In the aftermath of Superman and General Zod’s battle over Metropolis in “Man of Steel,” sister cities Metropolis and Gotham are still picking up the pieces almost two years later. Now, goverment leaders try to make sense of this new world where aliens with strange powers live among them.
Despite playing a key role in the destruction of Metropolis, some people see Superman (Henry Cavill) as a super-powered savior who intervenes whenever innocent life is in danger. Others however, view him as an unchecked alien menace who is not accountable to anyone and as a possible threat to humanity.
One of Superman’s biggest critics is Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), who is convinced the Man of Steel is both a magnet for otherworldly threats as well as a liability, should the Kryptonian ever turn on the people of Earth. As show in the opening moments of the film, Bruce suffered a personal loss in the battle for Metropolis, and ever since, his Batman has turned even more ruthless than ever before.
After seeing Batman’s brutality on display, Superman determines that Batman’s choice to operate outside of the law does more harm than good, and vows to put an end to Gotham’s vigilante. However, as Batman and Superman prepare for a showdown, a major new threat is rising.
“Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” is a very grimm film that spends a lot of time establishing this DC world. For the first big chunk of the movie we get to see how Superman’s arrival has affected everyone from regular people, to politicians, to vigilantes, to sociopathic tech moguls. So for those hoping that a significant portion of the film’s is dedicated to the Bats vs supes fight, you might be dissapointed.
But to be fair, director Zack Snyder didn’t have an easy task: introduce the world to new versions of three iconic characters (Batman, Wonder Woman, and Lex Luthor), explore their ideological differences and similarities, and set the table for all future DC film installments.
Although I had problems with the film’s pacing at times, I thought Zack Snyder did a pretty damn good job all things considered. Dawn of Justice delivers on the action and the emotional stuff. I get why Batman is so pissed at Superman. I also get why Superman is conflicted about his role in the world. And I understand why the goverment is apprehensive about trusting Superman.
As far as the acting goes, Henry Cavill delivers another solid performance as Superman, but at times it did feel like he was playing a third wheel to Batman and Wonder Woman. Cavill was just not given enough to do, and sometimes he seemed even more depressed than Bruce Wayne. But his more low key scenes with his mom and Lois were pretty damn good.
And what of Ben Affleck’s aged Dark Knight? Well, belive it or not, he could be the best and most exciting Batman ever. He’s brutal, intimidating, and scary. My only problem with this Dark Knight was the fact that he’s basically a serial killer. But, its hinted that he’s been through hell and back, so maybe that’s why he’s a bit crazy at times.
Regardless of that, I want a Batman solo movie now, not two or three years from now. I want to see what led this Batman down this path, i want to see more of his world. Oh yeah, and Jeremy Irons as Alfred? Perfect casting.
I’m gonna skip talking about Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor because I still don’t know what to make of him. But if you like Eisenberg’s acting, I guess you’ll be happy?
Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) on the other hand, steaks the movie– both as Diana Prince and as a fully-armored amazonian warrior. She got the loudest cheer from the audience, and its easy to tell she’ll be a fan favorite when her movie arrives next year.
Do I wish Wonder Woman been in BvS more? Sure I do as do many others., But I understand why they limited her screen time. Plus it makes me excited to see her solo movie, so basically, the tease worked.
2013’s “Man of Steel” was an incredibly divisive film. It was one fo those movies that you either loved or hated. I for one, enjoyed a different take on Superman, and even named “Man of Steel” one of my favorite movies that year.
Anyways, its clear that “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” is even more controversial than its predecessor. Critics hate the movie, but that’s not really surprising. And even fans who didn’t like the movie, went to see it.
Did I have some issues with the movie? Yes I did. BvS could have been shorter, and the script could have used a polish. The pace could have been a little smoother too. But at the end of the day, Dawn of Justice did a good job of introducing new versions of favorite charcters, and it made me excited to see what is coming next.
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” final score: 8