Son of Krypton versus Bat of Gotham.
Whilst it’s been met with a huge negative response from most critics, the superheroic gladiator cage match we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. It’s not quite the disaster that most reviews claim it to be – but, that’s not to say it doesn’t have it’s faults, because there are a few.
To start, it seemed like Zack Snyder was too focused on building the DC Universe from the ground up rather than crafting an interesting film for fans to get behind. Giving us all of thirty seconds of video clips on a laptop of The Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman would’ve been fine if they’d actually followed any of it up. But it’s pretty much left dangling in the wind. To say that Superman is meant to be the light hearted character out of the two titans, he spends most of the film sulking. Which is disappointing, seeing as Cavill is capable of so much more. Jesse Eisenberg delivers the most annoying version of Lex Luthor since Gene Hackman, his twitchy monologues seem jumbled and silly. His performance comes across more like The Riddler rather than the enigmatic mastermind of evil. It’s a different take on a classic character, but he really didn’t translate well on-screen.
Some of the plot points and general structure of the film seemed a little sloppy, such as Lois Lane running back and forth between getting an integral weapon, dropping said weapon – then going back to get it. Again. Plus, half of the plotline revolved around the fallout of Superman’s fight with Zod nearly destroying the entirety of Metropolis; and how did the film spend it’s final climax? Destroying hundreds of buildings and an island, but it’s okay, they were deserted this time… right? It felt like one giant CGI smorgasbord.
But enough of the negatives, it’s time to look at the positives. We’re thoroughly impressed with Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne. The intense brooding and desperation of Mr Wayne mixed with the dynamic dialogue of the quipful Alfred was perfect. Jeremy Irons was a fantastic addition to the film, and complimented this new iteration of Batman almost seamlessly. Some of the fights that Batman gets into seem like they’re taken straight from the ‘Arkham’ games, and that’s no bad thing. They’re fast, brutal and effective. Plus they look astounding on the big screen.
If you’re a comic book/DC fan, there are various integral things you’ll probably be aware of, Darkseid and Parademons for example. Keep your eyes peeled during the ‘Knightmare’ sequence, and you will not be disappointed. It’s a little disappointing realising we won’t see the Justice league film for a few more years yet. And then of course, there’s Gal Gadot. The chemistry built up between Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince is fantastic. Their dynamic borders upon flirting, but Gadot really is a scene stealer in every moment of her screentime. And once she suits up as Wonder Woman, be prepared to let your jaw drop. Every moment that she’s engaged in combat looks ferocious, terrifying and beautiful simultaneously. It certainly makes us yearn for the solo Wonder Woman movie as soon as possible.
With huge action sequences, Batman V Superman is perfect for any adrenaline junkie, but it’s not exactly a superheroic masterpiece. It certainly set up various pieces on the board for the rest of the DC Universe, but if it had focused a little more on itself, then it could’ve been a truly great superhero flick. It’s an enjoyable roller-coaster ride, and lets hope Snyder builds upon his mistakes.
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Whilst Batman was nothing short of brutally impressive, Snyder's universe building gets in the way of the main plot a little too much.
- Gal Gadot/Wonder Woman