One of the most highly anticipated movies of the year came out today – Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment Inc. produced the film. It is a continuation of the storyline that Director Zack Snyder began with from 2013’s Man of Steel. Warner Bros. hoped to compete with the blockbuster successes of Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the surprising blockbuster of Marvel’s Deadpool, which smashed box office records in February.
Unfortunately, early critic reviews of Batman vs. Superman have not been good, leaving Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment Inc. to wonder if they will be left with a giant flop rather than a film that will launch Batman and Superman into the planned Justice League movies. One critic review states, “This is a movie that, to its detriment, takes itself very, very seriously for most of its running time” (Scott, 2016). Despite what some of the early critic reviews say, what matters is what the fans think. After all, that’s who buys the tickets.
By no means do I consider myself a movie critic. This review comes solely as a fan of science fiction and super hero films, both Marvel and DC alike. In fact, I am to this day a Superman fan through and through, admitting that I even dressed in my Superman under-roos with the red underwear pulled up over my blue pajama bottoms and red, knee-high socks, along with my Superman t-shirt and red cape. Yes, I am man enough to admit it. And I ran around the neighborhood like a weirdo too.
Without giving away any spoilers, Batman vs. Superman begins eighteen months after the setting for Man of Steel. As we’ve seen from the previews, the movie begins with the final battle between Superman and General Zod. Fortunately for the fans, we get to see the battle through the eyes of the iconic Bruce Wayne, giving the audience an understanding for the animosity he begins to feel toward the alien god from Krypton.
Meanwhile, the rest of the world is left to decide who they want Superman to be. Some consider him to be a god, a savior of mankind. While others see him as a threat needing to be held accountable for the path of destruction he has left behind in his crusades to save others.
In steps the puppet master, a.k.a. Lex Luthor, played by Jesse Eisenberg. In Snyder’s version of the evil billionaire, Lex comes across as a brilliant yet psychotic nemesis, resembling the characteristics of The Joker or The Riddler. Throughout the film, Luther pulls the strings on Superman and Bruce Wayne, feeding the rage that is building inside Batman for the threat that Superman could be.
This conspiracy draws out what the DC Comics Universe calls Meta Humans, such as Wonder Woman with glimpses of Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg, setting up what is obviously going to be the Justice League movie scheduled for release in 2017. I’ll be the first to admit, the moment Wonder Woman was introduced on-screen with Batman and Superman a sense of nostalgia pierced my heart, nearly bringing me to tears. How long have DC fans longed to see these characters in a live action film rather than the cartoon Justice League films? The film does a fantastic job of introducing these iconic characters with emotion and a stirring soundtrack.
In my judgement, I rate a film for myself if I want to see it again. Just like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice is a movie I could go and see again tomorrow. As a result, I give this film 5 out of 5 stars. I felt every emotion as I watched the movie. Granted the humor isn’t there like the Marvel movies, but DC doesn’t need it. I felt Snyder stayed true to the comic book universe of DC and didn’t stray for whom Batman and Superman represent. There are also some surprising twists and turns along the way. Plus, I thought the writing was spectacular, leaving us with an ending I didn’t expect and longing for Justice League Part One.
Scott, M. (2016, March 23). ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ movie review: Warner Bros. takes page from ‘Avengers’ playbook. Retrieved March 25, 2016, from http://www.nola.com/movies/index.ssf/2016/03/batman_v_superman_dawn_of_just.html