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April 13, 2016

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)


Batman / Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) felt that Superman (Henry Cavill) was a threat to mankind because of his godlike powers and therefore challenged him for a fight. 

[MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS]

Before I begin, I would like to say that I'm a fan of DC comics and animation. I grew up watching Justice League (2001 - 2004) and Justice League Unlimited (2004 - 2006) and I loved Young Justice (2010 - 2013) so much! I've watched all of DC animated movies. I'm not that familiar with the classic comics but I keep a close track of the New 52 version and also the latest version - DC You. When they first announced about Batman v Superman, I was beyond hyped! Then when they said it's gonna be Dawn of Justice, I was ugh ugh argh...... .... excuse me. A little case of nerdgasm there.

So, taking that into consideration, you can say that I might be a bit biased towards this movie. But I'll try to be honest with my opinion. 

Okay, I would love to start with Batman. Before the showing, comic fans & movie buffs were crazy about the production house casting Ben Affleck for the role of the dark knight mainly because of the failure of Daredevil (2003). However, Ben  proved to everyone that he is more than qualified to don the cape and also rock the seasoned billionaire look. Everyone is now praising him to be the Batman we all deserve and I agree with them. Man, the scene when Batman punched through the bad guys to get to Martha was epic! I wanted to see more of that. Besides that, my other favorite movie scene is when two police officers raided a house used for human trafficking. The way the victims were too scared to leave their cage and the portrayal of Batman being so devil-like. Ugh, I want more of that! 


Apart from that, I also love Alfred (Jeremy Irons). His snarks and sarcasms brought a bit of subtle comedy that I very much appreciated. I love him and wish to see more of him.

Next thing I love about is Wonder Woman. Her appearance was brief in this movie but rather noticeable. At first I wasn't sure whether I liked her or not - in the comics and cartoons, she's brute and violent but in this movie, she's rather into espionage. But seeing how she smiled during the last battle with Doomsday, man, I'm sold! I love her! That one scene, that one smile. I love her now. Adding to the love is the fact I've been in love with Gal Gadot since Fast Five. And I'm excited to hear Wonder Woman standalone movie to come out June 2nd 2017


The last fight with Doomsday was epic! Definitely what I was expecting from Zack Snyder. As I mentioned, one of my favorite things about that fight was Wonder Woman. Man, she's just awesome from the start of the monster brawl to the end. Batman was the most human of all in the fight so he couldn't contribute much in terms of wearing down Doomsday. But the fact that Doomsday is Krypton origin made it relevant for the dark knight to be in it since he forged and weaponized Kryptonite. Superman also put up an awesome fight. That heat vision showdown almost got me standing. Rarrhhhhhhh!!!

Henry Cavill is also solid as Superman but squeezing four (including Lex) main characters in one movie has taken a toll to his character. Maybe Snyder thought that Superman has been introduced in Man of Steel and therefore the focus on him is quite limited. Thus, they only show montages of him saving people in a big scale instead of showing in depth of how passionate he is about saving lives. They should have made Superman interact with the victims more.


Heck, I almost screamed with excitement when they showed Aquaman. His shot was awesome. Like an octopus he emerged from the wreckage and then, BOOM! he vanished. Awesome! I wish that they have shown more of the three meta humans (Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg) instead of just short clips. It was awesome seeing them all!

Okay, now I'm gonna go negative.

In my opinion, this movie failed to go full dark. The beginning of the movie is awesome. I love how portrayed Bruce's parents murder. That pearl and gun shot? Owh wow. I love that. The part when Batman branded the human trafficker? Wow wow wow. It got me excited. But then as the movie progresses, the dark and brood mood disappeared and things got rather... ... mundane. I didn't feel the build up and the suspense. I was hoping to feel the tension that I felt when watching The Dark Knight.

The mundane mood was probably caused by how mundane Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) is. While watching, I kept screaming internally, THAT'S NOT LEX LUTHOR! In the comics and cartoons, Lex Luthor is very calculative and calm. An evil genius mastermind. The Lex is Batman v Superman is mentally unstable and wimpy. The real Lex Luthor wouldn't make deals for what he wants! He would just take everything that he wants with his evil schemes! I really hate this version of Luthor. I hate it to the core!



All in all, in my opinion, I think that this movie is rather watchable. It's a good movie and I would want to watch it again but it's just not great. It doesn't live up to the hype and promo. It's trying to be dark but it's not. 

Besides that, I think the critics are being too harsh on this movie. Sure, it's not great but damn, they are slamming this movie like it's crap. It's not crap! Like I said, this movie is good... it's just not great. How good it is? Well, I would definitely say it is Age of Ultron good. 

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