Well, judging by the surplus of posts about the movie I'm assuming everyone has now seen Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, probably the most anticipated movie of the year. Well one of them at least. In this thread we're going to discuss some of the biggest spoilers, surprises, best bits and cringeworthy moments. This won't be a review, because there are more than enough of those to go around, but just a general discussion about key aspects of the film, good or bad.
So obviously if you haven't seen the movie yet, if the title didn't give it away, there will be HUGE spoilers here. You have been warned.
Batman vs. Superman Fight
Let's kick things off with one of the better aspects of the movie, the fight! The brawl between the two heavy-weight titans is really what people came to the movies to see. As Lex Luthor put it, it's the gladiator match of the century. Day vs. night. So what did we think?
Well all in all I thought the fight was pretty good. It took a while to get to (too long) but it was almost worth the wait as Superman and Batman landed blows on one another and threw each other threw buildings. The tone was dark, as was the whole movie, but it really paid off in this scene. I like the fact that the movie didn't pull a copout with the winner. Batman is the undisputed champ by engineering a kryptonite gas that temporarily got rid of Supes' powers, and a kryptonite spear that could have delivered the death blow. As he presses his boot down on Superman's neck you can feel the tension of the scene. A lot of the scenes were delivered right out of the pages of Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, which was awesome to see come alive.
Then, in a mater of one convenient word, the gravitas of the entire fight just comes crashing down. By Superman uttering his mother's name Martha, which is also Batman's mother's name, the fight comes to a lazy, awkward end. Batman completely abandons his past plans to kill Superman because he finally realizes that the alien is just as human as he is. Ugh, what lazy writing.
When Jesse Eisenberg was announced as the next actor to play Lex Luthor the internet was in an uproar. And it now appears that maybe, they were right. I for one did not like the actor's portrayal of the supervillain, which was sporadic and quite frankly, annoying. Eisenberg portrayed Luthor like a spoiled man-child that suffered from a severe case of the jitters fueled by doing outrageous amounts of cocaine. There's a time and place to do that character, and I respect Eisenberg and Snyder for taking that chance, but it was a risk that just didn't payoff.
Mention of Other Superheroes
For me this was the weakest part of the movie. It desperately tried to work in the mention of the other heroes like Flash and Aquaman that just didn't feel organic and came across as awkward. Large parts of the film were dedicated to just setting up the Justice League which felt disjointed at times. The movie spent so much time thinking about where the franchise was going, it didn't focus enough energy on making a good film now.
The definite highlight of the movie. Everyone said "Oh no Ben Affleck as Batman! He's going to ruin it!!!" Well don't you people feel silly now after finding that Affleck was the best part of the movie? The actor's portrayal of both Bruce Wayne and Batman are spot on, delivering a very dark and gritty performance. This Batman takes care of business and unlike Nolan and Bale's interpretation he doesn't mind killing some henchmen. In fact, Batman goes ham in this movie. He must kill about 30 people! That aspect bothered me a little bit, because the character is supposed to teeter on that line between killing and not. The whole point of the Joker is to push Batman's buttons to cross that line. But other than that I loved the movie's interpretation of the character.
I was expecting a little more Wonder Woman going in so this was a little disappointing. I wasn't overly thrilled with Gal Gaddot's performance either. Yes she's very attractive, that's all very good and all but the movie didn't give us a great representation of her acting chops. It felt like her character was just sort of shoehorned in like a lot of the stuff in this already cramped movie. Hopefully we'll get a better sense of her character when her solo movie rolls around.
I wrote this post a while back about whether including Doomsday was a mistake, and I still stand behind my decision that it was. I didn't like the look, I didn't like that they changed his backstory (which was totally awesome in the comics) and I didn't like how he just kind shows up at the end of the film as a way for Batman and Superman to come together. I did like the fact that he did kill the Man of Steel, which he did in the comics, but it wasn't enough to redeem the character.
So what did you guys think?
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