I watched Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with my roommate the other day. She wore her Wonder Woman tank while I wore my Women of Marvel tank, so you can guess that we weren’t really expecting the movie to be super amazing. For the most part, I kept myself spoiler free though I heard that the reviews for the movie weren’t positive. Still, I wanted to see it for myself and judge it on my own.
Below the cat are spoilers for the movie:
In a word? Wonder Woman was great (and how awkward is it that that’s the first thing I say about the movie? Exactly). Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman wasn’t that bad, which isn’t saying much because the movie was so bad. Most of that was because the writing was just plain horrible, didn’t make much sense, and there were plot holes as tall as I am (and I’m 5’8″). I kept biting back the urge to shout at the movie screen, “What are you doing? Stop it!”
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a sequel to Man of Steel, the latest rebooted Superman movie with Henry Cavill and addresses the consequences of the ending of that movie which was the amount of death and destruction that occurred when Superman fought General Zod. It’s the reason why Batman has a beef with Superman as one of the buildings that were destroyed during the fight was a Wayne building. It makes some sense, at least more so than why Superman has against Batman. The thing is, 18 months have gone by since Man of Steel and Superman hasn’t destroyed the world. Why does Batman think Superman will anytime soon, especially since the movie shows scenes of Superman saving people time and time again?
Superman’s beef against Batman makes very little sense in the scheme of things. He thinks Batman is trampling on civil liberties and is a menace. Clark is somewhat taken aback because it looks like the police are helping Batman to do what he does and tries to get Perry White to allow him to write an expose on the Dark Knight. Perry doesn’t care and tells Clark to write about football instead, but Clark is having none of it. He wants everyone to know just how terrible the Batman really is!
Okay, fine, but it doesn’t make any sense. Why? Because it’d been said a few times during the movie that Batman had been active for 20 years. 20. Years. No wonder Perry doesn’t care about Batman since it’s 20 year old news. Gotham City doesn’t care that Batman is operating in their city. If the movie storyline had gone with Clark being worried about the escalation of Batman’s methods since he seems to be branding criminals, that would have made more sense, but not the fact that Batman exists and is doing what he’s doing. Clark Kent, you are 20 years too late.
I understand that the studio wanted a more darker, grittier superhero movie, perhaps to compete with Marvel’s superhero movies that are much lighter in tone, but if that’s the case, then why is Lex Luthor the way he is in this movie? This Lex Luthor is played by Jesse Eisenberg and the first thing you’ll notice is that this Lex has hair. Long hair. Why? Not to mention, this Lex is quite campy and doesn’t fit in with the darker, grittier style of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He also doesn’t feel like any Lex Luthor that I know.
As an aside, it was weird that Lex Luthor knew Superman and Batman’s identities (and maybe knew about it for at least two years?) but we weren’t shown how he knew. It was just bam, he says it like it was nothing at all. Uh, way to tell not show, movie.
The reason why Batman and Superman stop fighting and start working together is pretty stupid, too. The people in the theater made disbelieving noises about it when it happened. Superman, why didn’t you shout out what you needed to say from the get go? Also why did Superman shout out the name Martha instead of shouting out “Save my mom!”? Pretty sure Batman would have stopped at the mom part and then Superman could have said, “My mom, Martha. Save her.” Urgh, so awkward.
It’s also pretty stupid of Batman to have wasted so much Kryptonite for 3 gas shots and a tiny spear. Batman is a smart man. This wasn’t that smart. Nor was the way Batman challenged Superman in their fight.
I will admit that watching Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman battling against Doomsday was great to see on the big screen. Wonder Woman has no fear going up against Doomsday, not even when it’s mentioned that Doomsday is not of this world. She keeps fighting and shrugging off Doomsday attacks as she charges back in for more. Her lasso even makes an appearance in the movie as she holds Doomsday steady while Batman gasses him with Kryptonite and Superman stabs him with the Kryptonite spear.
The movie also showed appearances of Aquaman, Cyborg, and the Flash (not the same actor from the show Flash) who’ll appear in the future Justice League movie.
Superman dies, or “dies” since the ending scene of the movie suggests otherwise, and it was pretty stupid. Why didn’t Wonder Woman hold the spear? She’s plenty strong and best of all, she’s not weak against Kryptonite! Batman wants to get the metahumans he found in Lex Luthor’s files together with Wonder Woman. There’s also no scenes after the end of the credits.
My roommate and I left the theater angry because the plot was awful, and it wasn’t even the kind that’s “so bad it’s good” kind of awful. I just hope that the rest of the movies from DC aren’t this terrible. I actually want to watch the Wonder Woman movie. Same with Suicide Squad. I guess the bright side is that Ben Affleck didn’t fail me as Batman.