So what I’m getting at here is that I really don’t think there is.
How are you defining bias. There’s nothing to be gained by any critic, popular or academic (myself included), by not liking something. In fact, quite tr opposite. People much prefer articles that agree with them and that tell them to like stuff. My stats are WAY better on good reviews. The only exception is when I have the opposite view of most other articles. Like I got a lot of attention for being anti-falconcap because I was sort of relevant and I was smarter than the people who were just whining because they wanted whitecap.
So it’s not really a bias so much as a lack of bias. Specifically you’re talking about people who really like a thing. Say movies. Or superheroes. Like I’ve literally devoted my life to this. I can honestly say that I watch more of these than 99% of the people on the planet. And I WANT them to all be good. Like a lot. Both because I want there to be more for personal enjoyment and I want people to like me and what I have to say for selfish reasons.
But the problem with the DC films is that they’re being built in such a way that they’re not “doing anything”. I honestly do think they are “movies for the fans”. But that’s stupid. If your only goal is to create a collection of Easter eggs to follow so people who already know the eggs can hunt for them… well… fine.
But a fan is going to like a good movie or a bad one. So you might as well make a good one and pick up new fans.
This movie doesn’t do that.
And there are critical reasons why. And it’s my job to analyze those. It does better than BvS. But i would argue not as well as Suicide Squad (despite it being more tightly written than the latter).
Yes it corrected the darkness of BvS. But that honestly didn’t bother me. The Nolanverse is dark (which is why Snyder did it in the first place). But most of the “fixes” were simple tangible bullet point fixes. Not integral artistic meaningful changes. They were all aesthetic. Brighten to colors. Sprinkle some humorous quips in. Don’t gratuitously kill civilians.
What it didn’t do is work to create a meaningful artistic or engaging story for the viewer. It counts on the viewer adding a priori knowledge. The Harry Potter films are guilty of this too. Especially at the beginning.
Key points. The film literally never tells you who Mera is. Her name isn’t even mentioned. She’s just there and she does stuff. I had to explain her to the non comic fan I was there with. Steppenwolf is almost as vague. Diana glances over some backstory but it isn’t fleshed out. The film just basically says “keep up”. Flash is super funny. But mostly his origin is “here’s some quick beats. Just assume it’s the same as that cartoon you’re watching”. Batman teases Aquaman about talking to fish in a vague way that was really funny to me… because I know the history of “aquaman is lame” jokes. But it’s not earned in “this film”. If you don’t know what he CAN do and what the jokes pretend he can do, it makes no sense.
Marvel has similar problems with Avengers. I HATE Thor’s teleporting onto the plane for instance. But they had more leeway because they chose the slow burn introductions of making 4 films before bringing the team together. The audience has a reason to care about everyone. It’s meaningful when Coulson dies because people know who he is by then.
What didn’t work in Avengers was Hawkeye. He’s got “a blink and you miss it” cameo scene in Thor. But then Avengers asks you to care that the least powerful guy, who you know the least about is kidnapped and brainwashed in like the opening scene. And the character never really recovers for most people. So much so that people gave him less of a chance in A:AoU where he has a much stronger arc.
In this movie, flash, cyborg and aquaman are all basically Hawkeye. It’s like “trust us… they’re important”. But it’s not shown. It’s not earned. It played like a two part episode in the middle of a season.