Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice **1/2

IMDB Synopsis: Fearing the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the man of steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new threat, Doomsday, is created by Lex Luthor. It’s up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences along with Wonder Woman to stop Lex Luthor and Doomsday from destroying Metropolis.

“Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice” has finally arrived. Seems like we have been hearing about this movie for decades with the amount of hype and controversy it has come with. So is it any good? That is difficult for me to answer. I may need to see it again to really answer that. I can say that there were some things that I really liked as well as some things I really disliked.

What I did like was the performances. The casting of Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot as Batman and Wonder Woman were both met with a seriously unwarranted backlash when they were announced. This movie should at least make some of those bitter folks in to believers. Both performances were excellent.

Henry Cavill returns as Superman and more than proves that he owns the role. This time the main adversary is Lex Luthor played by Jessie Eisenberg. This was another casting choice met with a backlash and now that I have seen the movie I sort of agree that he might of been the wrong choice. His Luthor is sort of cartoon like in his evil schemes. He also has little to no back story which didn’t really help either.

What I disliked was how bloated this movie is. There is so much crammed in that was unnecessary creating a sometimes gruelling 2 hours and 30 minutes. There is too much time spent setting up the inevitable “Justice League” movie and not enough time of Batman and Superman throwing down.

The film is also very heavy with brooding and darkness for its entire running time. There is not much humour or light at all, which was especially difficult to deal with when the first hour and a bit has almost no action at all. I’m not saying that I need this movie to be a roller coaster but we get little to no Batman or Superman doing much of anything until they finally face off. Their battle is the highlight of the movie but is sort of brief.

Feels odd to be complaining about a lack of action in a film directed by Zack Snyder, the director of “300” and “Man Of Steel”. When we do get to the action sequences I was surprised to find them mostly to be edited together at such a chaotic rate that they are almost incomprehensible.

What this movie needs is an editor who can cut out all the fat. Remove all the “Justice League” setup and trim the flick down to 2 hours and it might actually be a better experience. I have heard that there is a 3 hour cut out there that will carry an R rating. Some are excited about the harder rating I am dreading another 30 minutes of brooding drama.



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