If you are still uncertain about seeing Batman V Superman:Dawn of Justice here are our top 5 reasons why you need to see the movie.
We’ve already done a review of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice which looks at the pros and cons of the movie to eventually come to the conclusion that although the movie is somewhat flawed it is an entertaining romp. Like most reviews out there we suggested that the movie has some issues, but is it as bad as we are all being led to believe? The answer is not really, kinda.
If you look at the movies current score on Rotten Tomatoes,around the 29% mark, you might be thinking that a sure sign that the movie should be avoid but we don’t think that is the case. In fact we think that this is one of those movie that you should ignore the critics on and actually make up your own opinion on it by seeing the movie yourself.
To help us encourage you to splash your hard-earned cash on some cinema tickets and some overpriced pic’n’mix here are our top 5 reasons why you need to see Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Beware, spoilers ahead.
Warner Bros and DC Comics are playing catch up right now. They have to somehow bring together all their major comic characters in one universe to try to match what Marvel and Fox have already done with their respective franchises. To try to hack this they have decided to work from the Justice League out instead of copying the Marvel cinematic universe plan of working up to their event feature from stand alone pieces.
The thing with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is that the bigger goal of creating interest in the universe that their heroes inhabit. Coming out of the movie I was excited to see the new Wonder Woman movie, figure out what drove Batman to become the character we see on-screen and to see who exactly is listening to the bell that Lex Luthor rang. (Hint: it might be someone who is an even bigger threat to the DC Universe than Thanos is to the Marvel cinematic universe).
A common complaint levelled at director Zach Snyder is that he knows his way around a visual but doesn’t know how to work a script or story in a coherent manner. This movie doesn’t do that sentiment any favours but, as someone who really enjoyed Man of Steel, I was actually happy that Warner Bros decided to stick with the universe that already existed. I think Henry Cavill is a brilliant Superman and I like how grounded the shared world they created in the first movie feels.
This sequel did a good job in furthering the scope of Superman’s world while introducing new exciting elements that are associated with the current DC universe. They have also done a great job of balancing aspects of the successful worlds that Marvel and Fox have created with their tent pole franchises namely X-Men and The Avengers having renowned superheroes operating in a world not to dissimilar to ours.
Most if not all of the cast returns for this sequel/reboot/relaunch and that’s a great thing. Say what you will about Man of Steel but few can fault Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane or Diane Lane as Martha Kent. Now add the likes of Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jeremy Irons, Jesse Eisenberg, Ray Fisher, Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller to form a massively impressive cast of exciting actors.
There is one thing that every who has seen this movie agrees upon, Ben Affleck is now the definitive Batman / Bruce Wayne. Some actors have succeed in one aspect of the character but have failed to bring other parts to life. This is not the case with Affleck. His is the most all-round representation of the character we’ve seen on film so far. His height makes him imposing, his build makes him intimidating, his charm makes him alluring and his acting abilities make him able to bring to life a very, at times, dodgy script.
This of his Batman as everything you like from the early 90’s cartoon coupled with the brilliant Arkham series of games. Even the things that people normally complain about when it comes to Batman, the suit, the batmobile, the batwing and the batcave, are all excellently realised.
Right from the go Snyder has you hooked through some clever call backs to Man of Steel that set up the antagonistic relationship between our heroes. 300, Watchmen, Sucker Punch and Man of Steel have shown that Zach Snyder knows how to frame action sequences and Batman V Superman:Dawn of Justice is no different. We’ve seen what he can do with massive action set pieces and his ability to lift something straight from the comic book is on show here once again.
There are problems with what you can do with Superman and Snyder is not the first to encounter them. If you present your hero as a god how do you take him down to our level, that is answered at the 90 minute mark. The titular battle between Batman and Superman is something you need to see on the big screen as is the sequence from the trailer where Batman takes down a bunch of baddies at the port of Gotham.
As we mentioned in our trailer breakdown, Batman’s mech suit is only there to give him that extra second to stay ahead of Superman. Snyder uses this work around to great effect during their battle which makes it easier for us to be invested in the long-awaited fight.
It’s no secret that Wonder Woman is in the movie but when she does show up there are two things that stand out.
When she does appear the action picks up a notch and it definitely adds to the excitement for her solo adventure.
This is not a perfect movie, it’s far from it. There are a number of sequences that seem forced and it’s difficult to understand how this was let leave the editing room in such a state.
But it does have a number of redeeming features that make it worth checking out if only to hear Wonder Woman’s theme tune and to see Ben Affleck own the role of Batman.