Review: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

I came into this movie thinking it was going to have good action and nothing else. I didn’t really think much of the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman because frankly, I haven’t really seen him in action movies such as this one. I didn’t see Daredevil. I wonder what they were thinking when they cast him. But, he wasn’t too bad actually. He was a decent Batman. What I really liked about the beginning of the film is the meshing of the stories of Batman and Superman. They started with Batman’s tragic loss of his parents and then on to Superman’s arrival on Earth. It was a smooth transition which I very much appreciated. Since this is a much anticipated movie (haters and lovers alike), I want to say, from here on out, that there will be massive spoilers.

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So to summarize, Batman thinks that Superman is a nuisance to society. He doesn’t believe that Superman is good for mankind. One incident after another, Superman is shown as this irresponsible non-human who put’s people’s lives in harms way. But in reality, he is being set up by Lex Luthor. He is hell bent on seeing Superman kill Batman or vice versa. Superman’s Lois Lane is caught in the crossfire and Superman can’t help but save her every time. Lois even questions if she is even good for him. She thinks that she is holding back who he really is because while he is trying to save her, there are other people in danger who he could have been saving.

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The movie starts slow because there’s some character development and story building. The real action actually begins about 30 minutes into the movie. Also, we get to see what other DC comics heroes will be showing up in future films. Later we also find out that there will be a Justice League movie in the making because of what Batman says at the end. Also, when you look up the actors on IMDb, you see that they are going to be in the Justice League movies (Part 1 and 2). He mentions something about having to build a team because he has a feeling they’re going to have to fight in the future. In one of the scenes there is an encrypted file that Batman and Wonder Woman find that has information on 4 heroes. The files expose their super powers. One is Wonder Woman’s file. The others were, Aquaman, the Flash and Cyborg. In the comics there are 7 original members of the Justice League. One of them is the Green Lantern. On IMDb they only listed those heroes so far. Not sure if they are going to add the Green Lantern. In Wonder Woman’s file we see a picture with her standing next to a bunch of people and one of them looked like Chris Pine. Maybe he’ll be in the next movie. That would be interesting to see because I haven’t seen him in any superhero movies. Looking on IMDb, we see that he will be playing the character Steve Trevor, who is Wonder Woman’s love interest. The movie will be coming out sometime next year.

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There are little things that bothered me about the film. There are also those inaccuracies (which I’m sure there are many. but I don’t know much about DC):

  1. The one thing that really irritated me was Jesse Eisenberg’s portrayal of Lex Luthor. Lex Luthor is suppose to be this genius and powerful villain. Eisnberg’s Lex was something I couldn’t stand to watch. He was very annoying to me. I just wanted him to stop talking every time he opened his mouth. Also, Lex is suppose to be this all powerful man who owned pretty much everything in the city. The Lex in the movie seemed new and not as polished as the comics. I would have liked to see Lex Luthor act like Vincent D’Onofrio’s portrayal of Wilson Fisk in the Daredevil television show. Lex has anger issues and is suppose to be a scary man. I didn’t see that in the movie which is disappointing.
  2. Superman not knowing who Bruce Wayne was…he’s a reporter for crying out loud. I guess he’s not a very good one. A downside of being Superman.
  3. Lex Luthor’s assistant, Mercy Graves was killed in that courthouse scene. I don’t think she is supposed to die. In the comics, she takes over for him when he is in jail. I hope she comes back because she seemed to be a pretty significant character. She is meant to be his bodyguard.
  4. The character Doomsday is suppose to be this gigantic menace that looks super scary. He did look scary in the film to me because I’m not familiar with him. But when looking at what he was suppose to look like, they definitely tamed down his look. He was still scary in the film but he didn’t look the same.

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So those are my thoughts about this movie. I really do hope that Mercy Graves didn’t really die because when I was reading about her, she seemed like a bad-ass character. I hope she comes back. Oh and how can I forget the very end where Superman “dies.” There is no way he dies. How can Superman die? I can’t even fathom the idea of it. At the very end, after Lois throws dirt onto his casket, the dirt starts to rise up…hinting that he didn’t really die. *phew* …like I was worried. Anyway, those are my thoughts. I hope you guys enjoy this movie. Go see it if you haven’t. Let me know your thoughts below.

Audience: PG-13
Epic factor: 7
Acting: 7
Story: 7
Direction: 8
Would I recommend: Yes

*Note: Based on a scale from 1 to 10. 1 being the worst and 10 being the best you could get in a category.

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