Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ★★★★

Let's be honest- a lot of people want this movie to fail. Ever since it was announced at Comic-Con 2013, people have been bitching and moaning about how it was too soon for a new Batman, with The Dark Knight Rises having only come out the summer before. Not to mention the fact that Man of Steel turned out to be a divisive film among fans.

Then came the announcement of Ben Affleck as our next Batman the following August. More bitching. More moaning. 

Then the announcement of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in December. Even more bitching. Even more moaning. 

Then the announcement of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in January 2014. Extreme amounts of bitching. Extreme amounts of moaning. 

Then we learned that Zack Snyder was going to use this film as the full kick-off to the DC cinematic universe, with Cyborg, Aquaman, and the Flash all set to appear. This was no longer a sequel to Man of Steel. Bitching and moaning everywhere.

As for myself, I have been on the sidelines during this whole process. It really has been quite a journey leading up to this movie. I'm a huge fan of superheroes but I mainly watch the movies and play the games. I've only read a handful of comics (The Dark Knight Returns, for example). Batman is my favorite superhero of all time but I'm pretty foggy with the rest of the DC universe, despite being familiar with it's characters all my life. 

Marvel has been hitting it out of the park with their movies but with the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, I could tell I'm getting fatigued with the MCU. I still look forward to each new release but I'm yearning for something new. The MCU is a pretty straight forward representation of these superheroes- the danger never gets too real as to maintain a sense of humor to keep the films family friendly. It really does feel like a Marvel comic book. As weird as it may sound, Marvel movies are getting to be too much fun for me.

DC, however, is proving to be a much more realistic-ish look on what it'd be like if these beings lived in our world. Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy was pretty much a crime thriller that featured a man dressed as a bat. Man of Steel focused on Kal-El's struggle to fit in with human society and how to properly use his powers. As someone who has never been a huge fan of Superman, I absolutely loved Man of Steel. It's a great film with what I consider one of the best scores of all time by the mastermind Hans Zimmer.

It has some flaws but I absolutely loved Batman v Superman. This is a movie for the fans, and from what I've been hearing fan response has been much higher than critics. I truly believe Ben Affleck is now the best interpretation of Batman. Yes, he does kill but I appreciate a different take on the character. And Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Holy shit. She may not be in it a ton but when she is, it is fucking amazing. My entire theater was erupting with applause. Some even got out of their seat (including myself)

I can understand why this is a divisive film though. The first hour, maybe hour and a half is mostly drama between Superman's power being second guessed by the government and Batman learning more about Superman and how to stop him. Lex is there as he searches for Kryptonite and tries to gather people to rally against Superman. I enjoyed all of it....never bored.

Speaking of Lex, I may be bias due to me being a huge fan of Jesse Eisenberg, but I really loved his interpretation of the character. Granted I am not as familiar with the Superman mythos as I am Batman, but Eisenberg's Lex is clearly a smart, capable billionaire who knows what he wants- to stop Superman. What can I say, I dug it.

I was surprised by how much screen time Lois Lane had. There are quite a few scenes that just focus on Clark & Lois' relationship and I found those to be exceptional. Amy Adams is great in every role she does so having a great actress like her among the crowd was more than welcome.

The showdown itself- between Batman and Superman- is absolutely amazing and mind blowing........except it only lasts about 7 minutes. Yeeeeeeeeah. I don't have a huge problem with that but I can see why others will, seeing as the movie is called Batman v Superman. That isn't the only action scene though, there are plenty through out, with a fantastic car chase with Batman and the final fight with Doomsday. 

That final fight was amazing. There's no denying Zack Snyder is a master at capturing action, but it would have been even more amazing if the trailers hadn't spoiled Doomsday for us. Seriously if we hadn't known that I'm pretty sure fanboys would have had a heart attack. 

I saw the movie 5 hours ago and I gotta be honest, the one thing I can't get off my mind is how amazing Wonder Woman was. Her theme song, which I had been listening to for the past week, is so fucking awesome and unlike any other superhero theme. Diana doesn't have a ton of lines but it's almost not even needed. When she gets hit by Doomsday she has this amazing smirk like she's absolutely loving the fight before getting back on her feet. I'm so excited to see her solo film next year. It's about time we had a kick ass female superhero. Oh, and for those of you complaining about "She with you?" "I thought she was with you.", it's no where near as cheesy in the actual movie. The trailer butchered it.

There are a bunch of spoilers I want to talk about but I'm going to wait until after I see the movie again and write a spoiler review. In the end, Batman v Superman is amazing in my eyes. It has flaws (most of which I can't really talk about right now because of spoilers) but if I'm being honest, I'll take this over the MCU any day. This is different. This is dark. This is gritty. I loved Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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