Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg
Directed by Zack Snyder
Rating: B

Batman’s got some beef with the new superhero in the next town over, but what gives Batman the right to get angry when he takes justice into his own hands?

Superman (Cavill) got a lot of flack for destroying Metropolis during his fight with Zod in Man of Steel. Lives were lost and buildings crumbled; some people think he’s a hero and others don’t. The government wants Superman to take responsibility for his actions, and they’re not happy that they don’t have control over him.

Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne (Affleck) keeps a close eye on Lex Luthor (Eisenberg) and a certain harmful piece of kryptonite that was found. Wayne and Luthor both have an idea on how to stop Superman.

When two world’s collide, such as the worlds of Metropolis and Gotham, the storyline can get a little bloated. It takes a little time to adjust to the idea of Batman in Superman’s world. Both are good guys, but why do they have to fight each other? They see each other as threats because their ethical codes differ. Yet, a common enemy turns their feelings aside and helps them work together.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was a good introduction of easing viewers into the suggestion of a larger superhero movie. We get a glimpse of Wonder Woman, but her role was almost insignificant. While her character may have had a small role not to overwhelm audiences with too many characters, there was an expectation she would do more. In addition, there is Luthor’s encrypted files which suggest other superheroes such as the Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg, whose 20-second screen-time was a tease. Of course, this is just to lead up to a future Justice League movie.

Getting back to Dawn of Justice, it was entertaining and fun, but missed the mark of possibly being one of the best movies of the year. Its problems? Too slow and too many scenes that easily could have been cut out. One scene I had an issue with was watching Bruce Wayne’s nightmares. There is one so insignificant, it could have been cut out and not altered the movie at all. I’m talking about the scene where Batman finds himself in an apocalyptic-type world and Superman has him strung up. The whole sequence was ridiculous and had me confused.

Despite the excess of characters and build-up to the inevitable Batman v Superman fight, the movie kept me interested to see what would happen next. Luthor was an interesting character, a little too nutty for what I had in mind of his character, but he furthered the plot and was important to the story.

So, while Dawn of Justice was far from perfect, it was a good stand for the DC comic movies. It certainly answers the question the Marvel movies are leading up to ask: what does the world think when innocent lives are lost due to superheroes actions?


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