Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is about the greatest, most hyped comic book fight in history. Yet it has been shot down, beaten, and laser-eyed to the death. Could it be a coincidence that BvS is an acronym one letter away from BS?
The idea of Batman throwing a hissy fit at Superman for destroying Metropolis which causes the two to brawl is such a stupidly amazing idea that I mentally threw my 2 cents at the screen the moment I heard this film was going to happen. Getting the two of the greatest superheroes in pop culture fight assure you a life like Scrooge McDuck’s. So how did Zack Snyder manage to mess it up? Or did he really mess it up?Despite the backlash the film received, I went into the theaters with slight hope, mostly because I wanted this movie to work. The expectations were just so high, and the trailers made the film look amazing. And that was the problem: all of the spectacles from the trailers were the only mentionable moments in the whole film. Still, I liked BvS:DoJ, even if watching the film was like watching your unicorn-shaped balloon get pumped with more and more air as you get excited, only to later flatten with a ‘pppppphhhhhhh’ sound then get pumped with an amount of air lesser than before, then repeat the cycle.
That doesn’t mean the film isn’t enjoyable: it really is! It may have seemed confusing, but you have to realize that this film isn’t a sequel to Man of Steel but instead the prequel to Justice League. All of the information in the film was needed and they weren’t as confusing as Amazing Spider-Man 2 or Avengers: Age of Ultron. All of the stuff they inserted were neatly put, but they weren’t enough to incite excitement.
The script for BvS is brilliant, though not brilliantly executed. It went through my expectations, albeit lacking in some parts and overflowing in others. BvS:DoJ tried too hard to be an action movie, a political & philosophical thriller that the overabundance of the latter diluted the film. The discussions that both Batman and Superman had in which they accused one another of their moral values were supposed to show how ignorant they were of their own specks in their eyes. They were essentially doing the same things, and even if they noticed their own flaws or not, they couldn’t help but criticize each other.
“You don’t get to decide what the right thing is!”
I am not alone when I say that the cast gave an outstanding performance. Henry Cavill was okay…I guess you can’t blame him when he’s trying to portray a joyless Superman. Ben Affleck may be the best Batman I’ve seen, and don’t even try to compare him to Christian Bale’s Batman who only had one facial expression and had a voice that sounds like he has the most irritating phlegm ever. His Batman is old and tired of criminals. And I love Gal Gadot, and I love her portrayal of Wonder Woman. Each moment she was in was one of the brightest moments in this sunless film. Jesse Eisenberg played Lex Luthor, who despite having knowledge, didn’t have power, which was a very big factor as to how he acted and eventually lured the two heroes in for the time of their lives in the film. Most of the political/philosophical talk comes from Lex and Sen. Finch, and the exchanges between them were well written.
Again, I have to point out that the story and acting were great; everything else was just poorly done. The editing for the film could use a bit more work, as the movie quickly flips from one scene to another without leaving any time to understand. The action scenes were very few, and even poorly choreographed in most of them. The major, key fights in BvS especially between Batman & Superman, the fight that everyone in the theater was waiting for, was so lacking. It felt exactly like the Pacquiao & Mayweather fight: everyone waited for it, but it wasn’t that good anyway.The first scene of the film was one of my favorite scenes as it excellently portrays Bruce Wayne, but after that the film started to lessen in terms of impact. Some scenes were literally too dark for me to see anything. The film juggled between interesting and boring. Another factor to this film’s bad traits was that BvS:DoJ didn’t have too many subplots, but it spent a lot of time in those subplots. The end part was something I didn’t expect, and I was certainly surprised, but the way it dealt with its aftermath wasn’t enough to keep the ball rolling.
Through thick and thin, the film still manages to please. It struggled really hard to keep its momentum, but it succeeded despite being almost out of control. You have to watch the movie for yourself and determine whether it works or doesn’t, because it deserves so much more than what Rotten Tomatoes is giving. A 29% tomatometer and an average rating of 5/10, yet 73% of the audience liked it anyway? How does that work?
EDIT WHICH CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS:
Affleck’s Batman is my favorite, but I do not appreciate how comfortable he is with killing. Batman doesn’t kill.