Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice tells the story of Batman’s fears Superman’s actions are left unchecked, so he Batman takes on the man of steel while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new threat, Doomsday, is created by Lex Luthor. It’s up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences along with Wonder Woman to stop Lex Luthor and Doomsday from destroying Metropolis.
Even if you went into this film with absolutely no expectations, you’d still be utterly disappointed and almost fall asleep multiple times like I did. And before you ask, I went to a 2pm showing so there wasn’t an excuse of there being a late showing. It was just an overtly action-packed snooze-fest where the fight scenes made you tired and wondering when it was all going to end.
I was always a bit skeptical about this film and the runtime way too long for what it needed as it seemed the plot seemed like it didn’t know where it was going. Taking two of the most well known DC superheroes and pinning them against each other seemed a little gimmicky, giving the first signs of hesitations in going into the film. It was quite obvious that director Zack Snyder was trying to stuff too many things into this film but with so many things happening at once, this was bound to happen, though, it was as hardly as overstuffed as Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The opening sequence was very reminiscent of Snyder’s previous work in Watchmen as we then lead onto the previous events of Man of Steel but from the perspective of Batman. This moment is done relatively well and this build up of tension is definitely felt and probably one of the only times of the film where this happens, save for the closing scenes of the film during and after the fight between Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman against the evil creation of Lex Luthor.
Gal Gadot’s casting as Wonder Woman was definitely one of the best casting choices for this new series of DC films, apart from the glimpse of Jason Momoa’s Aquaman we got. She owns this role and has the presence of the character she portrays. Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor was an interesting casting choice but still yet to be entirely convinced. He did bring his own interpretation to the character as a creepy devil like character and he might still prove his worth in the films to come as he’s an amazing actor in his own right. The same is with Batfleck (sorry not sorry). He’s definitely not as good as Christian Bale’s incarnation but that trilogy was a landmark for the character’s of Gotham.
Though Henry Cavill is one of my favourite incarnations of Superman in this darker universe, nothing can beat out the cheesiness of Christopher Reeve’s version that got more ridiculous as his films progressed. Cavill needs to reach beyond the distraught and pained expression he has been playing to death in these past two films. He physically represents the role but needs to work a little harder on his personification of his character.
These two films have done very well in kickstarting their own universe much like their competition in Marvel has after a few false starts in the Green Hornet and Green Lantern.
In saying all this, however, it was a step up from it’s predecessor Man of Steel but still failed to show any significant improvement.