Last night, I finally went to see the new Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice movie. Here’s my Spoiler-Free review…
First off, I don’t know what the f–k people were thinking when they labeled this a “bad” movie. What in the world were they looking for? It’s a popcorn flick, not Shakespeare! This movie was great! I also heard people griping that it had too many plots and side stories, and too much was happening all at once, so they couldn’t follow the story. In reality, it incorporated many different stories/plots from past Batman/Superman comics. So if you’ve never read a good Superhero comic I can totally understand one’s inability to follow various story arcs that occur concurrently. However, if you are an avid comic book fan (or at the very least, a soap opera fan) and still couldn’t follow this movie, that’s on YOU, not Director Zack Snyder. He did a good job with this one.
Was it perfect? No. Despite it’s 2:33 runtime, I personally think it should have been longer. Certain parts should have been expanded for character depth and clarity. –Hopefully, that’s what the announced R-Rated Director’s Cut on Blu-ray will offer. I also selfishly admit I really wanted to see Batman kick more ass. lol. Regardless, it’s waaay better than the reviews it’s been getting lately. –Many of which were written by “fanboys” who always expect a movie to directly follow it’s comic book counterpart. These Sphinters always catch titty-attacks whenever a director exhibits creative control and slightly deviates from what we’re all used to. Yes, at times that can backfire. (See the 2011 Green Lantern movie, and the recent 2015 Fantastic Four movie. Well, actually DON’T see them. They’re both horrible!) In the case of Batman vs. Superman, it worked! Just like Marc Webb’s recent re-imagining of Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Zack Snyder’s interpretation was well done.
As for the stars, Gal Gadot was a very cool Wonder Woman. Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor was good, but could have used a little more depth to better explain his maniacal mindset. Henry Cavill was good as a very conflicted Clark Kent/Superman. Amy Adams was ok again as Lois Lane. Jeremy Irons was a cool “modern” Alfred. Happily, one of my character criticisms from the 2013 Man of Steel movie was slightly rectified, as Diane Lane’s Martha Kent was used a little better this time around.
Now for the part many of you have been waiting for… Ben Affleck. Um… Where do I start? HE WAS F—NG GREAT!!! Not only as Batman, but especially as an anger-driven Bruce Wayne in a world that was changed suddenly, dramatically, and violently when Zod and Superman entered it. In this new world of God-like beings, even Batman had to evolve. He was already becoming a little more violent and extreme in his tactics, but to rid the world of what he perceived as a global threat, he had to step up his game up even more. Affleck looked the part. He fought like Batman is suppose to fight! His costumes were awesome. His Batman voice was cool! –Definitely better than Christian Bales’ Batman voice. Seriously, is it me or did Bale’s Batman voice always sound like he was forcefully pushing a turd out of his butt. lol. For all of you people who hated on Affleck the day he was cast in the role, (yes I remember seeing MANY Facebook post crapping on the guy), you were dead wrong! –Just like everyone who criticized Michael Keaton when he was first cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman back in 1989, and everyone who complained when Robery Downey Jr. was cast as Tony Stark in 2008’s Iron Man. I’m one of the few who had faith in Affleck’s ability to take on this role. I’ll repost my original Facebook post from August 23rd, 2013 proving my prediction, right after I finish writing this. I was happy to see he proved me right and delivered a great performance.
Overall, on a scale of 1 to 10, I give this flick a strong 8. It’s a good starting point for future Justice League movies. So f–k what the critics say and go see it for yourself. Even if you don’t think it’s as good as I do, I guarantee you’ll think it’s better than the current media reviews of it. Definitely a Day-1 pick up on Blu-ray for me! —WRL