In what may be one of the most hyped movies to come out this spring, with ads featuring a glimpse of an epic battle between two of the top characters in the DC Comics universe, does the film live up to the hype?
Released on March 25, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was made on a budget of $250 million with a lot of buzz surrounding it. The film is a direct follow-up to 2013’s Man of Steel, so it features a returning cast with the likes of Henry Cavill and Amy Adams, and also the direction by Zack Snyder. Ben Affleck appears as a new addition as Bruce Wayne/Batman.
While the ads may publicize the battle between Superman and Batman as the main plot, it is not the case. While the two do fight, for the idea on what kind of hero the world needs, the main plot involves Lex Luthor, played by Jesse Eisenberg, creating a threat to destroy the two heroes. Ergo, the plot has to do with the two finding a common enemy and having to stop him. It’s a story that has been done before in many different forms of media.
The movie itself had stunning visuals and great camerawork. However, in spite of that, it still left a lot to be desired. Most of the film had dialogue scenes and little action to set up future films in the DC Extended Universe. Yes, DC Comics also has their own film universe to match up with Marvel. It’s not a bad thing, as superhero films are quite the norm these days. But why does this film seem like it’s lacking in some areas?
One of the areas this film lacked in was the storyline or at least the execution of it. It seemed most of the movie was, as stated before, done to set up the Justice League films that are going to be released in the near future. Plus, there were many parts of the film that jumped perspective betweem Clark Kent, Bruce Wayne and other storylines. Also, the inclusion of Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, portrayed by Gal Gadot from the Fast & Furious films, seemed like an afterthought as she only appeared in a handful of sequences.
Eisenberg’s portrayal of Lex Luthor felt like I was watching Jim Carrey playing The Riddler in 1995’s Batman Forever all over again, as Luthor was portrayed with a lot of eccentricities for the majority of the film. It didn’t feel like Lex Luthor at all.
On the other hand, there was still some fun to be had in the climax, but that was about as far as it could go. It took more than an hour to get to the good stuff of the film. There were other action sequences, but some of them did not last long and others were just dream sequences. The editing and camerawork in one scene in particular gave me a flashback to 2011’s Sucker Punch, also directed by Snyder.
Batman v Superman could have been a lot better than it actually was. There were good parts and the acting was decent, but the film dragged in a lot of areas that it seemed like audiences had to wait for the action to come. The length of the film was a little longer than necessary, but it was not a horrible film overall.