Friday, April 1, 2016

Movie Review - Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (PG-13) - By Daniel Kilgallon

Run Time: 151 min

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a new comic book film that follows 2013s Man of Steel as the next installment in the DC Extended Universe. Once again directed by Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300) this film hosts an all-star cast featuring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg and Gal Gadot amongst others. It is worthy to note that this is completely separate from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy with Ben Affleck portraying a whole new incarnation of the Caped Crusader. Needless to say, as a big fan of comic book films in general, I was very excited to see the two most famous superheroes of all time face off in their first live action film together. 

The movie begins with a brief montage of Batman’s early life while going on to show Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) witnessing the destruction of Metropolis by Superman (Henry Cavill) and General Zod (Michael Shannon) fighting at the end of Man of Steel. Because of these events, Superman has become the most controversial figure on the planet. Some view him as a god and a symbol of hope, while others see him being dangerous to all of humanity. Batman is one of the people who views Superman as a threat and decides to take it upon himself to defeat him once and for all. Meanwhile, Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) has been working on creating Doomsday, a monster who poses yet another threat to mankind. Now Batman and Superman must make peace with each other and team up with Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) in order to save our planet. 

Overall, I had a blast watching this movie. Like all of Zack Snyder’s work to date, the movie looked amazing and had mind boggling visual effects; the guy proves yet again that he knows how to bring a comic book to life. In addition, I loved watching Ben Affleck embody the role of an older Batman/Bruce Wayne and thought he played each part perfectly. In my opinion, his scenes were the best parts of the film. All of that being said, my biggest complaint with this movie is that it had a bit too much going on and really struggled to find its pacing. Putting that aside, Batman v Superman is still worth seeing for the absurdly entertaining action, especially the epic titular throwdown that we have all been waiting for.