Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is finally here. It has been a very long wait for DC fanboys. They finally get to see their heroes on the screen together. But, was the wait really worth it?
Internet hasn’t been kind to this film. There are polarizing opinions. Just look at the IMDB rating (7.5 at the time of writing) and the Rotten Tomatoes (29%). Does the film deserve the kind of backlash it has been getting ? In many ways, yes. In some ways, not really. Let’s get to business and talk about it.
Batman/Bruce Wayne: Ben Affleck nails it as the Dark Knight. This incarnation of the masked vigilante is half-crazed, merciless, and has little in the name of a moral compass. He is the one fans were waiting for, and Affleck delivers. As Batman he is terrifying and brutal. As Bruce Wayne he is every bit of the clever, flamboyant playboy as he is in the comics. BvS finally shows Batman as the detective he truly is. His motivations are very clear, and makes for some excellent drama. There is a maturity to him, but at the same time there’s his paranoia about Superman. He is fascistic (picked directly from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns), and has no qualms about killing. It is only slightly hinted why he has gone over the edge. (More time should have been spent on that, instead of his origin story, which frankly, everyone knows by this point.) His relationship with Alfred (played brilliantly by Jeremy Irons) has matured over the years, and is fully realized. Not speaking for everyone, but this Batman is by far the best.
Wonder Woman: The Amazonian Warrior Princess’s grand entrance is phenomenal, and is the single greatest moment of the film. I bet movie theaters would have erupted all around the world during that one scene. The clever buildup to this moment also works, with some truly great banter with Bruce Wayne. Gal Gadot doesn’t have a lot of lines, but her expressions tell it all.
Great Visuals: This movie is visually very rich and appealing, with great action sequences; Zack Snyder retains his visual touch, and some frames are reminiscent of the underrated ‘Watchmen’. Unfortunately, the ‘good’ ends here.
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