Most of the failures of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice have to fall at the feet of director Zack Snyder. To quote The Joker from Nolan’s The Dark Knight “Why so serious?”. Snyder takes colorful characters like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Lex Luthor and turns them into a bunch of mopes. Instead of superhero fun, it’s all doom, gloom and shots of Kal-El’s cape blowing in the wind. Snyder goes for a moral tale mixed with a political twist much like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but fails miserably in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Warning to parents. Your kids will probably be bored to tears waiting for their heroes to take action during the first two acts.
Besides a few over played and familiar flashbacks we’ve seen done better in all the other Batman films from the past, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice takes place after the events of Man of Steel with Superman coming under fire for his activities that some deem heroic and others view as dangerous. This includes Bruce Wayne (AKA Batman) played Ben Affleck. The Argo actor and director had been a lightning rod of controversy since his casting, but he does a serviceable job with his interpretation of the Caped Crusader. That’s more than you can say about Jesse Eisenberg’s silly version of Lex Luthor with none of the charisma or confidence that made him one of the greatest comic book villains ever.
Affleck just isn’t given much to work with in terms of direction or script for character development. He’s basically just a paranoid guy who doesn’t trust our new alien savior. Plus, the ghost of Christopher Nolan looms over this movie with his excellent Dark Knight trilogy still being fresh so in our minds considering his last take on the beloved character was only in 2012. Wonder Woman is also present, but she is given minimal background and the audience is supposed to accept her when she shows up to fight with the boys without much motive. Gal Gadot’s version of the feminist icon does bring some much-needed excitement to the generic third act, but her scenes are more like a demo for what she “can” do rather than what the female hero “could” do for the franchise moving forward.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice could have easily been called Batman V Superman V Exposition. For a film stacked with iconic characters set to duke it out on the big screen, nothing really happens for the majority of Zack Snyder’s 2 hour and 33 minute bloated superhero snoozefest. There is a lot going on in the film and none of the stories lead anywhere that will make the audience care about the final outcome. There is a big moment in the third act, but it has no weight by the final scene and is just meant to distract the fan boys from all clunky filmmaking they just witnessed. It also doesn’t help to have the worst interpretation of Lex Luthor ever and a Play-Doh monster posing as Dooomsday as your main villains in this superhero smack down.
Overall, I give Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice a disappointing 1.75 out of 4 stars.
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