Batman V Superman Review (Spoiler Free)

“Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.”

After years of hype, the greatest gladiator match, Batman vs Superman has finally made it to the big screen in the form of an over the top blockbuster. With huge action sequences and beautifully shot cinematography, it is a treat to look at. However the movie is only just good, not great and feels like a lot of lost potential.

The story begins after Man of Steel and deals with the aftermath of Supermans battle with General Zod. Due to the destruction of Metropolis during this event, and another incident that happens at the beginning of the movie, the world is torn on whether they need Superman or not. At the same time, an older Bruce Wayne sees the Metropolis branch of Wayne Tower destroyed and blames Superman. The underlying conflict between the two starts early on and both heroes are given ample reason to not like each other.

batman-v-superman-dawn-of-justice_bb788b6fWhen Ben Affleck was originally announced for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman, he was met with an overwhelmingly negative response. I can confidently say however that Ben Afflecks Dark Knight is the greatest portrayal of the character, surpassing even Michael Keaton. He is convincing as an aging batman, nearing the end of his career. I only wish they explored the Batman lore some more. Henry Cavill also brings his A game as a struggling Superman. My biggest beef with Man of Steel was that there wasn’t a lot of Character development for Clark, but that is corrected in this movie.  Gal Gadot as Wonder-Woman is mysterious for most of the movie, and when she does appear in costume, she steals the show! After seeing her in this movie, I am very excited for her own movie coming in 2017.

The story itself poses many philosophical questions, but never really follows through with them. The tone of Batman V Superman is similar to Man of Steels, but works a lot better for this movie. The story itself feels rushed and the transitioning between scenes is really questionable. Some of the scenes never flow together, a notable example is the Knightmare sequence, and it really feels like the movie was chopped up in lieu of the release of the extended version later this year. My biggest wish for this movie was that they had released the full R-Rated extended cut in theaters, because it never really feels complete. With that being said, this movie does justice by DC comic fans. Each scene feels like it has leaped out of the pages of a comic book and every character is represented faithfully. This is not a marvel movie, and you are made sure of that at the beginning. The action sequences are crafted beautifully and  worth the price of an admission ticket. The spectacles are huge and the face off between Batman and Superman keeps you on the edge of your seat. While this film leaves a lot to be desired, it feels as if it has leaped off of the pages of a comic book and DC comic fans should feel satisfied with this blockbuster.

Below is my list of Pros and Cons of the Movie:

Pros

  • Ben Affleck as Batman
  • Beautiful Opening
  • Knightmare Sequence
  • Amazing dialogue and cinematography
  • Armored Batman looks amazing
  • A LOT of Easter eggs for DC fans
  • Amazing end battle
  • Justice League set up
  • Wonder Woman.

Cons

  • Only 1 actual fight scene between Batman and Superman, pretty short
  • Questionable transitions
  • Batman lore is under explored
  • Movie trailers gave away a lot of the film
  • Misleading advertising

Overall the movie is good. it sets up the Justice League well but leaves fans wanting more during the movie. The tone works, but it leaves me hoping that Warner Brothers chooses a different director for Justice League. if you are a comic book fan, or just a fan of big blockbusters in general I recommend you watch this movie in theaters.

Overall Score: 67%

 

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