The crossover fight that many DC fans have been waiting for, “God vs. man, day vs. night”, the battle between the man of steel Superman and the dark knight Batman. Competing and catching up to what Marvel has successfully done in creating a superhero movie universe where everything connects, DC Entertainment tries to replicate Marvel’s successful formula, however ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ continues the misfire that is the DC Extended Universe.
The film starts off with Bruce Wayne’s origins, quite quickly, and very rushed, so we can get to see Bruce’s point of view on the events of ‘Man of Steel’, however with the destruction causing many casualties injured, Bruce Wayne thinks Superman isn’t this God like figure, instead he is just like the bad guys, and faces in a battle between the man of steel against the caped crusader, the dark knight.
There are plenty of problems with this latest entry of the DC Extended Universe, however I do want to start off with what I liked and thought worked well, as this movie isn’t completely bad, as it does feature some aspects which I thought worked well. The plot of Superman being portrayed as this God from the sky or secretly the devil waiting to implode as he is all mighty and powerful, I really liked this aspect of the movie, and helps elevates Superman’s feelings for his reasoning in saving mankind and whether or not the world needs Superman.
The film’s biggest draw of the cinematic fight between two favourite heroes was entertaining, filled with plenty of action and tension needed in what you’d expect from a big popcorn blockbuster – although, the fight’s abrupt conclusion could have been more effective between the two heroes.
Having seen Henry Cavill’s Superman in ‘Man of Steel’, he manages a good performance, and really liked his character as he manages to be good, in order to help people in trouble. Ben Affleck fits his role as Bruce Wayne, although I didn’t like Batman’s full villain mode in this movie, escaping from the hero aspects I liked in the character in his previous incarnations.
The film’s problems is due from poor pacing at times, and its weak narrative, which at times is confusing to follow, throwing many subplots at you in the film’s first twenty minutes, although you eventually find your way in what’s happening on screen, but it is a bit jarring at first, jumping from different points of time and different scenes that revolve around Bruce, Clark and Lois.
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman didn’t leave an impression on me, which I was really hoping to love, as I was excited to see what the ‘Fast & Furious’ star could bring to the character’s first live-action big screen appearance, but was sound at best, although her limited screen time didn’t help her character either, feeling like a last minute thrown in to the film type thing, which is extremely disappointing. Maybe her origin story should have come first before this crossover film?
Doomsday (it’s not a spoiler, the character was featured in the trailers, thank you for ruining it in the marketing) comes off as too animated, rather than a formidable and dangerous threat to our favourite superheroes, and reminded me a bit of the extreme heavy visuals of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’.
Jesse Eisenberg’s performance as Lex Luther is also very animated, over-the-top, but not in a good way, coming off extremely silly, in the film’s very much serious dark tone, despite with a laugh or two during the film.
Lois Lane is nothing more than a damsel in distress, despite her willingness of trying to save the day in certain scenes. Even to a further extent, the dream sequences this film feature are confusing and feature no meaning. At times I was like, what is happening on screen?
‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ is a massive letdown that features some potential for brilliance, however it’s just disappointing that the overall film comes off as slow, with poor pacing and unfocused narrative, with missing characterization to certain characters and the wow factor that I was hoping for after the misfire of ‘Man of Steel’ in 2013.
Here’s hoping that ‘Suicide Squad’ reverses DC Extended Universe’s film track record. Please, please let ‘Suicide Squad’ be great.