Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
Director: Zack Snyder
Writer: Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer
Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Gal Gabot, Holly Hunter
Well after 3 years of waiting, its finally here. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice has finally been released. I feel I must state some things before I get into this, mainly because I feel some rants coming on here in the very near future. I did not hate the movie, no hate is to strong, but (isn’t there always a but) I by no means am going to say that I am a huge fan of this movie either. Is it worth seeing? Absolutely. You have to see it, it’s Batman verse Superman, or I guess if you want to use that horrible title choice, Batman V Superman. Also, I must state that even though I have read some comic books, I haven’t really read anything that pertains to the story in this movie, so I really have no expectations when it comes to a plot other than the fact that I know Doomsday kills Superman, so I didn’t have much to go on. That being stated, lets get this thing going. I’m not going to break down scene-by-scene what happened, frankly that would be boring and confusing, there was just too many dream sequences and what not. So lets just dive in, I want to say some nice things to get this started.
First of all I was right. That was very womanly of me wasn’t it? Oh well its true, I said going in that I thought Ben Affleck was going to surprise people, well guess what Ben Affleck was not what was wrong with this movie, if anything he was what was right with this movie. Thumbs up Mr. Affleck, I totally dig you as Bruce Wayne and I am excited for what you do next in this crazy DC universe. Just for the record, that was my “I told you so” I’m not sorry. Moving on, a pleasant surprise for me was Gal Gabot, she did fantastic as Wonder Woman. I had no idea what to expect from her and she proved to be great for the role. She was a nice touch to counter act the big strong broody men of the movie, yeah I’m talking about Batman and Superman, they’re such drama queens sometimes. Also, Jeremy Irons was a nice touch for this film as well. He did rather well as Alfred, even though Michael Caine will always be Alfred to me, sorry Jeremy. Tiny side note, I did like Amy Adams and Henry Cavill more in this film than I did in Man of Steel, but trust me that isn’t saying much. That is all I’m going to say on them.
Some of the props were pretty awesome and deserve to be mentioned as well. The Smoke bombs with aerosol kryptonite was genius. How that was incorporated into the fight scene between Batman and Superman (and eventually Doomsday) was perfect. Finally getting to see a little of that “Worlds Greatest Detective” title paying off. I also have to admit liked this version of the batmobile more than the previous one we had for Christian Bale’s Batman. This one just felt more slick and agile, it felt more like the Batmobile to me. We can’t talk about props with out bring up the kryptonite staff, it was pretty important in the end, although I’m not sure why Batman just left it behind for Lois to dispose of. My favorite props in the movie though, were all of Wonder Woman’s props! All of them! The shield, the whip, the sword, her bracelets of submission, all of them amazing!
Outside of enjoying little bits of character development, some fun new toys and some good fight scenes, there just wasn’t much that I wanted to invest in. Things just keep taking me out of the story. For example, there never is a real reason why Lex Luthor wants Batman and Superman to fight each other so bad. Also, how is it that not a single person noticed how unstable Lex is? I mean come on, he seemed like some awkward Riddler/Joker knock off throwing a temper tantrum. Nothing about this character made me feel like he was the big bad villain we expect Lex Luthor to be. Plus, considering he is the one who gives us Doomsday, the character should have been better expressed. I mean come on its Lex Luthor for crying out loud. Ugh whatever.
Just a heads up for any villain out there, if they want to beat Batman all they need to do is say one name, Martha. Apparently Martha is to Batman, what kryptonite is to Superman. So unconvincing in the moment, yes I get why it was done that way, no I don’t need it explained. It was still lame, I don’t care what anyone says, it was a horrible way to end such a good fight. Yet oddly enough, that made more sense than the end of the big fight with Doomsday. Superman flying with a spear made of kryptonite was the biggest “what the fuck” moment of the movie. Did Zack Snyder forget that superman looses his abilities when he is near this green rock? I mean it’s only the most memorable parts of Superman’s story. I dare say kryptonite is more widely known than any of the villains in the Superman universe. Sure people might not know its call kryptonite, but everyone knows the green rock is bad for Superman. How the hell did you mess that up?
It’ll be interesting to see where things go from here, I don’t like how this movie made Lex Luthor seem like one of Batman’s villains, but there is still so much possibility for what is to come next. It was a small bit, but I really hope to see something in future films that have to do with the Robin costume that Joker had written on. Please let that happen somewhere!!! Overall, the movie wasn’t a total waist, there was some entertaining parts if you don’t try to focus to hard on the story. It is worth seeing in the theater, the big screen is where this movie should be experienced. I’m positive this will not have the same feel on a tv screen as it does on the big screen. Honestly though, lets be real, if you are a comic book fan or even just a fan of comic book movies you have to see this film. At the end of the day, it is the two biggest super heroes in a movie together. You just have to watch it.
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