Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a 2016 American superhero film featuring the DC Comics characters Batman and Superman. It is a follow-up to 2013’s Man of Steel and the second installment in the DC Extended Universe. Dawn of Justice is the first live-action film to feature both Batman and Superman, as well as the first theatrical film to feature live-action portrayals of Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash. Eighteen months after the destructive battle in Metropolis (Man of Steel), Superman has become a controversial figure. Billionaire Bruce Wayne, who has covertly operated in Gotham City as vigilante “Batman” for nearly two decades, blames Superman for the mass casualties that resulted from his fight with General Zod. Superman, in his public identity as Daily Planet journalist Clark Kent, sees Batman as dangerous and seeks to expose him.
The reviews for batman v superman: dawn of justice are already out there and some very spoiler-filled. Heck check out the wiki article for a blow by blow commentary. What I am going to give you is my impressions of the flick ok…
The overall tone of the movie is 9/11. Its dark, its gritty and its terrorist filled violence. Lois Lane is an investigator in love. She is hunting for the truth no matter where it leads. She isn’t always the smartest cookie but she is perceptive. Hunting leads and hounding powerful people.
Lex Luthor is young. We see him before he develops his poise and menace. This is more than anything else his creation story. One thing in particular stands out his quote about god. “if god is all-powerful then he can’t be all good and if god is all good then he can’t be all-powerful” This quote is the center of the movie. Lex illustrating the first part, Superman the second and batman treading the narrow middle ground.
Superman, superman, superman… We see a young superman. Fresh off the heels of his victorious battle with zod, fresh from smallville, he is a bull in a china shop. No matter what he does, he certainly makes an impression. He is the story. He is the one who makes the big sacrifices. He does what no one else can do not because he wants to but because he has to. He enters the fight not looking to preserve his life but looking for victory. He is rocky.
Batman certainly is better fleshed out. He is a real world batman. He hurts a lot of people which is batman. He operates like a ninja. He overcomes tremendous obstacles both physical in the form of superman and mental in the form of lex. One problem… he is the japanese batman. america has always had a problem with batman in his truest form. Batman does not carry guns, or use guns. Batman is 90% brain and 10% brawn. Batman isn’t a psycho but a measured response to an unreasonable world. The very idea of batman is dangerous enough. This batman is true to tim burton’s batman, arkham asylum’s batman, not nolan’s batman and definitely not the comics. In this movie batman kills a lot of people and that is seen a better than superman’s collateral damage body count.
Wonder woman is the only character that actually looks and acts like herself. By far, the best action scene in the entire movie are centered around her. By the look on her face, you can tell she is actually enjoying the fight. She is an amazon. She is a warrior. Not just that, I loved here battle theme music. Batman and superman are the new kids on the block. She is a battle hardened warrior. She is a veteran. She has seen it all, done it all and just got sick and tired of it all. Of the big three, she is the most mature as a fighter and a person. Superman is the fresh recruit. Batman is the ptsd victim. Wonderwoman is the well adjusted veteran who properly hates war but will throw down if it comes to it.
The movie draws heavily from…
THE DEATH OF BATMAN BATMAN
I am sure there are other sources but those two stand out to me… As for me, I give it a thumbs up…
It succeeded in
1. giving us the creation myth of lex luthor
2. introducing us to various members of justice league
3. giving us some spectacular fights
4. giving us some nice previews
5. setting up wonderwoman as a character… short and sweet.
6. making wonderwoman look cool
7. I loved the references to the matrix… rain fight scene and bathroom scene
where it fails
1. this movie will seem confusing to the uninitiated
2. there are lots of side stories that are not explored or too explored
3. too many dream sequences
4. too much talking… cavil was the only character that got it right…
5. tried to make it a batman story… it took too long to setup batman as a character
6. giving batman guns instead of alternate cool offensive weapons. nonlethal is bats style