his actions make him out to be a B-Movie reject with even less menace than Eisenberg's Luthor, which is quite an achievement in and of itself. The fact that the Greek Gods, Atlanteans, and humanity across history have been quaking in fear of what is essentially one of Darkseid's minor lackeys hilariously undercuts the entire grandeur of the World Building and historical sweep that the DCEU is trying to convey.
  • It doesn't help that after his first defeat, Steppenwolf is literally being dragged away by his mooks kicking and screaming. It's almost as if Diana was told about how dangerous he was but didn't catch on that the people telling her this were being sarcastic.
  • After being much lauded for her portrayal of the title character in Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot's acting in this movie... isn't exactly at its best. One striking example is this line Wonder Woman says when Superman is attacking them, which Gadot delivers with less emotion than her expression implies otherwise.
    Wonder Woman: Kal-El, no!
  • In the same vein, Flash and Superman turn saving people into a jokey dick-measuring contest.
  • The Russian family. Having them appear in one scene? Fine, it shows that there are endangered people living near the nuclear powerplant Steppenwolf chooses as his base of operations. But having them show up in three scenes in a row without any payoff or plot significance only to have them anticlimatically evacuated by the Flash? Feels closer to a Running Gag.
    • It looks even dumber in the Russian movie dub, since, due to censorship (likely to remove associations with Chernobyl), the entire scene was relocated to Poland. Except nobody bothered to cut out or reshoot the russian labels on the cans of insecticide that the girl pulls out.
    • Also, the fact that they are somehow the only people who happened to be in the area. It almost comes across like the rest of the town got advance warning of the Parademon invasion and simply left without them because they didn't like them.
    • The building Superman lifts is supposedly full of people, but the way it is shown — from afar, whith no one visible or screaming — is very unconvincing.
    • Just the fact that Superman can fly around with a building without it crumbling apart in his hands is hilariously cartoony.
  • Batman's line to Superman "destroy that box so [he] can stop it from destroying all life on Earth" belongs more to a Saturday Morning Cartoon than to a blockbuster that's meant to be taken seriously.
  • The bald Arkham inmate who's been used as a decoy to allow Lex Luthor to escape. If he was meant to be scary, then it failed, especially with that ridiculous Evil Laugh of his, which has likely been done in voiceover given how poorly it synchronizes with his mouth.
  • When Deathstroke unmasks, the bad dye-job makes him look less like Deathstroke and more like Mid-Life Crisis Man. It doesn't help that Joe Manganiello is already starting to go grey, so the dye job was completely unnecessary for capturing Slade's look.
  • Likewise, Slade taking a deep breath after removing his mask and then breathing heavily. Is the movie implying that Deathstroke's iconic mask is hard to breathe in? Kind of undermines one of the greatest assassins in any DC universe.


  • The soundtrack's "Dun Dun Dun!" after King Nereus name-drops the "Ocean Master" title.
    • Orm’s insistence that the Brine King call him Ocean Master comes across as unbelievably silly, especially thanks to that added echo.
  • While the movie has plenty of pop songs in its soundtrack, the most jarring and out of place one is Pitbull's "Ocean to Ocean." James Wan seems to have forgotten that he wasn't directing Furious 7 when filming the scene where Arthur and Mera reach the Sahara desert's shores.
  • Some of Patrick Wilson's yells as Orm sound less like a Screaming Warrior and more like he's trying to hit some high notes at an opera recital. (Which is hilarious when you remember what one of Patrick Wilson's well-known roles is.
  • Similarly, when Black Manta's trying to free his father from drowning, he makes a frustrated yell that sounds like, "AUGH!!", which sounds really goofy.
  • In sharp contrast to the actors who portray Arthur as a child and in his current state, the actor representing a teenage/young adult Arthur seems to have... trouble... with his line delivery, which stands out in what's supposed to be one of the more emotional scenes in the movie.
  • During the scene where Vulko is telling Arthur the history of Atlantis and the trident, Arthur is seen standing in a very wide-legged stance, which looks completely unnatural.


  • The scene in the opening where the Sivana family crash their car in a horrifyingly real fashion is set to the extremely unfitting background track of the Christmas carol "Do You See What I See". It may, however, be so tone-deaf and odd that it loops to at least yielding unintentional comedy for viewers with particularly sick senses of humour.
  • The Jerk Jock bullies are such insanely over-the-top Jerkasses, including beating up a physically handicapped kid after nearly running him over with a car in full view of numerous other students (none of whom bother to help Freddy out), plus one of them carrying a pair of nunchuks (i.e. a lethal weapon) on school property, that you just stop taking them seriously and wonder why they weren't thrown in jail years ago.
  • The Wizard's cheap-looking robes and incredibly obvious fake wig and beard kind of distract from the intended gravitas of his scenes.
  • During the final battle, Billy gets his head held underwater at one point. When he dramatically resurfaces to say "Shazam!" after his attacker gets kicked off, it's done in a slow-motion shot that looks like it's from a 90's television movie.

Alternative Title(s): Batman V Superman Dawn Of Justice


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