Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice [2016] ★★★

 08d16d4567f303c46f16a66041eca2f620352f4bThe wait is over. The superhero event of the year is finally here. “Batman V Superman” emerges as a blockbuster that is compelling, well crafted and perfectly cast. As someone who had no idea what to expect from Ben Affleck as the caped crusader, I now emit a huge sigh of relief. Without spoiling too much, I think Ben Affleck IS Batman and he is here to stay. That’s not to say that the movie is without flaws. I still find director Zach Snyder’s approach ponderous at times (see “Watchmen” and “Man of Steel”), especially with so much exposition to do and so many characters to develop. But credit Snyder and his screenwriters Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer (who also wrote “Man of Steel”) for trying to do the impossible in a superhero epic: take us somewhere we haven’t been before. Among its prime assets are the new role of a lunatic Lex Luthor created for Jesse Einsenberg, who did an excellent job in my opinion, and a memorable role for veteran actor Jeremy Irons, who brings his A game as the devoted butler Alfred. Gal Gadot has fun with her character who eventually turns out to be Wonder Woman, and Henry Cavill is still the solid Superman he was in “Man of Steel”.  They are joined by a superior ensemble including Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne and Holly Hunter. I still wish the movie didn’t take so many storytelling detours, but I’m willing to forgive that because Snyder gives us such a terrific second act. I’m not only talking about the pulse pounding battle scenes so much as the grand finale that brings every character full-circle in the most satisfying way imaginable. For that alone, Snyder should earn the gratitude of comic book fans around the world. Now I can’t wait to see where all these characters go next.

Rating: 3/4

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  1. I would give it half the score you did. The plot was all over the place with so many underdeveloped subplots. The graphics were underwhelming, it’s very boring during some parts, they could’ve easily shortened it by 30 mins or an hour.
    Granted I’m not a die-hard superhero movie fan, but to rate this movie the same as Deadpool (3/4) does not really make sense to me.

    • I’d definitely agree with fadichammas here. This is not a great or good movie. This isn’t a horrible film by any means. Batman and Wonder Woman were great, and Henry Cavil as Superman is good but has lack of development. They are stuck in this bland, mediocre film that just gets worse when you think about it, and this is a guy who has seen the film two times now! Terrible and on-the-nose writing, weak and convoluted storylines, several plot holes that do stand out, B v S is weak, Lex Luthor is a complete joke in both writing and performance, horribly edited and choppy film, and a movie so desperate to catch up with Marvel that it doesn’t justify the Justice League cameos in the film (Cyborg, really?) I’d give 2/4 but I’m glad you enjoyed the film.

  2. It was not a bad movie at all. People are directing hate for valid reasons but those who say they wanted to walk out of the theater halfway are pushing it. We got the best Batman to date and that alone made the movie for me. It’s like something straight out of Arkham City with the fighting and smashing and the fear he instills. But the thing is I wish they just toned down the Lois Lane and gave us more Supes. And speaking of Superman, I really loved his character in Man of Steel but now he’s super angry all the time and to an extent a confused bully. Wasn’t bad acting, just the way the character was portrayed. Same for Lex Luthor. Acting was great but who the hell turned Lex into the Joker? Oh well. Again, I agree with your review besides these points. Solid Alfred. Solid Wonder Woman. Just don’t let the reviews make you cut budgets for next films WB!!!

    • For me, I’m nothing like those people who wanted to leave the theatre. This is an interesting movie to watch, especially for DC fans and comic book and superhero fans like me. I’m never going to tell you you’re wrong for liking a movie that I didn’t like. On the contrary, I’m glad you liked the film and you enjoyed it. For me, I just wanted more than just an average flick starring Batman and Superman, especially when you have a movie that is supposed to set up the DC Cinematic Universe, in which the movie lacked, and I blame the studio for pushing us to get to Justice League. I’m glad the movie made a lot of money so that way I’m excited for the upcoming solo movies, but I’m not really for a Justice League movie next year, directed by Zack Snyder. If it was me, postpone the JL for two-three years and get the solo movies. I don’t think WB will fire Snyder, but I’m not surprised if they do that and get someone like a Matthew Vaughn or George Miller.

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