The time has finally arrived to discuss one of this years most anticipated showdowns between two titans of the comic book world, so who won? Batman? Superman? The fans? Let’s get to it!
It’s been nearly two years since Superman’s (Henry Cavill) colossal battle with Zod (Michael Shannon) in the collateral damage filling Man Of Steel devastated the city of Metropolis. The loss of life left many feeling angry and helpless, in particular crime-fighting billionaire Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck). Convinced that Superman is now a threat to humanity, Wayne embraces his inner Bat and embarks on a personal vendetta to end his reign on Earth, while the conniving Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) launches his own crusade against the Man in the red cape.
Straight off the mark I’m gonna be honest with you guys, I wasn’t expect much from this all super outing and I’m sad to say I did come away a little iffy – now this is not to say that Synder hasn’t delivered a decent outing as part of the ever growing DC Universe, it just felt very awkwardly off at times!
Henry Cavill reprises his role as the spit curl wearing, red caped Man Of Steel and to my surprised clocked in a fine performance – I sometimes feel that there isn’t much to his character other than he can fly etc. but I have to say I was invested in most of his scenes and Cavill’s portrayal is up there with Reeves to this day.
Jesse Eisenberg drops in as the title villain Lex Luther who loathes for power throughout this piece. Eisenberg brings a very un-nerving quirkiness to the character which was an interesting take but I felt got a little too OOT nearing the final act.
The main female heroes if you will are portrayed by Amy Adams coming back as Lois Lane and Gal Gadot as one of the most popular female heroes Wonder Woman!
With Gadot popping up in few scenes as Diane Prince it’s not till the final act when we see her transform into the title heroine – yet I think the female characters are not well written.
Adam’s purpose seemingly was to be a damsel in distress, which didn’t help to forward the character at all and Gadot sadly, was in the film max 15mins (5-8mins as WW). This was one of the major elements I felt the direction did wrong! UNDER USED CHARACTERS!
Before I talk about another distraction I took away from the film – I need to mention the shine out role: Ben Affleck!
Playing both Wayne and Batman – this portrayal of the caped crusader was one to remember! From the story it seems like Bat has been around for a very long time and in his maturer age has come to not give a rat’s ass on knocking out foes – yes, Batman kills some guys. Listen, I understand some fans may not like this portrayal but I honestly thought it was the best thing in the entire picture.
Especially in the first 10mins, you understand the pain Wayne has gone through and why he thinks the way he thinks throughout. In all honesty, he was the most fleshed out character of the entire project – and I would be so down for seeing a solo Batffleck movie in the future!
To finish this off, BVS is an extremely stylsih looking picture but the narrative becomes over crowded with setting future films up without making sure it is it’s own film along with some very poorly edited scenes, and a concluding battle that looks somewhat out of a video game. Sadly, some viewers may come away with a bitter taste in their mouths.
That being said Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice may have it’s flaws but it does have it’s share of very cool moments that fans will take away and discuss among themselves for months to come.
Personal rating: 5/6 thumbs up out of 10.