Finally got around to watching Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and since there was so much crap that went on in the movie, I am now rushing to get my thoughts down before I irretrievably lose them. In a nutshell, thought it was OKAY, had some good ideas, just wasn’t put together in the best possible manner. I did like it more than Avengers: Age of Ultron though, so that’s saying something.
Batman V Superman, starred Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter and Gal Gadot The film was written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer and Directed by Zack Snyder.
[IMdB] Fearing the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the man of steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new threat, Doomsday, is created by Lex Luthor. It’s up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences along with Wonder Woman to stop Lex Luthor and Doomsday from destroying Metropolis.
Not one to beat around the bush, I’ll jump right in to what I liked and didn’t like, and in no particular order. Let me state now that [SPOILERS] are ahead, so if you have not watched the film yet, turn around now, go watch it then come back and let me here what you thought of the film.
- [Ben Affleck]
I will be one of the first to admit that I was one of the many millions who cried out in pure terror when it was announced that Affleck would be donning the cowl and becoming Batman, so soon after Christian Bale’s very acceptable portrayal. Don’t get me wrong, I love Affleck, love his movies (for the most part), his acting, etc. I have NOTHING against Affleck. I just didn’t have the ‘vision’ of seeing him as Batman. After this afternoon’s viewing however, I stand happily proven wrong!
Affleck nailed the role both as Batman and as an older Bruce Wayne and I am more than just a little excited at seeing what Affleck does with the Dark Knight moving forward. Was he better than Bale? Many didn’t like Bale as Batman, I for one very much accepted Christian Bale in the role. I liked him better than all past Batman’s (including Micheal Keaton) and didn’t think anyone could convincingly replace him, until now. Mr. Affleck, the cape and cowl ARE YOURS!
- [Gal Gadot]
I love getting proved wrong, and like Affleck above, I was less than amused at casting Gal Gadot as the Amazonian warrior, Wonder Woman. Again, nothing to do with Gadot’s acting ability (I liked her character in the Fast & Furious films), nor her looks (she’s stunning and extremely easy on the eyes so no qualms there), but she just didn’t fit my PERSONAL vision of Wonder Woman from the comics. But despite her ‘looks’, she was one of the ‘breakout’ characters in Batman V Superman and I can’t wait to see her star in the Wonder Woman solo film next year (2017).
- [Jeremy Irons]
Jeremy Irons is a great actor. Loved him in Die Hard With a Vengeance, and the voice of SCAR in the Lion King, and he played a most respected Alfred in Batman V Superman. Besides acting as Bruce Wayne’s trusted assistant/butler, in BvS, he was also the ‘handyman’ of sorts, which made for some small laughs in the film. One minute he’s working on Batman’s voice synthesizer in his Bat Suit and the next minute you see him tinkering under the hood of the Batmobile. I couldn’t help but to chuckle at Alfred’s ‘additional’ chores around the Bat cave.
One of the several ‘opening scenes’ in the Batman V Superman Movie revolved around the events that occurred at the ending third of Man of Steel. In this scene, the World Engine, deployed by General Zod, hovers above Metropolis, as its powerful gravity-altering beams violently pulverize the city. The opening sequence in the Batman V Superman movie takes us back to this moment, but from different street level points of view, as we watch Bruce Wayne frantically race to save as many of his employees as he can amid the destruction. The images were a painful reminder at the chaos and horror experienced by Metropolis during the battle between Zod and Superman and helps to us to understand the pain and anger experienced by Bruce Wayne.
To state my own personal opinion, Doomsday is one of the items in the film, I thought it could do without. I would of preferred a straight forward fight between Batman and Superman, but I understand the ‘unifying’ purpose of having a ‘Doomsday’ threat in the movie. That being said, I thought the fight involving Doomsday and the super trio of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman relatively satisfying. The fight was heavy CGI (computer graphics), which in this case was probably pretty necessary, but it was choreographed well, with each hero contributing to the defeat of the super powered abomination.
- [Batman] The fight scene highlights for me however, all involved Batman. Disclaimer – I had just finished watching a most tremendous, Daredevil Season 2 series on Netflix, which heavily influenced what I witnessed this afternoon watching Batman in action. ‘Street-level’ hero action for me anyways, will ALWAYS TRUMP, what CGI movie makers put together for more super-powered characters, Street level action is more ‘grounded in reality’ and believable and Batman in the film performed this masterfully. His brawl with the thugs holding Martha Kent, remains for me, the best fight scene in the film.
Throughout the film, Bruce Wayne had a number of strange and vividly real dreams, with some dreams rehashing memories of him as a child and the loss of his parents, to others, more clairvoyant-like, with him witnessing images from what looked like possible futures. The dream segments were fun and interesting to watch, but at times seemed confusing and with no real explanation as to WHY he was having this visions, it all seemed like a bizarre piece of storytelling. I both liked and disliked these.
I mentioned above and I’ll state one more time, Ben Affleck nailed the role of Bruce Wayne and Batman and I will happily admit that although I had MAJOR doubts that he could pull it off, Affleck came through in the clutch. I can’t wait to see more down the line.
- [Jesse Eisenberg]
Jesse – I loved you in The Social Network, Zombieland, Now You See Me, and Rio. But I hated your portrayal of Lex Luthor in Batman V Superman. We can’t win everything and this time, I think you’ve met your match. I don’t blame you however, I blame whomever had cast you in the role, because it was not the role for you. And even then, it wasn’t your fault for the simple fact that the character Lex Luthor, was written horribly. What was he supposed to be? A genius, mastermind or a coo coo bird deserved of a padded cell at Arkham? The character was all wrong and unfortunately since you were cast in the role, you will take the brunt of the pain. Perhaps after having shaved those locks off your head, you will return, BETTER and BADDER than ever? Here’s hoping!
- [Amy Adams]Yep, Lois Lane, you have officially outlived your welcome. I couldn’t stand Lois in this film. She was tolerable in Man of Steel, but a nuissance and bother in Batman V Superman. Always getting into trouble, getting into harms way, and requiring help from Superman (who by the way, was ALWAYS TUNED IN to when she was in distress no matter where on the planet she was – don’t get me started). Yep, Lois Lane, I think you have officially played your part, time to bid your farewell.
There were some good strong moments and scenes peppered throughout the film, but the whole thing seemed like patchwork, and didn’t flow right somehow, I can’t explain it. Images and events were all over the place and everything seemed rushed (not surprisingly).
I’m not sure why the DC universe feels the need to play catch up to Marvel? This whole back and forth between the two comic book giants seems unnecessary. This is a marathon not a sprint. marvel did it right building up their characters through individual origin-building films like THOR, Iron Man and Captain America, before bringing them all together in Avengers. DC should of done the same, but instead, we get some brief (though awesome) glimpses of various other DC Comics heroes like The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg and the promise that next year, when we get the team film Justice League, we will get hastily introduced to perhaps more.
Slow it down DC, you HAVE THE TIME to do this right!
I liked Batman V Superman more than Marvel’s The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, though I think (and have always thought), that Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War will be the best comic book film of 2016, with Deadpool a close second. I don’t think Batman V Superman deserved the low grade currently listed on Rotten Tomatoes either. It wasn’t great, it wasn’t good, but it was OKAY and could of been better.
My advice, judge for yourself. Go see it on the big screen, don’t pay attention to what friends and family or the Web say and form your own opinion. Go see the film!