Genre: action, adventure, Sci-Fi
Duration: 151 min
Director: Zack Snyder
Writers: Chris Terrio, David S. Goyer, Bob Kane (Batman creator), Bill Finger (Batman creator), Jerry Siegel (Superman creator), Joe Shuster (Superman creator)
Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Gal Gadot, Scoot McNairy, Callan Mulvey, Lauren Cohan
Rated PG 13
I saw Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) in yet another packed theater at United Artists in Forest Hills, Queens (NY). It was not the opening night, yet it seemed so considering the excitement of my fellow moviegoers. The audience consisted mainly of hardcore comic book fans literally cheering and applauding throughout the movie. Yet with all the buildup in the theater, and on social media, and TV, and online, and basically everywhere you looked, the movie fell flat out on its face.
The movie is the second installment of DC’s superhero movies and picks up after Man of Steel (2013). It features Batman and Superman (duh), the ever present and master manipulator Lex Luthor, introduces Wonder Woman and gives us a glimpse into Aquaman, Cyborg, and the Flash.
In some respects it is similar to Captain America: Civil War, in that superhero/s, create a lot of damage on their way to save the world, but the similarity ends here. Unlike Civil War, this plot line is not improved upon. We are met with another Batman reboot, but this time sharing the screen with his new sidekick/nemesis, Superman.
I’m not sure where to begin. If you abandon all logic, have seen all Batman and Superman movies ever made, love fight scenes and are determined to enjoy yourself, you will like this movie. Yes, it is a lot to ask. Luckily, after Man of Steel, I had very low expectations so I was able to enjoy it.
I was incredibly excited for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), especially for the introduction of Wonder Woman, which to be honest, was the only thing about the movie that did not disappoint. Unfortunately, it was a mess of a movie from special effects and CGI (Doomsday looked like I troll straight out of Lord of the Rings) to plot and character development, to pure lack of logic.
Batman’s aggression and motivation to kill Superman was not well laid out, as well as people’s distrust for Superman that leads him into trouble, but which is not well addressed either. Overall the characters did not seem to be themselves, changing major traits that made them likable in the first place. One of my friends accurately nicknamed them “BatTrump” and “EmoSup.” Why does Lex hate Superman? We will never know. Not in this movie. Also, the bonding scene between Batman and Superman will most likely make you laugh out loud.
It seemed like the viewer was already supposed to know WHY everything was going on as it was, but how could that be possible since this is only a second installment, and it was the first ever Batman/Batfleck introduction? Like the viewer was supposed to make some assumptions about what was going on, but even so, the plot is not salvageable. Especially with out of place scenes, such as the dreams that Batman has that are completely confusing.
With many, many WTF instances, it’s one of those movies that makes you wonder if the studio people even watched the movie before they released it. Batman v Superman was supposed to be a setup, a roll out for the whole DC Universe, instead, it felt more like we were dropped right in the middle of the action, with no notion of beginning.
With that said, Batman’s battle scenes were pretty cool to watch and the climax of the movie was Wonder Woman’s pop up which got full on applause from my fellow moviegoers. Her soundtrack was pretty awesome and catchy too. The sets are beautifully done. Henry Cavill is not bad to look at, at all. That’s pretty much the extent of what’s enjoyable in this movie.
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