As a comic book reader, I’ve always wanted to see Batman and Superman in a movie together. When Warner Brothers finally announced at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con that they would not only be in a movie together but also would be fighting each other in a movie called Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, I got really excited. When I learned that the movie is going to based off the graphic novel “The Dark Knight Returns” in which Batman and Superman fight each other, I said to myself that this movie was going to be awesome. When they announced that Ben Affleck would play Batman, a lot of people were furious because he played Daredevil in 2003, and that movie was okay, but I thought that Affleck deserved another chance. More casting was announced: Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and a few others.
First, Ben Affleck as Batman was amazing. He is arguably the best Batman on the Silver Screen we have ever had, and Affleck as Bruce Wayne was decent. Most of the time you see Batman in the movie. Henry Cavill reprised his role as Superman, and he was better in this movie than in “Man of Steel.” His acting has gotten a lot better, and he looks like Superman straight out of the comic books. The movie was visually impressive thanks to Zack Snyder, the director. The action was intense and watching Batman and Superman fight was impressive and the last action scene kept me on my toes.
Marvel knows how to write good superhero movies and makes you care for the characters, but DC Comics has a long way to go because the character Lex Luthor was written poorly and his motives for hating Superman were unclear. Luthor’s portrayal was so over the top, he was like a cartoon on screen, and I really didn’t like that.
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Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman was alright, but she didn’t need to be in the movie. She didn’t add anything and her appearance made no sense; she was just there to tease the audience about the Wonder Woman movie.
In fact, the whole movie just kept teasing viewers with the Justice League movie coming out soon with cameos from most of the Justice League members, but that was another issue. By teasing us, the movie showed that it lacked focus, a huge problem with Zack Snyder’s directing. I like Snyder, but honestly the movie would have been better if someone else would’ve directed it, like George Miller or Joss Whedon. They know how to use a bunch of characters’ and make you care for them, like Whedon’s “Avengers” or Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” both of those movies have a bunch of characters in the movie and they made you care about them and what happens to them, while telling a compelling story.
I know I have criticized this movie, but I did enjoy it, too. However, it is a huge disappointment, and if someone walked up to me and said they hated this movie, I would completely understand. This movie has so much potential to be a great movie and it could of gave Marvel a run for this movie, hopefully the next DC movie “Suicide Squad” will be better than any superhero movie that comes out this year. I’m a huge DC fan and I want them to make good movies, but this is a step in the wrong direction, hopefully they learn from their mistakes.
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