Sunday, March 27, 2016

Batman vs Superman Dawn of Justice almost spoiler free review

Just saw the movie Saturday night thanks to advanced tickets and reserved seating. So how was it? In a nut shell it was a very thoughtfully crafted film that did a good job on covering a lot of necessary points of development and continuity. But, it wasn't with out perhaps at least one glaring problem. Although I'm not sure the word "problem" quite fits here. First off, my biggest questions going into the film was Batman's brawl with Superman how exactly does he pull it off? And what about Jesse Eisenberg as a re-imagined Lex Luther?
Ben Affleck was superb as both Bruce Wayne and Batman, a truly worthy successor to Christian Bale's portrayal. And I'm happy to say although not the most original of concepts we do get a clear and plausible understanding of how Batman manages to go mano e mano against The Man of Steel with his exo-skeleton armor suite. When it comes to Eisenberg's Lex Luther I think he pulls that off pretty good. It's not quite the Lex Luther we're used to but it works even though his eccentric personality almost has a Joker quality to it. His scientific genius, government connections, capacity for cruelty, skills in manipulation and even his obvious education in classical literature are intact among other cornerstone Lex Luther character traits. If you liked Man of Steele (I certainly did!), which this movie is basically a sequel to then you'll enjoy all the returning cast members minus Jimmy Olsen who was absent in the movie.
The other big question was the Wonder Woman big screen debut. Although not given a whole lot in the way of dialogue Gal Gadot handles her role quite well as both a warrior and covert ops agent with almost a Catwoman like sense of stealth. We don't get to see the same kind of insight into her psyche as we do with Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent which was explored quite intensely in the film but I think the movie gives us just enough for now. And speaking of which, how exactly does Batman come to hate Superman so much to the point where he tries to take him out? A burning question for many especially for the more superficial fans who really only know these characters beyond the old school pop culture stand point as opposed to understanding them better as contemporary characters in all they're complexities. The movie delivers on that front to by the time these heroes have they're highly anticipated throw down you really understand how it came to this. And yes we do get to see other snippets of the future Justice Leaguers which are cleverly and other wise well woven into the movie's story line.
The Doomsday battle goes pretty much as expected and in some ways some managed to be a bit tedious and yet somehow rushed at the same time. But that's not to say it wasn't good or other wise not relevant to the plot especially since it acts as the common threat which brings all 3 heroes together. There are some logic gaps as is the case in most of these sorts of sci-fi Superhero movies. But I think the biggest over all "problem" the movie had was the somewhat slow pacing for the first half of the film. I do get it in part there was a lot to cover to be sure. And it's also important to remember that this movie is not only a Man of Steel sequel but it's also laying down most of the ground work for a Justice League film which no doubt will be even more action pact.
But that being said, a slightly shorter running time might have served the film better from a movie going experience stand point. Some people might have a problem with many of the bad guy deaths in the movie but I'm ok with it. It's fucken 2016 and if Batman feels like he has to put down some mercenary thug killer who's about to torch to death Martha Kent then yeah I'm cool with that. Not too sure how I feel about Metropolis and Gotham City being almost as close geographically as San Francsico and Oakland but I guess I'll get use to that. Overall pretty good I think I may enjoy it more with future viewings it has a lot going for which the human brain may not be able to fully absorb the first time around.


  1. I've read some of the reviews from friends and on the 'net, and they're really and truly mixed reactions, expecially amongst my friends with a resounding "meh."

    Thought so.

    While I still don't care for Assfleck as Batman, it is kinda' interesting to hear how much he;s praised for his efforts in the role. Maybe I'll warm up it in time, but I'll still never 100% agree with either Superman or Batman killing, no matter how many times Snyder tries to justify it. They just don't. EVER.

    That being said, DC better hope this one's successful enough to continue to lay down the foundation for their cinematic universe, 'cause compared to Marvel, they're massively behind, and no doubt you can probably see that here with all the characters they've tried to squeeze into what was supposed to be a Superman solo sequel.

    1. Well I'd say Dale in yours and K.o.T's case you might wanna wait for the DVD at a Red Box near you.

  2. Ha ha, naw man, I'm ever drunk enough too, I'll just download it.

  3. Well, I'm going to see it Friday night more than likely. I don't expect it to be perfect, but the guys in my gaming group said it's good except like the last 20-30 minutes and it kind of falls apart. We'll see. Even the reviews I've seen trashing the movie have praise for Batflack. I do have high hopes in that arena.

    As for distance of Gotham to Metrolpolis, that is a little close. SF to Oakland is about 20-25 miles. Using the DC canon I prefer that puts Gotham on an island that covers NJ's Great Bay in our world and Metropolis south of Milton Delaware, we have a distance of about 80 miles. Hmm.

    Of course, Freedom City (Mutants & Masterminds) sits just off of the coast of the Great Bay. Something I use in my Super Hero RPGs all the time. :)

  4. the movie really did do a nice job from a story telling stand point of connecting Man of Steel together with the upcoming Justice League movie while also explaining the motivations of all the characters. some people won't be able to get over Batman killing thugs or Jessie Eisenberg as Luther or even Affleck as Batman. but all that aside if they had just cut out about 15 minutes of some of the less important stuff in the movie it would have been pretty much perfect for me.