When we first heard that Batman and Superman, two of best American superheroes in comic book history, we were finally going to be on the big screen, fanboys were joyful about this announcement back in 2013 at Comic-Con. The hype was real after a few years after Man of Steel. Even though it garnered mixed reactions from critics and fans, it still made a lot of money that summer. And for the most part of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, it was kind of a mess with so many problems.
When you have a comic book movie with both Batman and Superman, it could’ve been great, but everything else around it, makes it feel out of place or doesn’t make sense. The greatest positive about the entire movie as Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. People shouldn’t be worried about him playing the Caped Crusader after hearing that he’ll be playing him back in 2013. He portrays an older and more harden Batman and quite possibly the most brutal interpretation of the hero. Ultimately, you understand why he hates Superman and must do everything to stop him from causing more trouble than before. Henry Cavill as Superman was fine even though even if he didn’t have a lot of dialogue to speak, but for what he was given, he still provides a good performance. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman was fantastic and fans are going to be excited when she eventually shows up on screen. Making it a great impression for her stand-alone movie that’s coming out in June 2017.
If we’re going down into the problems with this movie, one of them comes from the director, Zack Snyder. He’s a really good visual director, but not great at compelling a story. It worked with 300 and Watchmen, some of his best movies. But if it’s anything like Sucker Punch, it’s a flat out fail attempt. This goes for a more darker tone, which is fine, but there should be fun involved. Also, there were times where there should be scenes that could’ve been cut out of the final product but kept it in to make it longer so it should’ve been fixed with the editing. If there is an extended cut, hopefully, it would be an improvement than what we got.
But it’s just so jarring. But the biggest concern, even though there are so many in between, was Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. Just from the day that he was cast as Luthor, nobody was on-board with this. In all fairness, nobody can’t really portray Luthor right. He was just too over-the-top and acting hilariously bad. It looks like he does try his hardest, but it really didn’t work. And there a lot of dumb moments that either doesn’t make sense when realizing it or it’s just useless. Once the ultimate fight happens, it’s very well directed and it’s brutal. Pretty much every single minute until the resolution, which is honestly pathetic. But if you haven’t watched the second trailer, it spoiled the last act of the movie and just from that, you’ve seen the entire film.
And if that’s not enough, there are too many tie-ins to Justice League that are featured and explain in the movie that shouldn’t be wasted on in one movie. It’s just a shame that two of the greatest DC Comics superheroes finally are onscreen together in a movie that leans on just being okay. It should’ve been more awesome than it sounded.
Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice is neither good or bad depending on who’s on different sides, but in the end, it was a big disappointment when it could’ve been great.