(Movie Review) Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice


Release date: March 25, 2016
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Zack Snyder
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action throughout, and some sensuality)
Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Gal Gadot, Lauren Cohan, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Genre: Action, Adventure
OK fellow comic nerds, it’s the moment you (and I) have been waiting on! The cinematic throw down between two of the biggest icons in comic book history. It’s the start of the Justice League movie comic fans world wide have been clamoring for for forever.The hype machine has never been hotter and after seeing the film all I can say is, meh, it’s OK. That’s right, I said it ! The savior of post Nolan DC movies is just alright.

My failure to see this as a triumph in DC’s attempt to catch up with Marvel’s insane money making machine is that it is too crowded as a first effort. One too many focuses hurt this film. Superhero movies have that issue from time to time and it’s never good. I do always bear in mind that they’re trying to tell a lot of stories quickly (just look at the release slate for their upcoming Justice League roster individual movies) so go big or go home may be a factor. But, this thoroughly harms the feel of the film. An over abundance of CGI character moments also detract from the more gritty vibe that DC seems to be sticking with.

What I did like was the casting of the major roles. Affleck is awesome as a very Frank Miller-esque Batman. He’s just has no mercy on the bad guys and I love it. He will not hesitate to resort to extreme violence which is how anyone constantly in the presence of that type of evil would be twisted. His fighting style is also the best I’ve seen of any Batman iteration. He just nailed it for me. Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel is decent once again but Superman is a boring character in general so it’s not complex to play him. But again, he fits the bill. Wonder Woman’s slow introduction in to the movie was the right way to go. It allowed her to have her moments without over burdening the movie with too many good guys. Gal Gadot is the big boobed, red, white and blue clad version of Ms. Prince but dammit if she isn’t my favorite part of the hero side of things.

I liked this movie but didn’t love it. It’s flaws in length, use of villains, and at times overbearing CGI are of detriment. It’s pros of Batffleck, Gadot’s Wonder Woman, and the overall hysteria it caused in me as far as future connected projects are concerned are enough to outweigh my complaints. I left the theater a little underwhelmed by this film but jazzed up with visions of things to come.