When a headlining band goes on stage, usually they have one or two opening acts. Normally the headliner wants a band that doesn’t perform well to open for them. Basically a band that sucks, or may have a good couple sets, but overall they don’t upstage the main act. What does this have to do with Batman vs. Superman? Everything in the movie world.
Zack Snyder who directed Batman versus Superman made his mark with such films like 300, Watchman, and the most recent Man of Steel, takes on the task of directing Batman vs Superman. This has been a project that Warner Brothers has postpone since the early 2000’s. He takes on the film that was heavily anticipated but with high expectations to live up to. Can he pull off the expectations?
Batman versus Superman starts off during the ending of the last Superman movie. The audience watches the fight between Superman (played by Henry Cavil) against Zod from the eyes of Bruce Wayne. However with the major recklessness and destruction of downtown Metropolis, Bruce Wayne (20 years older than the last movie) played by Ben Affleck is running back to his building, trying to save as many people as possible from the destruction, and feeling a remorse for the people that were getting hurt or died in the damage done due to the fight.
Months after the aftermath, the reception of Superman is mixed throughout the world. People embraced him as a God or hated and/or feared him, because he has enough power to destroy the world and no one has any way to stop him. Regardless of the actual truth, Batman grows the belief that someone needs to kill Superman. At the same time Clark Kent is trying to figure out who Batman is and upset about branding criminals with his vigilante mark of the bat. At the same time, Lex Luther (Jesse Eisenberg) has bigger plans on how to control Superman, and studying through his company how to reach ultimate power and control over everyone and have world dominance…or at least disturb the balance of good versus evil.
Through it all, the audience are introduced to Wonder Woman (played by Gal Gadot) and that discovering that there are other beings with supernatural powers in our world that Lex Luther has been seeking them out. This is the Dawn of the Justice League.
Big Shoes to Fill:
Like I mentioned earlier about an opening act. Batman versus Superman had unrealistic expectations due to two different reasons.
The first reason is because of Marvel’s success with the Avengers. Since Marvel’s Avengers was successful and entertaining, with all the movies before it came out, anything that comes out regarding superhero (regardless who puts it out) will all be compared to Marvel. In fact when I saw the film, a huge amount of people waited through the credits because they have been trained by Marvel to see a sneak peak of the next film at the end. When it ended and there was nothing, I heard a comment from a viewer saying “this is what Marvel does better that DC.” The comparison between films will rival throughout.
The second reason is the distance between Dark Knight Rises and this film. It is only has been 3 years since the best batman franchise ended, and now a new franchise is starting up for Batman. It is an unfair disadvantage because they could’ve still used Ben Affleck as the older batman, but because Dark Knight Rises ends that ‘Batman’ died by taking the bomb out to sea, how do you bring him back to life in the city of Gotham even though he was still alive? You can’t. The way director Christopher Nolan ended the last Batman, screwed anything Batman franchise for the future. Now, you have to recreate Batman in the version of the justice league all over again.
The second reason is more of an impact than the first reason. Why? It is because Marvel and DC drive similar but also different crowds for the most part. Batman is grimmer and serious versus Marvel. So if anything DC/Warner Bros did it to themselves. They didn’t plan well the ending of Dark Knight Rises to help any future films. They must have known they were doing Justice League and resulted in poor management.
With all that being said before, Batman vs Superman started off strong and then gradually became jumbled in the middle. The acting was great, especially of Ben Affleck as Batman. He did a great job of taking on an older Batman, which we haven’t seen before. For the most part, the acting was good overall. The portrayal of Wonder Woman couldn’t be done better, and it be cool to see her own movie segment in the future. The only character that got old real quickly in the film was Lois Lane played by Amy Adams. Her irrationality at the end of the film put a kink into the ending fight sequence. She could’ve been cut out of the latter part of the film and it would have been smoother.
What didn’t work was the script. There was too many holes in the storyline that either just didn’t add up or didn’t make any sense. It could be that way for now until other films comes out and explains why Lex Luther knew so much about all the characters before the character did. Also why Bruce Wayne didn’t understand why Superman was fighting Zod, which was explained in Man of Steel (2013). There some other questions that I don’t want to include for people who still haven’t seen the film.
The film live up to the expectation of enough fight scenes. Any one says anything different, just read the title of the movie…VS doesn’t only mean a fight in court…
The film could have been a little bit shorter, but overall it was well done. It is definitely one movie that needs to be seen on the big screen. I don’t think it will be the best film in the DC universe to come, but it is one film will get better with time.
I give 3 out of 5 Stars
If you like this film, I recommend:
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Harry Potter: Prisoner of Azkaban