I went out to watch “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” last Friday and although it had its less than reassuring moments, I, however, do not agree with the critics completely. If anything, I only agree with them 13% on what they said about the film in sites like Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and PluggedIn. I also agree with the fans, Zack Snyder did not put to good use with his time filming this movie and, especially convoluted was the script. It’s a shame to put three of the greatest DC Comics characters on the big screen together and miss out on the subplots – even for someone who made good with “300” and “Watchmen” this was unforgivable.
But let us break it down and see where it all went right and where it all turned sour.
The Good Points
1. They showed us the benefits and disadvantages of having a Superman around
– This is where the critics complained about the movie, because it was too political and ideological which was not really needed. However, I think it was necessary to bring that up as that is what the human race (or at least its minority) would do if, in case, a real life alien that’s as powerful as Superman ever appeared here on Earth. Most people will embrace the alien, but those who fear will lose their power on the geopolitical arena, because this alien can do whatever he wants that he thinks will benefit the people, will hate him. And true enough it did in the form of Lex Luthor. It threatens their existence as a global player.
2. Luthor was important in the plot and Jesse Eisenberg delivered
– Jesse Eisenberg was criticized not because of his performance, but rather his age. Unfortunately, these critics did not read the comic books and in the new stories of Superman, Lex and Clark were actually friends since childhood, so it would make sense to cast a younger Luthor since we also have a younger Superman. Lex was pure evil there was no question about that and is also a sociopath too! Eisenberg brought that out for us in the movie and it was fantastic! And if you ever had any doubts just remember who Superman hates and doesn’t trust in all of the DC Comics Universe – yes, that’s right! It’s the man himself, Alexander Luthor.
3. Affleck’s Batman was the best ever as far as staying true to the source material is concerned
– Ben’s Bruce Wayne and Batman were portrayed in the best ways possible; I hate to admit it but his Batman was a little better than Christian Bale’s Batman or any other Batman that have come before. But don’t hate me just yet because I’ll point out a few things about why the new Batman is the best. 1) The costume is the one we’ve been waiting for all our lives. It’s got the gray and the black, it’s bulletproof, has tons of gadgets in it and it’s just overall awesome. 2) Batman is definitely stronger than any human to do the things he did in the movie and he should, because that’s how he is in the comic books! His martial arts skills were way beyond any Batman has ever shown in cinematic history before. 3) Bruce Wayne’s detective skills was shown in the most impressive and cool way, and Ben in those long coats just killed it as Bruce Wayne. 4) He doesn’t hold back anymore. Oh no, if Batman was scary before, this Batman is like a wild predator with lots of teeth and will have no reservations about tearing his prey limb from limb. I think even Superman was afraid of him when he finally brought him down to mortal level.
4. Superman was vulnerable to the choices he makes just as much as every other human being
– Luthor got to Clark’s mom and forced Superman to become the monster that everybody feared he would be one day. Superman told Lois that “nobody stays good in this world…” which by all indications our vulnerability will ultimately be the choices we make even if sometimes we are left with none. There in that moment Lex showed him that even someone who has a god-like power cannot win in an unfavorable situation and be helpless. I think that’s the soul of the movie that the famous Kevin Smith was trying to find a few days ago.
5. Wonder Woman made a huge entrance which was perfect
– Gal Gadot’s workout paid off and despite criticisms from the fans, she was decently busty in the film; or maybe it was just the lighting and angle of the shots during her fight scenes, but she did good. I never thought of Princess Diana would resort to espionage to get information that she needs, I mean; she’s an Amazon for crying out loud! I think she’d rather punch her way through to get what she wants, but maybe Zack meant for that to happen just so he could make Batman and Wonder Woman meet and they somehow founded the Justice League and probably ended up being lovers somewhere along the way. It’s expected as Diana did fell for Bruce in the comic books. I’ll let this one pass and not be so hard on Snyder. Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman was not like the comic books or TV series. She enjoyed fighting Doomsday like it was some big game hunting for her and the mystical lasso and bracelets were also amazing. Gadot was hot in her Wonder Woman suit if you consider that a bonus.
6. The battle scenes were good
– Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman taking on Doomsday was a spectacular movie battle scene in all its magnificent glory. Warner Bros. certainly put their money where their mouth is when they promised fans that Batman v Superman would be a good film; and they did not disappoint. Fans had memorized the battle scenes in the comic books, but when they saw it translated into live action film – it just blew them away!
Where I Agree with the Critics
• The plot was a mess (especially the subplots)
– Well, this one hits the spot. First off Doomsday could create an energy surge enough to take out 5 – 10 city blocks and yet between Gothom and Metropolis no one (yes, that’s right, zero) people got hurt which was odd considering both cities would house 20 – 30 million people easily. But I get, yes; we don’t want to see Superman kill any more people like he did it in “Man of Steel.” Then people just want to find an excuse to blame Superman for everything, but completely ignores his heroic efforts when he saves people from floods or burning buildings. Can you believe it? They blamed him for all those people who got “shot” by guns. Duh? Superman doesn’t need a gun to kill people. And my favorite part is when Lex showed Senator Finch that Kryptonite can affect Kryptonians, but later on he had to asked permission to access the dead body of General Zod. It still left me scratching my head, because how could he have done what he did if he did not have access to the dead Kryptonian body?
• The tone was too dark
– Chris Nolan’s Batman Trilogy was dark but I certainly remember some funny moments in some scenes; this one, however, is so sad that you will not only be able to connect with the characters it will leave you feeling sorry for them for living in a broken world. That’s actually unrealistic even with today’s standards for realism, I mean, we’ve far lesser tragedies and wars and genocide compared to the world of Batman v Superman and they don’t know how to have a little fun? No way!
• Zero funny moments
– Okay, I get it that Warner Bros. and DC Comics want to create an original and unique movie quality and it the reason why they stay away from light-hearted and child-friendly Marvel/Disney films; however, what may have set them apart from the others might have just isolated them too! Personally, I think that movie dynamics will have to involve certain high and low emotions in order to draw the audience in; without it, the movie itself will just be a boring thing to watch no matter how many superstars or, in this case, superheroes (icons for more than half a century) you stuff under your payroll.
• The whole story was anchored in the Man of Steel movie
– Perhaps the most disappointing thing about Batman v Superman movie was the producers of the film weren’t quite sure whether this is a standalone movie that will introduce the Justice League film (in my opinion they should have gone on this path); or make it a sequel to the Man of Steel movie. In the wake of this movie’s almost failure (we’re getting updates lately that it dropped by 60% – 80% in its second week opening in the box office), we got something that resembles a Superman movie but is being pulled in every different direction by other actors/superheroes leaving fans divested and devastated to some degree.
• Zack attempted to copy Nolan’s work
– While Snyder did good in “300” and “Watchmen” he is not Christopher Nolan yet, not by a long shot, no. The problem is that he tried to copy Nolan’s work with The Dark Knight Trilogy. At least Nolan had a sense of humor. But maybe this is just their first rodeo show, so let’s give them a chance and perhaps their next films might just work and I sincerely hope – as a hardcore fan myself – that they will succeed.
Warner Bros. spent $250 million in making the film. It earned $263,600,462 domestically and another $434,000,000 worldwide which brings it to a total of $697,600,462! This is actually a huge success considering other films like Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy which did not even made it to $1 billion in total box office earnings or “Ant-Man” which also earned less than what Batman v Superman made and it’s only been 2 weeks in theaters, so there’s still time for the film to make it to $1 billion hopefully. I think the critics just overreacted. The movie is a good take and is a cross-between a sequel and a standalone film and if there’s a genre’ I could invent for it, it will be the first of its kind to introduce another movie with huge potentials, then I would describe as so.
In case you haven’t seen the film yet, then I strongly encourage you to go to the nearest theaters in your area or even an IMAX theater and watch Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It will be worth your time and your money, I promise.