Last night I finally got to see Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. After the critical mauling the film received – with a score of 29% on Rotten Tomatoes at time of writing – but this is unfair as there is many things to recommend this film. To give you a sense of what I thought of the film I gave it 7 out of 10 on IMDB and would have put it on a level with Ant-man on my count down of 2015 Summer Blockbusters. To explain these thoughts requires spoilers so jump below the break to find out more. Obviously spoilers for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice from here on in.
The Three Myths
A lot of myths have built up around Batman v Superman with stories about how it is humourless, too dark (in the turn the light on way) and generally a bit of a mess. Well the first two things are far from true. Yes a lot of scenes happen at night but you can clearly see what is going on and who everyone is while I found plenty of the one liners funny. I’m also that person who enjoyed Jesse Eisenberg‘s Lex Luthor. Talking of performances, I’m really sorry Amy Adams, I like you a lot, but you are looking more and more miss cast as Lois Lane. None of the hard-bitten, get up and go of an investigative journalist comes across in your performance.
The biggest issue the film has is that it is written backwards from its title as the final act needs to start with the fight the title demands. This results in a lot of dodgy motivations pushed to the illogical max so the two main characters to ensure that they fight. Even with the unneeded destruction of Metropolis in Man of Steel powering Batman the plot never really makes sense of the conflict between the two. Alongside this the film has to introduce a lot of different concepts from metahumans, possible time travel and alien monsters. Yet some how the writers manage to create a vaguely sensible storyline and is no worse than Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The Biggest Problem
The best way to sum up Batman v Superman is say it is the best sequel/continuation of Man of Steel you could possibly get and the main reason for this is the director Zack Snyder. For better or the worse this present form of the DC universe is his brain child so your thoughts on him will make a big difference on how much you enjoy this movie.