Let me first start of saying that despite what the critics have been saying, this movie is worth the price of admission and any comic book nerd or fan will love this movie, like I did. Now, time for the review.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, directed by Zack Synder is a step up from Man of Steel as it really digs deep into how the world is divided by what Superman can do and what he should do. And like Synder said, this movie focuses on a lot of things and one of those is that Superman’s actions has reactions and people like Lex Luther and Batman are going after him.
But let’s dive into Batman’s world right now. Right off the bat, once the movie starts it begins with a nightmare that has haunt him for some time and it is the famous storyline when Bruce’s parents where murdered in front of him. But the way Synder and his team recreated this crucial part was amazing, cinematically perfect with the slow motion, zooms, angles, etc. All of this is also shown while we see young Bruce, running away from the funeral, really feeling the sadness of it all. Once this montage ends, we are taken to Metropolis, the day the world witnessed what Superman was capable of when he was fighting General Zod. And Bruce was there, watching the world crumble as buildings fall and chaos roared. I thought this was cool see how someone else, someone like hero who is not use to a God-like human, just watches something horrific like this happen. Since that day too, Bruce has always had a hatred for Superman and that hate grew and grew as two years passed, hunting down clues and people that lead to Superman and the Kryptonite that was found underwater. Throughout Bruce’s hunt for the Kryptonite, we dive into a lot of his nightmares, both very dark and scary, showing how his world has been nothing but terror for him as he got older and older. One of those dreams has a hint of the Justice League. On top of all of this, I believe Ben Affleck was perfect as Bruce Wayne/Batman. As Bruce Wayne, he played the part of a very laid back, weary man who does what he want, while remaining dark. As Batman, he got darker and his armored suit was incredible to see in action.
Superman, has it rough in this movie. Like stated before, the world hates and is terrified of Superman. It’s something they have never seen before and with the power he possesses, the world holds him responsible for everything he has done. While a select few of people believe in Superman, one of which being Lois Lane, they try they’re hardest to get the rest of world to see they’re perspective of the hero but no one believes it or wants to hear it. But things get worse for Superman once there is a press conference at the Senate’s office and when Lex does something, only Lex will do. This is when I saw what Synder was talking about how Lex would be the puppet master and really pulling the strings between Superman and Batman, since he grows real hatred and jealously towards the two heroes.
Let’s also talk about the big fight everyone is waiting for. First off, this fight is not rushed, it is slowly built and gives a good reason for both heroes on why they fight. And it was good one too, with there being a clear winner. I will say though, it was not the fight I was expecting but trust me, it is still worth watching.
But geez, what’s wrong with me right? I haven’t even talked about the other hero in this mix, Wonder Woman. Diana is shown early in the movie, a bit earlier than I expected but when she is introduced, I didn’t really get what it was she was around for, until I noticed that her and Bruce were after the same man, but for different reasons. Diana’s reason is when there is big hint and reference at Justice League and the upcoming DC Films, telling solo stories. And when Diana becomes Wonder Woman, she is badass and puts up one hell of a fight against Doomsday. But just to warn you, reading a quote from Synder, Wonder Woman’s full powers will not be shown since her solo movie is set to release next year. But there was one power she used that I got very excited when I saw it, you’ll know it too when you see it.
The ending as well, not the big fight ending but the ending ending also hints at the Justice League, so we might see Ben, Gal and Henry has Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman with the rest of the Justice League when you hear what Bruce says to Diana.
Overall, I give this movie 4.5/5 stars. The movie was awesome, from beginning to end, though there were some aspects that could have been told better, this movie was worth it. As a fan, I was ready to see it all: Bruce in his armored suit, the big fight between Batman and Superman, Doomsday, Wonder Woman, the craziness of Lex, and how it was going to break ground for the upcoming DC Films. I know some people said they were mainly excited to see Wonder Woman or feel as if seeing Batman and Superman is nothing, not true. If you keep an open mind, you’ll really enjoy this movie.