I’m a little bit late to the review party for Batman vs. Superman, but I also took careful measures to not drown myself in all of the immediate reviews and blogs after the film finally was released. While I did happen to see headline and quick lines of people’s thoughts, I did my best to go in with an open mind. I enjoyed 2013’s Man Of Steel and have always been somewhat of a fan of the Superman character. With that said I can’t say I was overly excited for BVS to come out for a few reasons. The first reason was what I think had most skeptics at bay, and that was Ben Affleck playing Batman. Having to follow Christian Bale and the three highly praised Batman films he made almost seemed to big of an undertaking. The second reason my anticipation was not very high was because I don’t know anything about the comic books or anything about The Justice League other than the minimal basics. I’m sorry to say that but I’ve never been a comic book guy, I’ve been a movie guy. The third reason is simply that I thought it was too hyped to succeed. The criticism never stopped from the moment it was announced and then as character posters came out and trailers, it was just relentless. This was probably my biggest reason for putting it off and waiting on my review as well, I wanted to let the dust settle.
The movie begins by showing the battle between Superman and General Zod from an outsiders viewpoint. We see Bruce Wayne frantically trying to get to one of Wayne Enterprises buildings in the midst of the battle. He is there to see the building fall and manages to save an employee who is pinned underneath the rubble.
The world is now split on their stance of Superman more than before. They had already seen all the good he could do, now they have only scratched the surface of how powerful and destructive he actually could be. One of the most suspicious people is, of course, Batman.
Along with those skeptics is the very wealthy and diabolical, Lex Luthor, whose plan is to pit the caped crusader against the man of steel in an effort to gain inhumanly powers with the remains of the defeated General Zod. Luthor’s plan seems to be working until at the height of their epic battle, they find common ground and refocus their energy. Luthor has since created what he hopes will bring the end to Superman, Doomsday.
Another epic battle ensues which has Batman and Superman fighting side by side along with Diana Prince who has been on the outskirts of their feud, but has been keeping a close eye on everything. When she joins their side, we clearly see the beginning of The Justice League as now Wonder Woman has joined their ranks.
The film is aptly titled, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice because those are the two biggest acts in the movie. I don’t consider it a spoiler to say that there is no winner between the two because it is during their battle that they find the need to work together.
Just barely two years after it was announced that Ben Affleck would don the cape a cowl, we finally got to see if every Batman fans fears were justified. The biggest thing I took away from the movie is that Ben Affleck clearly didn’t drop the ball as Bruce Wayne/Batman. With just the right amount of dialogue to work with, he was given a creation of the character that was just right for his skill set.
Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor is the one performance in the film I almost still don’t know how to feel about. I just can’t tell if he was so over the top as Luthor that it was great or that it was almost distracting. It felt like a very uneven performance with moments that were as good as Gene Hackman in Richard Donners version and yet there were times it felt uncomfortable to watch. It definitely doesn’t ruin the movie, but it does give pause as to using him in future films.
BVS is as dark as any previous Batman movie that has been made. It has some moments that can be almost chilling in the reality of their violence. Like many other Batman movies there is the creation of Thomas and Martha Wayne’s death. This to me, is the most chilling dramatization of their deaths, specifically Martha Wayne and her shattered pearl necklace.
So the final verdict on BVS is that it was better than I expected which is always a pleasant surprise. It’s going to have its super fans and heavy critics but it is without a doubt entertaining and does exactly what it should do and leads directly into the first Justice League movie due out next year. Don’t go into expecting a movie with Batman to be as good as the Christopher Nolan trilogy, because this is a different Batman but it is one that fits well in this telling of these characters. I’ve come to the realization that there is never any pleasing of the hardcore fans, since I fall under the category of average fan and Look at it from a movie fans perspective, I found it to be engrossing entertaining enough to have me excited for the future films to come.