Hello everyone I’m going to be reviewing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This movie pits two of the most iconic superheroes in the comic book universe against eachother. Henry Cavill reprises his role as Superman/Clark Kent along with Amy Adams as Louis Lane. Zack Snyder (Watchmen, Man of Steel, 300) is back to direct this film and introduces several new DC characters. We get our first look at Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor.
This movie is receiving a lot of mixed reviews from Top Critics and Audience members alike. So let’s get started. This movie starts off with a very “Watchmen” like scene with the murder and funeral of the Wayne’s which are some of the most beautifully shot scenes in the movie. From here we get a very dark and gritty scene which sets the tone for the entire film. Affleck was excellent as the new Batman. Most of the positive criticism for the movie highlighted his and Gadot’s performances. We get a lot of mixed feelings from critics and audience members alike for Eisenberg’s portrayal as a younger more hyperactive Luthor. The character was very maniacal and manipulative in pitting these two superheroes against each other. A lot of criticism for the movie comes from the scenes after the opening where the movie gets very convoluted and sporadic. When you do get to the action the choreography for the fight scenes it was excellent and some of the best parts of the movie. Building the scenes to climax with an excellent score was the collaboration between Junkie XL and Hans Zimmer. The two composers really brought the movie alive and were one of the bright spots the critics found in this movie. This movie is a very loud and in your face film. Even the non-action scenes were louder than usual. BvS, I feel, did what it was meant to do; show the two opposing sides of our heroes and then pull them together. Snyder made his mark on the film much more than Man of Steel and BvS delivered in a very Snyder way. Marketing for this movie was a bit rushed in the eyes of much of the audience and probably could’ve done a couple of things differently to match with the movie tone and release better.
As a DC fan I found this movie as close to material as one could get without completely losing the non-comic book community too much. I saw this movie twice in theaters and on the second go around even though the story dragged a bit I found it necessary and much more interesting than the first time around. Affleck, Gadot, and Eisenberg were mesmerizing as their respective characters. I love the older more worn Batman we get in this movie. He’s clearly a broken man and is pushed even further after seeing so much chaos and destruction in Metropolis. People that Wayne knew were hurt and killed right before his eyes, and like that unfaithful night outside the theater Bruce was helpless to do anything. I can see where Snyder purposely put Wayne in this position to kind of highlight his pain and path throughout this movie. It explains his actions against Superman and the ‘Martha’ scene that many people couldn’t grasp properly.
Experiencing all that lose affected him in a very deep psychological level. Which, in my opinion, was the highlighting brilliance of this character that Chris Terrio wrote. Even with all the controversy that surrounded the Luthor character I saw it differently. Yes it was a different take and vision on the character, but even so it was captured beautifully by Eisenberg. The way he played the character was not only captivating but a little scary, like that character could be your next door neighbor or anyone for that matter. Finally another pre-movie release concern that I had was Gadot as Wonder Woman. Let me say she was so good in this role. It was breathtaking seeing her first arrival on screen. Snyder captured every scene with her so perfectly and she dominated with a very limited, but very good portrayal of the Amazonian princess. From the beginning this movie takes you on a very complicated adventure with these characters. I am one of those people that thoroughly enjoyed this adventure and the characters that were brought to life more accurately than ever before.
Like all comic book based movies there’s going to be problems, but I enjoyed it for what It is. These movies aren’t meant to be academy award winners, they are meant to bring these stories alive for the fans that love them. I have been reading comic books since I was 12 and I couldn’t have asked Zack Snyder, the cast, and crew to do a better job. I am now more excited than ever to see where these stories lead us, as should every DC fan be. Snyder is the guy to get us there and I applaud him for staying true to himself and to the material without bending to the imposing nature and success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (which by the way is very good in its own right). I urge those of you that haven’t seen the movie to go out and give it a chance no matter what other critics say. Go see it for yourself and form your own opinion and hopefully you enjoy yourself as much as I did. Dark Tide Comics extends its gratitude to Warner Bros., DC comics and the cast and crew of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for its portrayal of these two iconic characters.
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Jason Ortegon- Dark Tide Comics