Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice review

I’ve been waiting for this. I started totally against Ben Affleck being cast as Batman but as the trailers were released, it was very clear that Ben was portraying a very different Batman.

If you’ve read the Frank Miller comic “The Dark Knight Returns” then you’ll be excited to see how this movie draws reference to that comic. Throw Wonder Woman into the mix and that leaves me curious as to how this whole movie will pan out!


The Plot

Following his titanic struggle against General Zod, Metropolis has been razed to the ground and Superman is the most controversial figure in the world. While for many he is still an emblem of hope, a growing number of people consider him a threat to humanity, seeking justice for the chaos he has brought to Earth.

As far as Bruce Wayne is concerned, Superman is clearly a danger to society. He fears for the future of the world with such a reckless power left ungoverned, and so he dons his mask and cape to right Superman’s wrongs.

Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice

The Verdict

The first hour of the film is very much like an art piece with several flashbacks for Bruce Wayne and Superman saving people around the world depicted in “Christ-like” fashion.

It’s a little slow but I can’t decide if all that detail is necessary or not because it’s important but the again as fans, we already know this. Now what’s very interesting is the public and government’s opinion on whether or not there is a need for a Superman.

Bruce Wayne is obviously against having Superman and with good reason too. Now Ben Affleck portrays a much older Batman, who is surprisingly violent…..and I love it!! He’s mean, he’s huge and at one point is referred to as a devil.

Superman is put in a more conflicted light in this film. Henry Cavill seems to be the emo one who is torn between being Superman and loving Lois Lane.

With these two heroes coming together I think Zack Snyder has had to cramped a lot of information into one 2.5 hr film. Snyder doesn’t have the luxury of falling back on solo films of each hero before assembling them together. I have to sympathize with him on this.

Wonder Woman is the highlight of the film! Her appearance is brilliantly timed and the theme composed for her by Junkie XL causes such an uproar. Undoubtedly the best moment of the film. Overall Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL work very well in putting this score together.

In summary

Batman is violent

The Batmobile chase scene is badass

Jeremy Irons is actually quite a cool Alfred

Superman is conflicted

Wonder Woman makes the best of her limited screen time

Oh and Jessie Esienberg’s Lex Luthor manages to irritated the hell out of me throughout the film……I suppose that’s a good thing since you’re supposed to hate the bad guy.

Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My only concerned is that they cramped too much into this film. But I must give a lot of credit to Snyder because as the end credits were rolling, I saw a long list of Comic book writers and artists being mentioned.

And watching the film I can see how he’s drawn story lines from multiple comic books so you can understand it wasn’t easy to pull this off/

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in cinemas 24 Mar 2016

Images courtesy of Warner Bros Singapore

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