Henry Cavill is as great as he is on “Man of Steel.” Ben Affleck shuts down haters with a great performance as Batman, and Gal Gadot rocks as Wonder Woman. These three heroes make “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” worth watching, especially if you’re already a huge fan of the most iconic heroes ever (sorry, Marvel). But thanks to several story telling flaws and a few questionable characters, don’t expect to be amazed.
The world is divided on what to think about Superman. The battle between Superman and General Zod really did a number on the city. While the majority worship him, there are several who are angry and believe he is a threat to their existence. One of those people is Bruce Wayne, whose Metropolis office was destroyed, killing many of his friends and employees and injuring the rest. The way Bruce Wayne sees it, Superman must be stopped. So he begins to prepare. Wayne isn’t the only one trying to take Superman down, Lex Luthor has also set his sights on the Kryptonian.
We’ve all walked out of a theater before feeling confused and full of mixed opinions. But I never expected to feel that way after “Batman v Superman.” The good stuff is great, but the bad is horrible.
Let’s break it down.
The action sequences between Batman and Superman (and one that only features Batman) are definitely the best. These scenes are as brutal and dark as you’d hope. And yes, there will be one victor, but his win can definitely be argued. I won’t say anymore on that. Batman took the spotlight several times and we love it. For a few minutes, a scene of Batman taking down a building of bad guys steals the show, making you forget all about Superman. It’s that great.
Ben Affleck does an amazing job portraying Batman. This Bruce Wayne isn’t just stubborn and angry wanting to bring down Superman, he’s got his reasons and they’ll all be explained. For starters, Wayne witnessed the fight between Superman and General Zod. One of the first scenes featured is Superman vs General Zod in the eyes of Bruce Wayne. But there’s also another factor pushing Batman against Superman. Giving anything away would be a spoiler, so I’ll leave it at that.
I have to admit, I was not expecting to like Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. She is actually what I least looked forward to seeing in “Batman v Superman,” but she simply rocked. You’ll be left wanting to see more of her. We see very little of Wonder Woman before the big battle with Doomsday, but we love what we see and she completely steals the focus in the battle.
I really, really, wanted to like Jesse Eisenber’s Lex Luthor. I’m a fan of the actor and I walked in with an open mind. I see Lex Luthor as a serious and threatening villain, but that’s not how he is portrayed here. I can see what Snyder tried to do with Eisenberg’s performance as Lex. It even works a few times, but for the most part (almost every time) it just doesn’t work. Lex Luthor comes off as a silly and uncomfortable villain.
Too much of the two and a half hours are spent featuring the public’s opinion on Superman, which, frankly, we don’t care much about. We really only need two scenes — one of Superman’s fans and the another of the people who hold him responsible for the disasters. Instead, it goes back and forth. We see worshipers, protesters, court debates, it takes away from the movie.
There are also a few scenes that feel out of place. I expected an ending that would make me feel excited for future movies with the heroes, but a depressing finale makes that impossible. It does set up the Justice League, though, but don’t expect to see much (at all) of the other heroes.
Watch it. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” still deserves to be enjoyed on the big screen, but do adjust your expectations accordingly. You might not walk away raving about how awesome it was and recalling every scene, but you’ll still have a good time. Judge it for yourself and come back to let me know what you thought!
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is in theaters Friday, March 25, with early screenings beginning tonight at 6 p.m.