Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
After the events in the Man of Steel, the whole world is fearful of what Superman’s (Henry Cavill) presence might mean in the long run. Is he all “good” or will he eventually turn evil? When a large chunk of kryptonite is found in the Indian Ocean, Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) plans to have a weapon ready in case Superman turns against humanity, but when he is denied access to the green rock, Lex turns to criminal means. All the while, in Gotham City, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) is watching what unfolds with Superman and is convinced that he must be stopped by any means necessary.
After watching BvS, my initial impression isn’t very good. First of all, my gut reaction is to compare this to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and tear this movie to shreds for trying to do something that Marvel has managed to achieve in 8 years with over 15 movies. Sure, Man of Steel was the starting point as Iron Man was for Marvel, but BvS is like going straight to The Avengers before we saw Thor, Captain America or Iron Man 2. This is rushed and we all know why! DC is trying to do what Marvel did and is failing They don’t have a plan with these characters and we can all tell! Marvel used entire movies to develop what DC tries to do in a scene or two and its obvious that nothing flows well.
The second reaction I had to BvS was how it was compared to other Batman and Superman movies, and again I wasn’t very impressed. I think Henry Cavill plays a pretty good Superman so you won’t hear any complaints for me in that regard, but Ben Affleck as Batman, really? Ok, I’ll admit he is a good Bruce Wayne, but when he is Batman, he is no better than Clooney was. You can obviously tell it’s Ben Affleck and for the most part I didn’t feel like I was watching “Batman.” I especially didn’t feel like I was watching Batman when he was wearing that metal suit. He looks ridiculous and he sure as hell wasn’t acting like Batman. However, during the last 30 minutes of the movie, during the giant fight, Affleck reminded me of the Adam West Batman. He relies on gadgets and quickness rather than brute force like we are use to seeing. I think this movie needed Christian Bale to be Batman for us to believe they are linking the universe. I still don’t feel like I was watching “Batman,” but oh well.
Putting all the expectations aside, judging BvS as simply a movie is quite involved. First off, why on Earth did the writers think we wanted to see a movie about Batman wanting to kill Superman? Sure, an argument can be made that Marvel is about to put out the Civil War movie where Captain America is squaring off against Iron Man, but seriously, who thought it was a good idea to make Batman a prejudicial racist. Batman wants to kill Superman because he might turn bad. He says that Gotham has been burned before by “promises” that end up turning bad in the long run. So what I’m understanding is that Batman wants to kill an “alien from outer space” because he might do something evil. Batman is about justice! He is my favorite DC hero and they turned him into a racist (well Speciest, but you get the idea). I was not happy at all!
Another thing I hated about Batman is the metal suit he wears when fighting Superman. Seriously? That isn’t Batman! Batman doesn’t wear metal suits that make him look like a cross between a gargoyle and Iron Man. I can say that when he is out of that metal suit, he resembles Batman in an ok way, but that was about the time I knew this movie was crap. Let’s talk about Wonder Woman now! The one part of the movie that many people have said was done right is the addition of Gal Gadot, but she is only relevant at the very end! Throughout the movie she appears randomly at different locations sticking out like a sore thumb. She is trying to be sneaky but is obviously something more and the writers do nothing to keep her a mystery! She should have been more of a major player from the beginning (or just had her own movie.) Something to pondering on… since when are Gotham and Metropolis bay cities? I didn’t realize that they were so close that they could be confused with San Francisco and Oakland. Really, who knew! All these years, Batman and Superman were doing their thing and they were right next to each other! I’m rolling my eyes as I type this. Something else to ponder on… why does Superman know exactly when Lois is in trouble, but didn’t know his mother was being kidnapped? Stupid!
The only positive moments in this movie are from Jesse Eisenberg and the giant fight at the end. Jesse plays an excellent crazy man as Lex Luthor, and I only wish that Heath Ledger was around to be along side him as the Joker in what could be the craziest pair ever! I wonder why there were no Batman villains in this movie. Maybe they read the script ahead of time…
At the end of the day, this movie was ruined by having Batman become a racist who wants Superman dead. Marvel paved the way for their cinematic universe and DC is trying to bust in on the scene and shout “I’m here!” The only problem is Marvel did it right and DC is rushing everything! Nothing is developed. Nothing is fun. Nothing is exciting. Everyone is left confused and uninterested in the heroes. If you must see this movie, wait and watch it on Blu-Ray. For now, I’m going to watch Michael Keaton! Co-starring Amy Adams, Jermy Irons, Holly Hunter, Laurence Fishburne, Callan Mulvey, Diane Lane, and Scoot McNairy.
5/10 Stars – DC is trying to play catch-up to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and they are floundering with uninteresting characters, bad scripts and lack luster ideas. This is a movie that is only good 1/5 of the time… the last 30 minutes!