Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Review

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

SCORE: 75%

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