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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Movie Review

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It’s time for the review of what might be the biggest comic book movies of all time, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I love both of the characters of Batman and Superman, and I’m a fan of both the comic books and both characters’ movies. They are the two most well-recognized superheroes of all time, so how could I not be excited about this movie? If you got a chance to check out my Top 52 Most Anticipated Movies of 2016 list, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was my number two most anticipated movie of the year. I love comic book movies, and with Zack Snyder at the helm of the clash of the two heroes, I had to be excited. Zack Snyder is a good director. He’s not quite a great director yet, in my opinion, but he is a good director. I love Watchmen, and I love 300, but he hasn’t established himself as a great director yet. The closer I got to the movie, the more excited I became. Unfortunately, as you may know, one of the trailers for the film gave away a little bit too much. I won’t say what it was just because I don’t want to ruin it for anybody who is doing their best to stay away, but it showed me some stuff I didn’t want to see, so I was really disappointed there. I also did not include the trailer that I thought spoiled plot points above, so you are safe and free to check out what is actually my favorite trailer released in recent memory right at the top of the article! I’ll talk about whether or not I was okay with that or not later, but for now, let’s talk about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is directed by Watchmen, 300, and Man of Steel director Zack Snyder and stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, and Jesse Eisenberg. In case you haven’t been in the world for the past year, it pits the two greatest comic book heroes of all time against each other in a battle for the ages. After Superman’s fight with General Zod in Man of Steel went horribly wrong and destroyed the city of Metropolis while killing many innocent people, Batman takes matters into his own hands by deciding that Superman must be stopped. Superman feels as though the bat vigilante of Gotham City believes he is above the law, so Superman decides to stop the Caped Crusader himself, thus causing the “greatest gladiator match” to ensue.

I’m going to start off by saying that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is not a perfect movie. It has its problems. Fortunately, it had some things that were really awesome as well, so let’s talk about those first. When Ben Affleck was first announced as Bruce Wayne and Batman in 2013, the entire community of superhero nerds, movie nerds, and casual movie goers started an uproar. I get it. Affleck had some bad movies. Daredevil isn’t good, Pearl Harbor wasn’t very good, and Gigli makes me want to reconsider my philosophy and outlooks on life, but Affleck turned it around with some great movies including a Best Picture winner, and I can’t sit here in my bedroom and tell you that he didn’t make one of my favorite cinematic Batmans of all time. I like Michael Keaton as Batman. I like him more as Bruce Wayne, but I like him as Batman. I also like to think that Christian Bale is my Batman. He is the Batman of my time and probably my favorite Batman between he and Keaton, but Affleck killed it, and he made an incredible Batman. I also loved how the movie took us back to Man of Steel, and I really understood his point of view and his reason for wanting to stop Superman. The movie did an amazing job painting that backstory, and we can see that Bruce Wayne has become older and beaten and battered, and I loved it. I also have to say that while Gal Gadot didn’t blow me away with her performance as Diana Prince, I thought that she made a very good Wonder Woman. I know that with her acting experience, a lot of fans weren’t overly excited for her selection, but I thought she did a good job in her scenes as Wonder Woman and a serviceable job in her scenes as Diana Prince. Unfortunately, Henry Cavill doesn’t quite live up to Christopher Reeve as Superman, in my own humble opinion, but he is still fine in the role, and a likable character who I could also get behind and feel for. That was something that was a lot of fun in this movie was going into it and seeing that it does a great job of painting both perspectives, and though my heart will always belong to Batman, I thought it would have been just as easy to get behind Superman. Finally, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had amazing action sequences. I mean amazing. Zack Snyder is known for his visuals being far superior to his storytelling, and it shows in the action scenes. Everything of the entire Batman v Superman is absolutely incredible, and the fight scene definitely lives up to the expectations seeing these two go at it. Even better might be the scene of Batman taking care of business by himself. It’s some of my favorite Batman action I’ve ever seen. I think that the movie handled the characters and the action so well which is what I will say that I did like the movie.

Let’s talk about a couple of problems I had with the movie. First of all, as I mentioned before, Zack Snyder is known for his incredible visuals, but not so much for his storytelling, and that’s where this one bites him. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is just such an untidy, poorly edited, and poorly paced movie. I mean, it’s all over the place. It feels like multiple movies are going on at once, and I don’t get enough time with any of them to get fully invested. I feel like the jealous girl on The Bachelor. I didn’t get enough time with any of the multiple movies to fully immerse myself into this world that was being built, and multiple times I had to take a step back and gather myself to put the pieces together. This movie was about as organized as my backpack. I’m an 18-year-old scatter-brained high school senior boy. It’s a mess in there, and I usually can’t find what I need. That’s how I feel about this movie. Also, the pacing is terrible. The final act of this movie was my saving grace. Even though I could get behind the characters and their motives and backstories, I couldn’t invest myself in the story until the final third of the movie, which quickly turned into a shoehorned version of a microwave Justice League. You know when you don’t feel like baking something because it will take longer? You know it will taste better if you throw it in the oven, but instead you make your way to the microwave and it’s ready in minutes. It doesn’t taste as good, and you feel like you took the east way out, but hey! It’s ready to go! Next, there was some controversy when Jesse Eisenberg was picked to play Lex Luthor, or Lex Luthor’s son or whatever the deal was there, and I think that those worries are justified. Lex Luthor is a diabolical genius. Jesse Eisenberg is just a creepy, evil goofball. He’s extravagant, and at one point he feeds a man a Jolly Rancher. A cherry one. Was the flavor of the Jolly Rancher important? No, but it happened. Finally, I was really hoping for a version of Batman who was similar to Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns Batman, and I got that, but Batman kills people in this movie. Like, a lot of people. So whether you want to see Batman kill or not is up to you, but it took away the moral code Batman typically carries with him in the comics I have read, the cartoons that I have watched, and the films that I have watched. I don’t need Batman to be a cold-blooded killer for him to be a fierce Batman, but that’s just me. I’ll leave that up to you.

Overall, I have to say that I liked Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I didn’t like it because the movie made me like it. I liked it because I’m a big fan of both Batman and Superman, and to see the way that this movie handled both characters and their person vs. person dilemmas made me so happy. I also loved the action in this movie. It was easily the highest quality piece of the movie as far as the film is technically concerned. I also really liked most of the actors in their respective roles. Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, and Gal Gadot all were very good in their superhero roles, and I was happy to see that. I also have to mention Jeremy Irons. He was amazing as Alfred Pennyworth who has become one of my favorite on-screen characters to look for simply due to Michael Caine’s portrayal of the character in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. The movie does have its problems, and those can’t go unnoticed. It’s disorganized, and the pacing is very off. Also, as I said, the assembly of the Justice League happens way too quick. I’m not going to lie. I can’t wait for the Justice League movies. I’m so excited to see two more of my personal favorite superheroes in the Flash and Green Lantern (who hasn’t been announced yet, but come on). I couldn’t wait for this movie, but unfortunately, I’m pretty underwhelmed by the film. Nevertheless, I did like it. I wouldn’t take my kids to this movie, and I wouldn’t take someone who does not like the characters or action movies because I think that both demographics will find it boring. I’m going to give Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice a 5.8/10.

Have you had a chance to check out Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice yet? If you have, what did you think? Comment down in the comment section and let me know! I’m sure this is a movie that will spark conversation and debate for a long time. If you haven’t seen it yet, will you be headed out to see it this weekend? Though as a fan of comic books and the characters of Batman and Superman I did like the movie, the best part of my night was when Matt and I went to Chipotle afterwards. It was 9:50 p.m., ten minutes before they closed, and the chicken was going to take ten minutes to cook, so we offered to leave so that they wouldn’t have to still be serving customers past closing time and they could get home, but the workers asked us to stay. We waited our ten minutes and picked everything we wanted on our burritos, and at the end as we were about to pay, the workers told us we were good since they were closed anyways, and Matt and I walked away with free Chipotle. I don’t mean to go into story time, but I just thought I’d share that. Anyway, the point is, I will have a review out for a new movie next week. I’m not sure exactly which movie it will be, but it will be happening, so be sure to stay tuned for that, and, as always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!

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Justin Lyons

Hey, it's Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at movies@pulseradio.fm