Summary

Batfleck takes on Supercav because they don’t like each other’s brand of vigilante-ism and WonderGal shows up for literally no reason.

Featuring
Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman
Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman
Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth
Amy Adams as Lois Lane
Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonderwoman
with Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor

I asked myself heading into Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice what could possibly go wrong with this movie. Could it be Ben Affleck’s take on Batman? Could it be Zack Snyder’s Instagram filters? Could it literally be anything else? Yes and no. To all of those things, and then some.

Let’s begin with the storyline. It’s taken me a while to digest the gist of it, and normally it’s not hard to understand a movie’s story. During the Zod versus Superman deathmatch in Man of Steel, Bruce Wayne was actually driving around like a lunatic in what I can only imagine is a product placement ad for the Jeep Renegade. He loses an entire building, and some bloke he calls “dad”. Now, I’m not a comic book connoisseur, so I have no idea who this old bloke was.

Fast forward some time, and Bruce Wayne is tracking down some potential dirty bomb being snuck into Gotham, while Superman rescues Lois Lane in a desert somewhere along with a whole bunch of unexplained casualties. Of course, Batman’s idea of justice is becoming a bit overboard with branding criminals and torturing them for information.

This sets the two superheroes towards their eventual conflict. Batman is afraid and concerned about the level of power Superman has. Superman thinks Batman is too heavy handed (ironic much given Man of Steel?) when dealing with the lowlifes in Gotham.

Meanwhile, Lex Luthor is plotting Superman’s downfall with kryptonite found in the destroyed terraforming vessels. And he also has lots of plans for General Zod’s body too. His ultimate aim is also to destroy Superman. Oh, and Wonder Woman shows up for a few minutes in cocktail dresses. Except right at the end, when she shows up as herself.

I really wanted to love this movie. Despite my preference for Marvel’s superheroes, Batman and Superman still hold a niche of my childish heart. That Zack Snyder was allowed to direct this movie and turn it into a period piece about dark Instagram filters was profoundly annoying. But, this was expected, because any movie about Superman fighting Batman would have to be dark and moody. I just preferred the Christopher Nolan kind of dark and moody.

And this brings me to Batman himself. Seriously guys, if Christian Bale was willing to destroy his voicebox for the perfect gravel voice during The Dark Knight trilogy, why couldn’t Ben Affleck do it? Why does he have to use a voice synthesiser? Also, why was this Batmobile so crappy? Where are the jet engines and other outlandish tools of vigilante justice?

Ok, I’ve got all of the ranting out of the way. Wait. Actually, now that I think about it, why did time travelling visions get a look into this movie? The level of stupid in that scene was absurd.

One of the biggest things with this movie is the way it’s been cut. The story doesn’t make sense for a while, until all the threads themselves come together about ninety minutes in. It makes you pay attention, because it’s dense and it’s also long.

But, despite all of these issues, I find that I actually enjoyed the movie. Maybe not the end, because the cries of “Martha, Martha, Martha” were cheesy and silly. But the buildup to the climax was awesome. Yes, the movie was too dark, yes the prophetic visions were stupid, and so was Lex Luthor in this case. Sure, you had to pay attention a decent amount of attention to understand that story. These problems would normally sink a movie in isolation, but not this one. Not completely, anyway.

Dawn of Justice is a flawed movie. It’s dark and moody like a sullen teenager, but you know they’ll grow out of it. Rather like this movie. Having said that, just because I liked it enough, doesn’t mean everyone else will. Some people might dislike it purely because Ben Affleck is in it. Me? I go for whether the whole package works. It does in my opinion.

Rating

It’s not a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s a decent movie at least.

Watch this if you…

Don’t think Marvel movies should get all the money.

Skip this if you…

Don’t like dark Instagram filters.

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