The Dawn of a Promising Future
The time has finally arrived, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice just hit theaters. And with it marks the first time big comic book icons like Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman share the same screen in a live-action film. Just that is enough to excite any comic book enthusiast. So what did I think of this film? I liked it! You could say it somewhat exceeded my expectations. Well, that’s not really saying much since I wasn’t expecting much to begin with thanks to BvS’s predecessor, 2013’s Man of Steel. That said, I was presently surprised with Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. However I do have gripes with it,
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is certainly a fun movie to watch and experience. In BvS we see the aftermath of Superman’s (Henry Cavill) fight against General Zod from Man of Steel. We also learn that Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck) was in Metropolis when the events of Man of Steel transpired. The sheer destruction caused by Superman and Zod is more than enough to get make Batman angry at Superman. This is how Batman first sets his sights at this all-powerful alien.
In BvS, Bruce Wayne is introduced as an older and more experienced Dark Knight. This is something I applaud, not only because I think we’ve seen his origin story several times already, but because this Batman definitely seems like he’s been through a lot already. This only makes even more mysterious. I’m eager to learn more about him and about the villains he has encountered. Ben Affleck in the role of Batman is superb. He instantly make this iconic character his own.
Superman is great in the movie as well. Although he didn’t have much moments to shine like Batman did. Henry Cavill still did a great job portraying Clark Kent/Superman. The best moments Superman had in the film was in every scene that involved Lois Lane (Amy Adams).
Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), one of Superman’s most iconic foes was also in the film. Jesse Eisenberg’s performance as Lex was good. He had some great lines here and there, and he had an interesting at the character, but ultimately this Lex Luthor didn’t do it for me. The way the film wrapped up his involvement in the stakes was somewhat disappointing.
The actions sequences of the film were very entertaining. The actual moment when Batman and Superman went at it was awesome. Just seeing those two fighting each other was something else. Another great hype filled moment was when Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) showed up to fight alongside Batman and Superman. Seeing the Holy Trinity on-screen was great, but it didn’t feel earned since we didn’t spend much time with Wonder Woman during the film. Aside from making this film work, Zach Snyder’s biggest task in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was to properly set the seeds that will lead to the Justice League and establish the DC Cinematic Universe. Sadly this task didn’t feel like it was properly completed. Sure, seeing glimpses of The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg was cool and all, but everything felt rushed and incredibly underwhelming. I guess this was to be expected to since it wouldn’t be ideal to cram a bunch of characters we don’t know in one film. I just hope Justice League part 1 manages to flesh out this promising universe in a better way.