We Just Have a Bad History with Freaks Dressed like Clowns.
The only thing I can think of that attracts me to see a movie more than the fact that it’s a comic book movie is when I hear that it’s terrible. Especially with today’s movie. I was always a Marvel fan growing up, so when I hear that a DC movie is shitty, I feel the need to go revel in their failure … and act like there hasn’t been a Marvel that was terrible. Elektra was great, guys! The reviews for today’s movie, and some fear of spoilers, made me rush out to see it, and then I had me some thoughts. So I will now write them down as I review Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, written by David S. Goyer and Chris Terrio, directed by Zack Snyder, and starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Holly Hunter, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, and Ray Fisher.
In an attempt to explain why it was totally cool that Superman (Henry Cavill) destroyed the greater Metropolis area in his battle with General Zod (Michael Shannon), Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) is upset that his favorite corporate headquarters was knocked down in the fight … and he’s probably bothered that that people died and some dude lost his legs. Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) also doesn’t like Superman, and decides to use the corpse of General Zod to take Supes out. In the meantime, he sets out to pit Batman (also Ben Affleck) and Superman against each other. It works and they V. They V it up!
Disappointingly, the critics apparently thought they were going in to see Shakespeare or something. This movie was not terrible. It doesn’t blow the mind, but it doesn’t blow anything else either. It’s what I wanted and expected. Perhaps one could find it disappointing just knowing that it’s based on the Dark Knight Returns, which is one of the best Batman comics I’ve ever read. This movie isn’t that good and doesn’t quite live up to the comic, but it’s solid. It has its problems, but it delivers on what it promises. One of those problems is that they went back to the stupid green rocks that are the major antagonist in every Superman movie. I thought it was the big decree in Man of Steel that they wouldn’t be relying on those? Well, I guess they need to use everything they can to make Superman interesting. Another problem I had was with the constant dream sequences. They did like 7 of them! Just whenever they realized that they hadn’t done any action scenes in a while, they teased us with a fake one. They even had a dream sequence WITHIN A DREAM SEQUENCE! Fuck you movie.
Probably the biggest problem with the movie is that it’s fairly predictable. Sure, I’ve read the comic that it’s based on, but it’s LOOSELY based on it, so you can’t say for sure where it’s going. Then you could say it’s obvious because … well because it is. Who would win in a fight between Superman and Batman? The same person that would win in a fight between Superman and anyone: Superman. Superman’s powers might as well condense themselves to be “Whatever he needs to do to win eventually.” And you can throw green rocks at him and slow him down a little, but I’ve seen him lift an island made out of green rocks in Superman Returns, so that doesn’t mean that much. But Batman is too popular and cool to let lame ass Superman beat him, so who wins? I was asked this question shortly after this movie was announced and my prediction was, “Stalemate.” They battle to a stalemate so that no fans have that much ammo to complain with and then they realize there’s a bigger problem and they team up. The title gives that away! “Dawn of Justice?” Meaning it will dawn on them that they should create a League of some sort, with Justice in the name somewhere. But I didn’t come to this movie to be surprised. I just wanted to see them fight and for things to explode.
And explode they did! The action was pretty good, but not without their problems. For instance, do you all know how the best part of any Batman movie is when he kicks the shit out of a building full of bad guys, but we just hear about it from witness reports later? Yeah, I don’t either! The first two or three times Batman does something awesome, we find out about it when the police enter the building and find a bunch of unconscious bad guys and one of them has a bat branded on his chest. And if we’re lucky, we’ll find out that Batman was goofily hanging out in the upper corner of the room hoping no one would turn their head and see him there. Then, when we finally see Batman do something, he’s not great at it because he’s wearing a big chunky suit to fight Superman, but I did find that fight pretty similar to Dark Knight Returns and pretty satisfying. And later, while fighting Doomsday, the writers really couldn’t figure out anything for Batman to do so he spent the battle hiding or running from laser blasts while Wonder Woman and Superman did all the work. But between that, Batman did a pretty sweet Arkham City impression when he whooped up on a room of baddies in true Bat-fashion. Does it sound like I’m only talking about Batman fights? Well that’s true. Because Superman can suck it and Wonder Woman is underused.
The loudest cries from the nerd community before this movie were about Ben Affleck. He already ruined a superhero when he made Daredevil, so how could he do what Chris Evans and Ryan Reynolds did already and redeem themselves with their next attempt at a superhero? Also, we liked the last Batman, and remember how we all liked the last Joker when it was Nicholson so we preemptively hated Ledger? And then he was terrible and in no way blew the last one out of the water? That couldn’t happen again! Well he was good. He did redeem himself from Daredevil with me and, though I wouldn’t say he blew Bale out of the water, he at least rose to the challenge and did not disappoint. So I’m absolutely convinced that the next time an actor has to change, the nerd community will be understanding. But one of the biggest complaints about these recent DC movies is their gross misunderstanding of the characters as we know them. Man of Steel=Superman kills someone. Supes don’t kill. BvS=Batman uses a gun the first time we see him. Bats don’t shoot. Granted, it was just a dream sequence, but since I’ve already said those could go fuck off, I will say this particular one also goes to fuck off. It’s like taking away Deadpool’s mouth when his nickname is The Merc with a Mouth. And who would be dumb enough to do that? Supes was fine in the movie though. He seemed very Superman. I hated him, but that that means he captured the character correctly. Although he did feel at times like he wasn’t doing anything for the world unless it involved saving Lois Lane. And when Superman tells Batman to stop being Batman? Fuck you, Supes! How are you gonna tell this man not to be violent? ‘Cause he don’t need to go the same route that you went? Forget about that!
A lot of the secondary characters were good as well, except maybe some of them shouldn’t have been so secondary! Wonder Woman? WAY underused. Dub Dubs just spends most of the movie as a hot chick walking around all mysterious-like. Way to waste a great female character! Let’s step that up for the next movie, shall we? She basically only Dub Dubs it for the last battle of the movie. But her intro was rad. It was strong, powerful, and COMPLETELY RUINED BY THE TRAILER! It was awesome, but since it was pretty much the only time you used her in the movie, it was the only scene you could show in the trailer. But she totally had the lasso, and that was worth it. They had other superheroes too, but don’t get your hopes up. They were just shown in surveillance footage. It was cool to see them, but not significant. Lois was there too. I don’t know why she had to be in a tub at one point. I assume people will complain about that in much the same way as that scene in Star Trek Into Darkness. It was just unnecessary, but I’m not too bothered by it. That’s for the rest of the internet to bother complaining about. I found Jesse Eisenberg’s performance as Lex Luthor annoying for the greater majority of the movie, but it was pretty good once he started letting out the evil near the end. He didn’t seem quite as smart as Lex is usually portrayed though. Lex is supposed to be a super genius, so how is his big plan to fight Superman to reanimate the guy that Superman just beat? It would seem that the real smart money would be to bet on literally anyone that Superman hasn’t beaten over the one guy that he has. And lastly, why are Superman’s parents the worst? In Man of Steel and in this movie, their big thing is trying to talk Superman out of doing anything good with the special abilities only he has. Even when the option is either you let Clark be Superman just a little bit so that dad doesn’t get swept away by a tornado! The Kents used to be so nice!
So that’s what I thought about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Nowhere near as bad as most critics said it was. It’s exactly what I expected. Batman v’s Superman, and it’s pretty cool. What more could you want? Besides maybe a little more Wonder Woman. I say go see it. And if there were any chance of that, you probably already have or have made plans to. But I’m gonna take credit for it. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice gets “That son of a bitch brought the war to us” out of “I thought she was with you.”
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