Thursday, May 26, 2022

Review: ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ (Aspiring Teen Filmmaker Says Thumbs Down!)


*If you happen to be out and in the mood for a movie, and there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING else out… Then go and see “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

2016 is a big year for the super hero genre, with DC (previously Detective Comics) releasing BVS and “Suicide Squad” (August 5), and Marvel right on their tail with “Captain America: Civil War” (May 6), (which was practically “Avengers 3.”

For years, Disney’s Marvel cinematic universe has been dominating the big screen with a plethora of films under its belt. Warner Bros. is now stepping up to the plate with a lineup of DC comic films to compete against Marvel. These competing universes have set up almost a rivalry between the superhero genre’s fan bases. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was supposed to set the tone for what the new DC universe has to offer.

But those excited for this refreshing new world will be sadly disappointed.

“Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” is not an awful movie. There are certainly movies that are just plain bad, but BVS is ranked very low on my list of Super Hero movies — right above “Green Lantern” (2011).

BVS is like a cup overflowing with way too much water in it. I say this, because the film simply tries to rush and fit in various elements and heroes of the grand DC universe instead of sticking to a point A to point B script; which is typically the best formula for superhero movies.

BVS was directed by Zack Snyder, who also directed “Man of Steel” (2013) an action classic 300. Though Snyder is talented at portraying the action elements of films, which he does in this movie fairly well, his direction of the film’s story arc was jumpy, and dull at many moments.

Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne
Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne

This super hero movie that was sold as a legendary brawl between Superman and Batman, was bogged down by scenes of political talk and lackluster character development that will have no relevance in the future DC films.

Snyder and the script writers started this film exactly where “Man of Steel” left off. It was obvious that Snyder wanted to show the negative psychological impacts that Superman and Zod’s (Man of Steel villain) battle had on the civilians of Metropolis; this led to court cases and hate towards Superman, which made Batman and Wonder Woman’s fun, spy manipulation scenes seem a little out of place. This slow attempt of showing the civilian’s side of things made up 85% percent of Batman v. Superman, making it really “The People v. Superman.”


As I said previously, a majority of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice shows how the world is reacting to the presence of the all-powerful Superman. The film showed that Superman’s destructive battle in “Man of Steel” affected everyone that day including Batman, which caused much hatred towards the one in the blue tights.

Ben Affleck actually does a superb job as portraying Bruce Wayne, and nails the deep Batman voice even better than Christian Bale!

It is obvious that Affleck truly cares about this role and the future that comes with it. But those like myself, who were attached to Bale’s Batman, feel slightly awkward seeing a new Bruce Wayne fight Superman, given the fact that Affleck’s Batman hasn’t been established in his own flick.

Though I’m not a fan of Superman (because he’s perfect, literally) Henry Cavill did a spectacular job in the role. The same goes for Gal Gadot (from “Fast and Furious”) jumping into the Superhero world with a fierce and intelligent portrayal of Wonder Women.

But Like I said for Batman, it was a bit awkward for her to just appear in this movie without having any background context. But she brought a bit of life into the movie for the final scene when standing next to Batman and Superman geared up!

Though the movie’s script was all over the place, the film had a strong supporting cast from Jesse Einsberg and Amy Adams to Lawrence Fishburne. But sadly the acting could not completely save it.

Final Statement: You should only see “Batman V Superman” if you absolutely live for comics or you just NEED a movie to see. Otherwise you should just wait till this movie is eventually shown on TV.

Destin on rocks300Destin Tucker is a 17-year-old aspiring filmmaker and movie buff who plans on majoring in film. He is the grandson of journalist DeBorah B. Pryor and the son of actor, Chris Tucker.




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