I went into Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice having heard mixed reviews, and I came out with mixed feelings.
I am not a huge fan of superhero movies, and I know very little about the DC and Marvel superhero “universes.”
Apparently Batman’s Gotham City and Superman’s Metropolis are within spitting distance, which is convenient.
Adversely, I am a huge fan of the Dark Knight Trilogy, which was the root of my skepticism toward the casting choices, with Ben Affleck as Batman, and Jesse Eisenberg as the villainous Lex Luthor.
The basic assumption of superheroes is that they are inherently good, but that belief is challenged by Batman who is convinced that Superman cannot stay unchecked and that eventually he will be corrupted by his god-like powers.
Ben Affleck proved me wrong and impressed me with his portrayal as Batman, although he cannot be compared to Christian Bale of the critically acclaimed Dark Knight Trilogy.
With several Batman films in the mix, Christian Bale dominates Batman’s dramatic sphere, although you must take into account the genre of each of these films.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is meant as an entertaining action movie to see with your friends and family, while the Dark Knight Trilogy is a dark, thrilling and dramatic series, and I think each movie and their respective actors did well where they were.
Albeit entertaining, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has nothing exceptional going for it except that there are not one, not two, but three big name superheroes.
This drew the crowds, earning $52.3 million in its opening weekend in the United States.
Of course, Batman and Superman were there, but then Wonder Woman decided to emerge from the shadows and help in the final battle.
This was the highlight of the movie.
Prior to the grand finale, it was two hours of a bleak attempt at a politically dramatic plot that I knew would be irrelevant because soon the entire city would be engulfed in an epic showdown.
There were many references to Man of Steel (which I have not seen), like scenes, and appearances from Superman’s family, but the film did a good job of catching me up.
Without divulging any important details, the ending of the film takes an unexpected turn.
Although I could tell that it was supposed to inspire and be profound, the ending had the opposite effect.
I had to hold back laughs during the emotional pinnacle of the movie, which was most definitely not the intended reaction of the producers.
Ridiculous and over the top, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is in fact an entertaining movie and great to see with your family.