Comic book movies are pretty much everywhere, nowadays. It seems like no matter where one looks, a movie based off of a superhero is playing. And today’s feature is another one of these examples: “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”. Here, we are pitted two of comic book’s greatest superheroes against each other, and the end result is split down the middle. Seriously, this movie is just okay, one could obviously see all of the predictability that this movie conveys and not guess where the film is headed. While there are some good elements thrown into the movie, one cannot ignore all the flaws that the film has to offer. “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” sounds good on paper, but the execution is mostly poor.
The story has Superman (Henry Cavil) getting questioned for his actions from the attack by General Zod (Michael Shannon) a few years ago. One of the people watching is Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) who saw many of his workers die on that tragic day. Now, using alter ego Batman, Wayne must find out who the Man of Steel is: an ally or an enemy. On top of this, Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) has set up a plan to pit Batman and Superman to fight each other to the death. The question remains: who will come out victorious?
“Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” is not bad, but it’s not good either. Let’s get the bad stuff out of the way first.
For starters, the main story is basically a set up for a Justice League movie that producer DC Comics will be involved with. Heck, this clue is in the title of the movie; there’s little credibility given here. Some of the supporting cast are only there just to give out a small role to provide the movie with what is necessary, but it feels unnecessary to actually see them knowing that their performance, while good, was somewhat wasted. This holds especially true for Wonder Woman, who is basically there as a quick cameo, and another reminder that a Justice League movie is happening. The pacing is very long; at nearly two and a half hours, the movie makes the viewer wonder when is it going to be over, and how much more do the filmmakers need to put in? The music by Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL is nice, but it provides that hardcore rock anthem that’s being associated with these types of movies.
And then there’s Jessie Eisenberg as Le Luthor. This guy is trying to be a diabolical villain, but it comes off as childish and a bit whiny. On top of this, Lex is shown most throughout the movie with, and doesn’t become the bald iconic bad guy until the very end. And when it happens, it is laughably bad. So, yeah, Eisenberg as Lex is totally miscast, and had a bad sense of direction from Zack Snyder.
Now onto the good things that this film offers up. Zack Snyder handled the direction of this movie pretty well, considering that the entire production is pretty chaotic. Our main leads of Affleck and Cavil do a good job in their respective roles, so there’s really nothing to complain about there. Some of the older cast like Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, and Holly Hunter do great jobs despite how little screen time they are given. And of course, with any big budget superhero action flick, the special effects and action provided are good, and the last couple of minutes provide enough action to satisfy any action fan.
In conclusion, “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” is technically a bad film, but at the same time, it offers up not a whole lot to the superhero genre. Let’s just hope that maybe there will better executions in the near future.