Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the sequel to the 2013 superhero film Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Jesse Eisenberg. This film, along with Captain America: Civil War, has been one of the most hyped releases of 2016 – and it’s easy to see why. Two giants in Batman and Superman have finally been realized on the silver screen for the first time in the same film. Will the film be a massive success? Or is the movie doomed to fail?
The answer to that question is completely subjective. Just so you all get an idea about myself before we continue, I need you all to understand that I myself am a huge fan of Marvel comics. However, Batman is my Kryponite (hardy har har) when it comes to DC. I’ve never liked Superman or his films. However, Man of Steel to me was great. It brought the flaws of a “first time hero” to light. Batman v Superman continues directly on from Man of Steel.
The holy trinity.
The first five or so minutes of the film runs over Bruce’s backstory, before putting us right in the middle of the ending of Man of Steel. The idea of Bruce Wayne being injected into the story doesn’t feel forced at all.
The idea that Ben Affleck would be terrible as an aged, veteran Batman is completely ludicrous. He burnt very bright as Batman and put in an awesome performance. His banter with Alfred (Jeremy Irons) is something we’ve never seen between any version of Batman and Alfred on screen before. Irons plays the comedy and seriousness well. Also, the Batmobile looks awesome!
Henry Cavill plays exactly the same version of Superman as he did in Man of Steel. If you weren’t a fan of his performance in Man of Steel, you probably won’t like him here, either. They focused too much of the film on making him relatable, when they seem to forget he’s an indestructible alien that’s afraid of a green rock.
One of the biggest mysteries leading into BvS was how two iconic characters were going to be handled: Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. Gal Gadot puts forward a show stealing performance as the warrior princess of Themyscira. They give enough for the casual fans to understand who she is, while leaving plenty to be explored in her upcoming solo film, due for release in 2017. Jesse Eisenberg was an awesome Lex Luthor. Helping set up what I hope is a main villain role in the upcoming Justice League film.
The film tried to be a bit too philosophical however, making us question the humanity of an alien, and how far someone is willing to go to get justice. While I’ve seen a lot of criticism about it, the plot is actually incredibly easy to follow. There is just a lot of things in the film that weren’t really required, which is where the film falls flat. For 150 minutes, about 60 minutes total was action. The remaining 90 minutes is all story. Normally, I wouldn’t complain about that, but a lot of it lead to no satisfying conclusion.
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One of the coolest moments in the movie was seeing the cameos. What amazed me, was how organically they fit into the story (except the first Flash cameo).
So, Flash can time travel. But somehow, he also invaded Bruce’s dream and got to warn him about Lois. What was he warning Bruce about? That part confused the hell out of me. It was cool to see him time travel, but it made zero sense to the plot and felt like more of a “shock the audience” moment.
The second Flash cameo takes place while Diana is looking at the hacked hard drive of Lex Luthor. On the drive, it contains video footage of Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg. It’s bizarre to think Ezra Miller will be playing Barry Allen considering Grant Gustin is doing such an amazing job on the TV series. I will reserve judgement for his first official time as Flash in Justice League though.
The extended Aquaman cameo was awesome. You get to see how bad-ass Jason Momoa looks as the King of Atlantis, plus see how powerful he is.
Cyborg’s cameo could have been handled better though. The cameo left a lot of people in the cinema who don’t know the story of Vic Stone scratching their heads. The final fight scene between Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman against Doomsday was a horrid CGI-fest. I understand why though, as it would be incredibly difficult to film with practical effects. The CGI just didn’t hold up, which is unfortunate.
The film also goes about 15 minutes too long. After the fight, the film takes about 20 minutes to wrap everything up, when it could have easily been done and dusted in 5 minutes.
SUMMARY: This film will be debated by fans for years to come. And it all depends on how you feel for the characters. I’ll still give it a favorable rating though, as seeing Wonder Woman shine and all the Bruce Wayne/Batman scenes were enough to tide me over until Justice League.
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