Zack Snyder’s long awaited Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice may not be the best superhero movie of the year but it is pretty close. A direct sequel that follows the events two years after Man of Steel, the film begins with a young Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) leaving the theater with his parents and we all know what happens next. This scene also include clips of what is believed to be a dream of how Bruce found the Batcave and was lifted through the air as a child by the night seeing creatures, symbolling the rise of Batman. The film then skips to a much older Bruce Wayne flying in to Metropolis in his company’s chopper during Superman’s battle with General Zod. Worried about his employees, he drives into the disaster and watches as his building becomes destroyed by Zod’s heat vision. After Superman moves the battle elsewhere, Bruce finds one of his employee’s legs crushed and helps him, as well as saves a little girl. At this point Bruce blames Superman for all the deaths in Metropolis that day.
Affleck’s Bruce Wayne/Batman is straight from the comics, more specifically “The Dark Knight Returns”, Batman: Arkham video game series, and the animated series. This is the first time we see more covert missions from Bruce and brutal fight scenes from The Batman as if it was from Batman: Arkham Knight. We got to see The Dark Knight as the detective he is, his strength, speed, and attitude. This was the Batman I believe other directors have missed but Snyder nailed it and kudos to Ben Affleck. Real quick, let’s talk Jeremy Irons’ as Alfred. He was great and reminded me a lot of Alfred from “Batman: Earth One” and the animated series. Always Batman’s eyes and ears, the one person he can trust without a doubt.
Next we have Superman (Henry Cavill), God and protector of mankind to some, dangerous and unpredictable to others. The movie really played on Superman’s character as a hero, the world was basically split into two groups: Superman supporter and Superman haters. All he wants to do is live up to what his father believed and save lives but after the events of Man of Steel, there is so much bad blood. That is when we get introduced to Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg).
Luthor holds a party inviting press, political figures, and the rich and this is where Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne meet for the first time. We also meet Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) who is at the party for the same reasons Bruce Wayne is. During this scene many events takes place but they will not be mentioned in this article.
Luthor is ruthless, efficient, creative, and one of the most dangerously intelligent scientist on the face of the earth. That’s exactly what we get from him in Dawn of Justice. I’ll be the first to admit that I was skeptical about Eisenberg’s portrayal of Luthor but not anymore. Luthor is the worst kind of villain because he believes what he is doing is the right way and will destroy anyone who gets in his way. He is morally depraved and relying on intellect over strength, rather than harnessing his genius for good. Luthor seizes power for his own benefit and is a threat at large.
Before we get into our last character let’s talk easter eggs because this movie has its fair share. I will not spoil anything here but know that the easter eggs consist of dreams by Bruce, one showing what the world could be like if Superman turns evil. The other is from Injustice or could be a new take on the Flash Paradox, just don’t go to the bathroom when you see this photo below on screen. Another easter egg tease the Justice League, and another comic series that could spoil a big ending…so I won’t say.
Lastly, we have Wonder Woman, the warrior princess from Themyscira and the new love of my life. This movie may have had Diana in it but not much about her character was given away due to the fact that she has her own movie coming in 2017. All we know is that she seems to be working for unknown parties or maybe alone. She doesn’t have much dialogue but I did enjoy the conversations between her and Bruce. There is something there between the two of them…at least I hope so. I can confirm that she uses all of her weapons except for the tiara and she is a total bad…you know the rest.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was beautifully shot and the opening scene really grabbed my attention. The film does have its slow moments at times but then I found myself being drawn back in. Seeing Batman in action was the best part for me but towards the end I loved Superman even more. The acting was great, the casting was great and the action was CRAZY!!
I give the film an 7/10!
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will open in theaters March 25th.