Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ★★½

There is potential here for a legitimately profound superhero epic, but the film gets bogged down in a plethora of interesting thematic concerns that don't get the attention they deserve. The plotting of this thing never gets revving either until later in the picture when the longwinded set-up gets straight to the point. Snyder stages the action of the iconic battle between Batman and Superman with relish however, embracing his comic book staging to the utmost of his abilities. It's as if Snyder works best in individual moments than as a well-rounded storyteller. All that said, Ben Affleck as Batman is the highlight for me. He dedicates himself to the role like a man possessed, getting to the heart of the tortured character with ease. He pops of the screen maybe even more than the visuals do. So no, the film isn't "too dark", it's simply trying to tackle too many things at once to ever really come together in a satisfying fashion. I respect the ambition though. Better than delivering the same expected nonsense that this genre has run into the ground.

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