“Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” (Review w/Spoilers)

Superman and Batman

I was actually planning on releasing this movie review earlier, but many things, such as life and work, got in the way of the things.

So, without further ado, here is what I thought about “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”.

Finally, after months of anticipation, “Batman v Superman:Dawn of Justice” has hit the theaters.

By now, most of you have probably seen it, but just in case there are some who haven’t seen it yet, before we delve into spoiler territory, let me give my general opinion of the movie.
I liked it, I didn’t love it. And if one has the opportunity to watch the movie again, do so, because this is a movie that needs to be watched twice in order to fully understand things.
Also, I recommend watching this movie in an IMAX theater, as I believe that one would be able to appreciate the big action sequences better, as they truly are spectacles.
Story telling wise, there were quite a lot of plot holes, but Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne and Jeremy Irons’ Alfred were amazing.
Coming out of the film, I was oddly excited for the solo films and the “Justice League” films, which means that they succeeded in garnering interest for the upcoming DC Cinematic Universe.
Therefore, I believe that it succeeded in its intention to be the “launch pad” for the DC Extended Universe.
That being said, let us know delve into spoiler territory.
WARNING! SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT!
First off, let’s talk about the acting in the film.
Ben Affleck stood out to me, and as a fan of Batman, I was very happy with his portrayal of the Dark Knight.
Even thought the story telling was shoddily don, they were able to reboot the character, and I could truly see the pain and anguish in his eyes.
Aside from this, all of Affleck’s action sequences were well done.
I also liked the partnership and camaraderie that he had with Jeremy Irons’ Alfred Pennyworth.
After getting used to seeing Michael Caine as Alfred, I’m pretty sure that many were wondering what kind of Alfred Irons would be. However, he was able to deliver, and I love the fact that he has these little asides when he doesn’t approve of what Bruce is doing. Unfortunately, I think that Irons was greatly underutilized in the film.
The same also goes for Henry Cavill’s Superman.
I am not really  a big fan of Superman, and the only two iterations I really know of are Brandon Routh’s and Cavill’s, and they are both very different from each other, in a good way.
I know that Cavill is a good actor, but I think that he was also greatly underutilized in this film, as well as Amy Adams.
Gal Gadot’s fight scenes as Wonder Woman were fantastic, and I think that she is perfect for the role.
As for her acting chops, I want to wait for the Wonder Woman solo film before I make any judgments.
For the most part, I think the film failed when it came to its narrative.
Honestly, as I have not seen the “Ultimate Cut” yet, and all I know is what I’ve seen in the theatrical cut, and the deleted scenes that have just recently been released to the public, I cannot tell if the poor storytelling was due to the script or the editing of the film. I also highly suspect that the studio itself also is partly to blame for this.
I say this as from what I know of the content of some of the deleted scenes, I believe that viewers would have been able to understand the story, and character motivations better. This, I think, is true, especially with regards to Lex Luthor’s (Jesse Eissenberg) motivations and characterizations, and Superman’s motivation to fight Batman.
Also, I wished that the two men could have talked a little bit more, maybe either during or after they fought each other.
I also felt that how they introduced the other Justice League characters with Wonder Woman clicking on their icons was not organic.
Aside from this, I felt that there were too many dream sequences, and it got a little bit confusing.
It took me several seconds for to realize that Batman’s nightmare in the Batcave was some sort of vision, and I only realized after the film that that red blur that appeared to him was Ezra Miller’s Flash.
The visuals, however, were stunning.
I loved that they included the battle in Metropolis in the beginning, and it served the film well that they allowed us to see it through Bruce’s eyes.
The visuals with regards to Batman and his origin story, especially the part when the robber snagged Martha Wayne’s pearl necklace with his gun before he shot her, with all the pearls scattering to the gutter, were very reminiscent of Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns”.
Because this is  Zack Snyder we are talking about, the action sequences, the fight between Batman and Superman, and especially with Doomsday were a visual spectacle indeed.
I believe though, that I’ll be able to appreciate the film better when I watch the 3 hour long ultimate cut.
I will be watching out for it when it comes out, and I will were another entry as to whether or not it changed anything for me.
How did you like “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”? Did you like it?  What parts did you like and what parts did you not like? Let me know in the comments below!
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6 thoughts on ““Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” (Review w/Spoilers)

    • Thank you! I hope to do more movie reviews in the future! If you have any suggestions, I’m all ears.
      I agree. Some people just bash it without looking at the other areas that were actually okay with the film. It is really a mixed bag.

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