Benz Eye View: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Pros:

1.) Batman is the coolest character in this movie (although there is one trait that really bothers me which I will get to in a minute).  Not only did they describe his origin well in a matter of minutes, but you get why he does not trust Superman.  Ben Affleck did a great job, and I hope to see him again in the Suicide Squad.  Even Wonder Woman was pretty awesome despite being in the movie for a few moments.  As for Superman…I will get to that in a moment.

2.) The action scenes are well done (especially the ones with Batman).  While the more chaotic action scenes are mindless, I am willing to let it pass, because they are a little entertaining (and that is saying much).

3.) I like the premise of the movie.  The fact that a person like Superman can be considered a god, and people will either love or fear him.  He may have super powers, but that does not make him a god; just an alien with super powers.  I was hoping that they can deliver their message well…

 

Cons:

1.) …Which they did not.  There are moments where it seems to be going somewhere good, but something happens that completely throws those good moments.  One moment, they are trying show something great, and they ruin it by doing something stupid.

2.) This movie goes on for WAY TOO LONG.  I blame it on the pacing and editing.  The movie either goes on a scene for too long or too short.  One example of a scene going too long is the court room scene (which could have been interesting if the moment was not ruined with something stupid that happened), and a scene that goes too short is a monologue speech with Superman and Martha Kent, which after she is done, the movie cuts to the next scene.

3.) The writing is such a mess.  There are so many things that I just did not care (i.e. Superman is still boring.  Not to mention his romantic relationship with Lois Lane is dry.)  and Batman seems to be completely different than the one in the comics and Nolan films ((SPOILERS FOR BATMAN FANS) Batman kills in this movie).  Plus, they are poorly foreshadowing the events of the next movies (i.e. Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg have cameos in the movie).  Seriously, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has more subtle ways of foreshadowing their movies (for the most part).

 

Overall:

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the second movie of the DC Extended Universe so they called.  The first movie of this movie universe, Man of Steel was terrible.  With this movie, I hoped that they will learn their failures from the last movie, and give a great treatment for this one.  I am sad to say that they did NOT learn their lessons for the most part.  All this time and effort, and they could NOT manage to create a cohesive and interesting film?  Not to mention, the sequel-baiting moments (which there are plenty) that just cries out, “We are going to make the Justice League movies (Part 1 and 2), and we are hoping you are going to love it.”  Maybe we will, but you are off to a VERY bad start.  Poor story, characters (with the somewhat exception of Batman), and a sense of direction that baffles me.  It is slightly better than Man of Steel, but that is not saying much.  If you want to watch something that shows the true meaning of DC comics in any other media, watch the DC Animated Universe.  They did a much better job than this movie can.  If you want to watch a film universe about superheroes, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is doing very well so far.  Let’s hope Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman do well when they come out, because if they do not, the DC Extended Universe is going to fall apart really fast.

2.5/10

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