Main Plot Points:
- From director Zack Snyder comes “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” starring Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent in the characters’ first big-screen pairing.
- Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
What We Thought:
- Everyone is crushing Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and I really like being different than everyone else. Unfortunately, I’m part of the majority on this one. The film isn’t good.
- Let me be kind of nice at first, if you liked Man of Steel, you’ll like this. It’s pretty much the same movie just with Batman added. I did not like that movie and I did not like this one either.
- The major flaw to this film/franchise is Zack Snyder. Zack could be a lovely human being, I have no idea, but I do not like his “style” of directing. His directing feels like he went to the Michael Bay School of Directing, everything is over the top and big and loud and so flashy you have no idea what’s happening or who is who and who they are fighting.
- It’s the same issues I had with Man of Steel. When Superman is flying and fighting people, I can’t tell what‘s going on. Same for when characters go crashing through buildings. It’s all a blur and super loud and unnecessary. Previous Superman and Batman films prove you don’t need over the top Transformers style action sequences. Sure you want to bring something new to the table with newer films, but there’s still a classic tone you need to provide in your Superman film. This doesn’t have it.
- Another issue I have (just like in the first film) is I see no difference in personality between Clark Kent and Superman. Christopher Reeve made the Clark Kent awkwardness legendary. Tom Welling gave him even more personality. I see no difference in how Henry Cavill plays Clark compared to Superman other than a pair of glasses. If you’ve seen Man of Steel, you know Lois Lane knows Clark is Superman and that’s wrong in the first place, but maybe because he doesn’t have to hide as Clark, you lose that awkward dynamic. Maybe it’s Snyder’s story/style or Cavill himself, but it’s missing that small town/shy/nervous trait.
- Then there’s the religious element to the film. Yes, we all know Superman is a religious type character, but do you have to say the word god 3432 times? Ok that might not be 100% accurate, but if you took a shot of alcohol every time the word god is said, especially by Lex Luthor, you’d be dead.
- Plus the film is unnecessarily long. There are scenes that serve no purpose whatsoever. Anyone seeing the movie already knows how Batman became Batman, we don’t need to see his parents killed yet again. Especially in Snyder’s trademark slowed down, show every shell casing getting discharged and hitting the ground style. We don’t need to see that exact scene later on in the film almost shot for shot as well. Snyder must think his audience is stupid because he throws the same things in your face over and over again to remind you of what you just saw.
- There’s a scene of Ben Affleck working out with his shirt off. He looks ripped, good for Ben. Why is it in the movie though? Or at least why wasn’t it earlier in the movie to show an aging Batman going back to work? Why was there a flash-forward or vision scene by Bruce Wayne in the desert that served no purpose to the story whatsoever? Why did you drop 3 cameos in it other than just to say “Hey look, these dudes will be in Justice League like it’s already been reported a million times”? Why was Wonder Woman in it? If you are going to put her in it, give her a bigger storyline. You could easily cut her from the film and pretty much nothing would change. Why is it called Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice? That’s a terrible name.
- I pretty much knew I wasn’t going to like Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. I didn’t like Man of Steel. I didn’t like any of the trailers for this. There’s only one Zack Snyder movie I’d watch again (Day of the Dead). So even with extremely low expectations, I still didn’t like this. I feel bad for Ben Affleck. We can all agree Daredevil wasn’t his finest hour, but Ben is actually good in this. He makes a solid Batman/aging Bruce Wayne. It’s not his fault the movie is bad. If anything, the rewrites/reshoots with his people probably helped the film get better. I wish Justice League would be handed to him because if it stays with Snyder, I’m not interested.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Ben Affleck
- Henry Cavill
- Gal Gadot
- Jesse Eisenberg
- Amy Adams
- Zack Snyder (Unfortunately)
Recommended if You Like:
- Man of Steel
- Zack Snyder’s “Style” of Directing