The year 2016 will see a lot of superheroes clash against one another both in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) as well as the DCCU (DC Cinematic Universe). We all know Marvel has made billions by pitting superheroes and supervillains against each other on the big screen. DC is hoping to do something similar with their first movie of this scale, planning on laying the groundwork for many sequels and characters from the comic books.
Note that there are spoilers in this review, so if you haven’t seen it here is your warning!
A Substantial Movie
With “Batman v Superman: The Dawn of Justice”, Zack Snyder is simply trying to repeat his “superhero with a dark side” formula that he has previously used in “Watchmen” and “Man of Steel”. Unfortunately, and not so surprisingly, it failed to impress some but to others it was symbolic. It certainly had the action to make it entertaining. There are some flaws, but it was fundamentally an alright movie.
Lack of Priorities
This is a movie that is determined on creating a spectacle using two superheroes without giving much thought to the characters or their motivations. It is less about the clash of ideology and more about fighting spirits being played by the hands of Lex Luthor.
Jesse Eisenberg played the character interesting, taking a more modern spin on the character. Some will hate the performance because it is not what they’re accustomed to, but those with an open mind might be impressed.
The Dream Sequences
How many dream sequences can one movie handle? How many dream sequences can the audience handle? The limits were tested in this film.
We understand DC is going to hit us with movie after movie starring various characters is has just forced upon us. MCU took it slowly; they took their time to build up character and individual personality. These dream sequences just felt forced and unnecessary by comparison. Some more thoughtful building of the world would have been appreciated.
Kryptonian Ship Chooses Lex Luthor
So Lex Luthor is the new master of the Kryptonian ship. Why? Because the ship chooses him to be “The One”. This was a ridiculous scene. The US government just allows Luthor access to General Zod’s body and the Kryptonian ship with unfiltered access? No oversight? That is preposterous. The US government is pathetic now by this point in the film, but this was just over the top.
Lois Lane was Badly Done
Lois Lane “is not a lady. She is a journalist.” If you memorize this line, it will probably make more sense out of the fact that she is able to appear everywhere almost magically. Her character is confusing since she is always playing a damsel in distress. This seems to conflict with her previous characterization. This goes back to Man of Steel. Amy Adams should not have been chosen to play this role.
How about someone else? Odette Annable? Snyder made a big mistake here.
Dawn of Justice may have jumped the gun here in trying to catch up with its competitors in the MCU, but the movie was still an action packed blockbuster like you would expect. If you throw hundreds of millions of dollars at a movie, something will have to stick.
DCCU has some incredible characters and most likely they will be able to bank on them for years to come. Another thing to not forget is that Ben Affleck did not ruin this movie or Batman like he was expected by some to do. You have to be happy about that!
I’d recommend that you just hold off for now and watch it on Netflix during your vacation or while waiting for your layover. It’s a spectacle, but I’m not certain if it’s worth the ticket price.
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