Title: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Written by: Chris Terrio, David S. Goyer
Based on: Characters from DC Comics
Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Holly Hunter, and Laurence Fishburne
Music by: Hans Zimmer, Junkie XL
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Running Time: 151 minutes
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action throughout, and some sensuality
Production Companies: RatPac-Dune Entertainment, DC Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment, Cruel and Unusual Films
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
It’s been nearly two years since Superman’s (Henry Cavill) colossal battle with Zod (Michael Shannon) devastated the city of Metropolis. The loss of life and collateral damage left many feeling angry and helpless, including crime-fighting billionaire Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck). Convinced that Superman is now a threat to humanity, Batman embarks on a personal vendetta to end his reign on Earth, while the conniving Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) launches his own crusade against the Man of Steel.
The first hour—or half an hour or more—of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is super boring. Like seriously, I literally nearly went to sleep because it’s too bloody boring. If I have to analogy my eyes with lamps, my eyes were only 5 watts left before they shut down entirely. I don’t about you, but I found Batman kind of annoying and he was supposed to be my favourite superhero from DC Comics. I don’t really get it why everyone is mad at Superman in this film. Well, they did say the reason, but I just don’t get it. Perhaps because I haven’t watched Man of Steel (2013), so I don’t really understand. I guess both films are somehow connected, though I don’t know in what way. So to be safe, you can watch Man of Steel first. I am not saying you must watch Man of Steel first, to understand most of the story because I still can follow up the story in this film. However, there are some parts that I don’t understand and I think I will be able to understand it if I watch Man of Steel. Nonetheless, you can still enjoy the film. Actually, scratch that. You can enjoy the film after the first hour.
“Most of the world doesn’t share your opinion, Mr Wayne.” – Clark Kent
So basically, too much talking at the beginning of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I am pretty much sure that if they put more action in the beginning, the film would become way better. The storyline—the overall storyline—kind of not as interesting as I hope. The villain, most importantly, has unclear reason to become the villain. I don’t know if it’s just me or everyone thinks so too. But seriously, the villain is the most ridiculous villain I’ve ever met. I mean, why the hell he did such thing? It doesn’t make any sense at all. The reason is not strong enough. Three words to describe the villain: he is psychotic. I think there are no other words that can describe him other than that.
I think the plus points of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice are Superman and Wonder Woman. I am not saying Ben Affleck is not handsome because he sure is. But come one, Henry Cavill is too handsome and too hot that he can beat the handsomeness of Affleck. Seriously. My focus went to Clark Kent/Superman all the time. He’s just too handsome. And what’s more ridiculous, after all this time, I always thought he’s American when he’s actually British. Seriously, there is no trace of any British accent in his voice. None! He’s just great. Henry Cavill has made me change my favourite superhero from Batman to Superman. I used to not like Superman, but a Superman like Henry Cavill? Well, I don’t think anyone can resist. He’s very sexy, hot, and handsome. Seriously.
As for the Wonder Woman, okay, I don’t think I have to say much. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman is very jaw-dropping. She’s super sexy and super hot! I think all eyes—especially men’s—will go straight to her whenever she’s on screen. She is just so beautiful and so sexy and hot. Gal Gadot really has stolen the show somehow. It really is a dynamic duo between Superman and Wonder Woman. I think they really picked the right actor and actress for the roles. They really are the plus points of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Amy Adams as Lois Lane is also wonderful. I think you don’t have to doubt her acting skill at all. Her five Oscars nominations are not for nothing, right? Lois Lane is supposed to be a black hair woman but here, Amy Adams’s hair is still red like her true hair. I don’t if this is a controversy among comic books fans but I don’t mind at all. I think Lois Lane looks fantastic with her red hair.
Even though the film is pretty much boring in the beginning, nearly at the end of the film—or the last half film—the story, mainly the actions, became better. There are more actions, less talking, and less confusing act. I don’t really love this film but I do love the presence of Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot here. Sorry, Affleck! Ben Affleck has shown us a different kind of Batman, although it’s not a bad thing in the end, but at first, he’s kind of annoying. I am not a DC fan so I can’t say if he’s better than Christian Bale’s Batman or not. But surely, I think he’s not that bad. I don’t know if I like Jeremy Irons’s Alfred or Michael Caine’s but both actors have won Oscars so either Jeremy Irons or Michael Caine who played the role, they both have done a great job. However, I must say Jeremy Irons do have a voice that you can’t possibly forget and to see him as Alfred in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is such a pleasant experience. So I think the replacement of Michael Caine to Jeremy Irons as Alfred—Batman’s butler— is not a bad thing. As for Batman, I do realise not everyone likes Ben Affleck as Batman, but I think it’s not a bad thing either. He has his own charm though I must say I don’t particularly like the Batman that he has played. But Ben Affleck is a good actor and I think he has done a great job.
It’s a bit disappointing to think that more than halftime of the film, we would see Batman fighting Superman and then the end result is kind of meh. Seriously, if they wanted to make an intense fight, at least made it until the end and made sure the solution of those nonsense fights were made sense. The fights itself was already nonsense, that’s why it’s disappointing enough that the solution was also nonsense. Come on, DC, I’m sure you can do better than that. Thankfully, the final battle was more satisfying. I really don’t think the problem of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice rest on the cast or even the acting. Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, and Ben Affleck did their job perfectly. It’s the story that matters. DC seemed unable to make a story that can capture people’s heart. I don’t know about the comic but the film was surely not that good. No wonder people still prefer Marvel’s films. If they really want to succeed and not losing their fans, I suggest DC needs to keep up their game.
In summary, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is not a bad film but it’s not a great film with all the boring parts in the beginning—or half of the film. At least I get to enjoy the ending and of course, I do enjoy watching Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot.
I give Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 7 out of 10 stars.