Movie Review: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

by Shekhar Manghnani on April 26th, 2016

​It was no secret that Batman V Superman would be divisive amongst DC & Marvel fans, but who knew these fans would go bat shit crazy on Twitter ever since the film review embargo lifted? Critics have stained the film with largely negative reviews as it sits at an underwhelming 28% on Rotten Tomatoes. This is heartbreaking for any comic book movie fan since we have been waiting for decades for a movie as such with two of the biggest and most iconic superheroes EVER. But is it as bad as they say it is? In my honest opinion, not even close. By no means is it a perfect film, but is a darn good time at the movies.
​One thing Zack Snyder is exempt from being criticized for is having a lack of ambition and scope. The failings of Batman V Superman are largely due to it trying to introducing and building a massive universe and cramming it all in 2.5hrs. Some of world building scenes had me scratching my head in confusion, though we could all be eating our words once we have the whole DCEU in front of us and things would be much clearer (and hopefully appreciate this film a little better)

On the flip side, there are numerous things that Batman V Superman does right that outweigh the negatives and most critics seem to be overlooking. The most obvious one being Ben Affleck as Batman, even the ones who criticized his casting will have to admit that he’s spot on as the rough and gruff old Batman and once he’s in his Bat-suit he’s as brutal as they come. Although, fans might be shocked that Batman kills and I mean he’s using GUNS. Hopefully we will have an explanation as to why in the upcoming solo Batman film.
​As heavy as the Nolan trilogy, BVS is even more dark and grim. Even without a whole lot of room of levity its ultra bleak tone works for the most part and separates it from the MCU movies. Lets face it; if it had a Marvel like tone we’d all be complaining it being a wannabe Marvel film. For better or worse BVS stands on its own.

Henry Cavill seemed decent as Superman, not quite as good from Man of Steel. Nothing bad in particular, but came across more of as a support to Batman.

Jesse Eisenberg’s portrayal of Lex Luthor is a hit or miss throughout. Deranged, psychotic, unhinged, unstable are all the words to describe this Lex Luthor and that comes across to the viewers. But the film also tries to make us believe that he is a genius, mastermind, smart and intellectual and that’s where the character fails to be menacing.
​Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman is a crowd pleaser even though she has limited screen time (looking forward to the solo film). Amy Adams, Diane Lane both provide a much-needed human element to the film. While, Jeremy Irons as Alfred is tech savvy and is the comic relief of the film.

In conclusion, Batman V Superman may not please those who were looking for a lighthearted comic book movie. The film is a mess, but a beautiful mess that at least tries to aim for greatness. Sure, it doesn’t succeed completely but it is an interesting take on the DC Cinematic Universe with some of the best action in any comic book movie in my opinion. And maybe after a kickass Justice League film and with things being clearer we’d realize how underrated this film was.

Posted in Movies    Tagged with batman, superman, batman v superman, dawn of justice, zack snyder, henry cavill, jesse eisenberg, lex luthor, wonderwoman, DC, dc comics, gal gadot, man of steel, bat mobile, man vs god, gotham city, ben affleck


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