This review is dark and full of spoilers.
Batman VS Superman was by far the most anticipated D.C Movie of all time; this is obvious seeing as the movie had the most successful opening Thursday of all time and made 170 million dollars on its debut. However, with the astronomical fall in viewership during the films second week and the movies largely mixed reviews, it’s hard to determine whether or not the biggest D.C cinematic of all time is a success.
We’re going to take a look at the main characters in this film and decide if they made a good impression or a bad one, more importantly, if they collectively make me want to see them in another movie together.
Lex Luthor :
Jesse Eisenberg joins the D.C universe in this movie, playing Superman’s infamous enemy, Lex Luthor. Honestly, it took me two viewings of the film to really decide if I liked him or just simply despised him; his acting truly grew on me even though it was less Lex like and more Joker/Riddler. During the first act of this movie, it’s hard to determine his motives, however that could be due to the fact that the first hour overall is just confusing and fragmented. It becomes somewhat clear that Lex wants both Batman and Superman dead, as he doesn’t believe in any sort of power that isn’t God. (Still find it kind of weird that someone like Lex believes in God but who am I to judge him) The way Eisenberg plays Lex gives him a crazy nature, this is gripping to watch as you just don’t know what he is going to do next, he’s psychotic. This psychotic persona is amplified when he uses Superman’s mother as a bribe to get Superman to kill Batman, he makes the God falls to his knees and even says “now God bends to my will”. I really enjoyed this Jokeresc portrayal of Lex and I found it rather entertaining, even though at some points he was more humorous than terrifying which sometimes ruined the tone of the movie.
Overall, I would like to see Jesse Eisenberg reprise his role as Lex Luthor in the future. Whether that’s because he was an excellent character or I was just intrigued by him is undecided.
When it was announced that Ben Affleck would be taking over the role of Batman people were sceptical to say the least. It’s safe to say that I wasn’t particularly excited to see him play this older, grittier Batman. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see what is now probably my favourite Batman of all time, he was truly invested in his role as the Dark Knight and I found it not just exciting, but mesmerising to see on the screen. The on-screen chemistry between Batman and Alfred (Jeremy Ions) was fantastic and very funny, Alfred had possibly some of the best lines in the entire movie (Which was bloody long by the way). During the third act of the film, I saw what could be the best action scene in any superhero cinematic ever. Batman has to save Superman’s mother from a building filled with roughly twenty armed men, and in true Arkham game style, he goes through and beats down every single one of them. The use of his grappling hook and Batarangs was refreshing to see and also awesome to watch them shredding people apart. By far the best part of that scene was when Batman punches a guy in the head and he 180 degree flips and lands on his neck, it’s not just fantastic choreography but brutal awesomeness. If I was to pick out something I didn’t like about this new Batman, it’s the fact that he just kills people with no remorse, I understand that this is an older, less caring Dark Knight but It’s just strange to watch him killing people without flinching.
Overall, Affleck was almost perfect in this role and I am extremely excited to see him in the Suicide Squad movie in August.
(I sit here staring at my screen not sure what to write about Superman. Okay, I’ve got it.) Superman sucked. I am fed up of watching Henry Cavill play a mopy, boring and weak Superman. In this film I just feel like they didn’t know where to take the character and how to make him as cool as Batman. If they tried to develop him as a character and make him more interesting, they failed. However, I don’t think this is the fault of Cavill, honestly, the director (Zack Snyder) is in the wrong here for clearly not understanding what Superman is supposed to be. Superman is all-powerful, smart and somewhat smug in the comics but in this movie he doesn’t think and is fairly underpowered; this is shown by the fact that Batman straight up wins the confrontation between the pair. (I sit here again staring at my screen not sure how to find a thing I liked about Superman in this film. Okay, I’ve got it.) When Superman dies, I liked that. That would have been a lot better if they had just left him dead, however at the end of the movie we see that he in fact survived.
Overall, I believe that the directors failed to do Superman any justice in this movie and I can quite honestly say that I’m not interested or excited to see him in the Justice League movie.
In conclusion, I think that this movie deserves a bit more credit; the action was solid, the acting was great and the C.G.I was flawless. Some of the character development let this movie down and the first hour , which was supposed to be character development, was pointless and boring. Although this movie will make over a billion dollars and there will be a Justice League movie, I think that D.C need to have a big rethink on whether or not Zack Snyder is the best person to take this series forward.
Finally, to answer my queeries from earlier, yes I would like to see these character reprise their roles in another movie together.
Lex Luthor Rating : 7.5
Batman Rating : 9.8
Superman Rating : 3
Batman VS superman, Dawn of Justice rating : 7
Thanks for reading this one guys, definitely my favourite one to write so far.