Last night I had the opportunity to see Zack Sndyer’s ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.’ There have obviously been mixed reviews, with true DC fans loving the film and critics giving less than spectacular reviews.
I have to first start off by saying that I am a true DC fan, so I am a little biassed on the subject. With that being said, I can see where critics felt the film was lacking. I appreciate Jesse Eisenberg trying to bring a fresh take to the character of Lex Luthor but I don’t feel that it came across well. At one point during the film, my girlfriend (who knows very little about comics or these types of movies) asked if he was actually The Joker.. His character came across as a nerdy, twitchy, borderline sociopath. And not the confident world leader sociopath that we come to know.
Doomsday was disappointing as well. The CGI was subpar at best. I had anticipated he and Superman would really go at it more, based on the comic.
Now that we got the negatives out of the way, lets move on to the positives. Outside of a few let downs, I thought this film was fantastic. Easily one of the best superhero movies out there. I believe Snyder accomplished exactly what he set out to. Create a hero film that sets up future hero films in the DCEU, while also being the complete opposite of Marvel.
Henry Cavill’s performance as Superman was amazing. He captured the continuing evolution of Superman as a hero, struggling with his choices and the cost of the choices he has to make. The character had a wider range of emotions and you could feel that he was a tormented soul.
Ben Affleck definitely will make for an amazing Batman. One thing people have to realize is this wasn’t an origin story or a “Batman film.” We are only introduced to a couple aspects of his psyche and how he is dealing with the events of what happened in Metropolis via ‘Man of Steel.’ But this movie has definitely made me excited to see Affleck go head to head with Jared Leto in a new Batman film.
Gal Gadot surprised me as Wonder Woman. I wasn’t expecting much, but when she arrived on the scene. It was amazing, she reminded me of the Marvel hero Thor, in the sense that she is a warrior. In the face of what fans know as one of the most feared villains in the DC universe, she’s knocked down, smirks and shakes her head, as if to say, “You’re gonna give me a bit of a challenge huh big fella…?”
Overall, Batman v Superman will go down as one of the better Superhero movies ever made. I am excited for the future of the DCEU. This different take on a comic film, will keep the hero universe from being over-saturated.