Long time no blog….Should I drop some spoilers? Not yet. But I will give you some overall thoughts.
This movie is serious. It is for the DC Comics fan. It is long. And it sets the stage for upcoming movies. Exactly like DC does with its comics. (Teasers for Convergence were WAY back in Action Comics at the beginning of The New 52.)
Since I am a comics fan, and have been vested in DC for several years, most recently absorbing all of the New 52 Batman stuff, I enjoyed this movie. I had to explain a few things to the SpartanKid, who hasn’t been as invested as me. (He just reads Sonic the Hedgehog and Megaman.)
(There is an odd scene where Batman is using a gun on some thugs. I had to explain what was happening. “Batman doesn’t use guns.” And the way that scene ended with the what was apparently The Flash giving a warning. This was obviously a reference to “The Flashpoint.” There were other occasions, as well.)
The other BIG THING. I think this movie has the best portrayal of Lex Luthor. EVER. He is totally psycho. And he twists Christian imagery in a way to mock Superman as a “god.” I especially like how he inverted the lyrics of “I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day,” with his final words being “Ding, dong, ding dong.” Wow. And switching the painting to show Lucifer throwing Michael out of heaven. At least to the SpartanNerd, who is is HUGE FAN of that image, (the correct image where Michael is the victor will likely be my tattoo someday.) this was storytelling genius.
Ben Affleck was OK as Bruce Wayne and Batman. Henry Cavil was the same Superman as he was in The Man of Steel, but much moodier. This Batman was definitely not the same that we saw in Christopher Nolan’s films. A Frank Miller inspired anti-hero, not such a good guy. And then there was Wonder Woman. Maybe the one who carried her role as a super hero was Gal Gadot. Who is/was she anyway? She was a knockout. I almost thought she was The White Rabbit from “The Dark Knight” comics a few years ago. A stunning, foreign beauty. And she swung that sword exactly like Wonder Woman should.
Should I give away more? There was the obligatory Batmobile chase scene. There was massive city destruction. We have all seen Robin’s costume spray painted up in teaser images…there is some reference to The joker in this film. I have summed it up and given you the essence of the movie with few details.
I recommend it if you like DC Comics. I recommend it if you like Batman, Superman, or Wonder Woman. I suggest you sit this one out if you are looking for a Marvel movie. Like the Man of Steel before it, there are few laughing moments. I am also unsure how much you might not understand if you didn’t see Man of Steel. There is mass reference to that movie in this film. I only saw that movie once…I loved the Kryptonian scenes, etc. But this movie depends on having some knowledge of what happened in that movie.
I rate Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice 5/5, being a DC Comics fan, and owner of every Batman/Superman comic since they began printing them in The New 52. (I am referencing the comic where they work together, mostly against Darkseid’s daughter.) You might disagree with me if you were looking for Thor, Deadpool, or Spiderman. So I would like your opinion, Hub City Geeks! Let me know in the comments!