Well it has finally arrived, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hit movie theaters on Thursday for early screening and officially released on Friday around the world to rest of us. The question everyone is asking was it good; did it live up to the hype? Yes and no. I think this movie had the potential to be so epic but failed in so many ways I don’t care to list in this short review. It had great moments but failed to deliver a cohesive film with proper flow. It felt off in certain places and I even think the 2013 Man of Steel was much better in the area of flow and character building. This weekend box office of a record breaking gross of $170.1 million in North America and $254 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $424.1 million is nothing short of amazing. The box office numbers were definitely excepted since this was a film many years in the making. The good news, Warner Bros. made back the $250 million spent on the film with nothing but solid returns coming in the next few years from this film. That’s a plus for DC Comics and Warner Bros. but what about the fans? did we win too? Before I go on, this review will have heavy spoilers so read at your own risk. With that said, drum roll…..
Again the film had some great moments which mostly include Batman and Wonder Woman. Ben Affleck was awesome as Batman. I think one of the best portrayals of Batman I seen on screen. I can’t wait for the new Batman film in the works I hope. Next, Wonder Woman played by the controversial casting Gal Gadot was outstanding as the Amazon warrior who made her first big screen appearance in this film. Like the Batman film anticipation, I can’t wait to see Wonder Woman in her own feature film hitting theaters next year. Now here is where the movie really didn’t hit my fanboy excitement buttons. I’m a long time comic book fan, comic book artist and comic book store owner plus a big time Superman fan. This film did no justice for Superman played by Henry Cavill. No justice at all for the Man of Steel. He was so emo for the entire film. I think the director Zack Snyder failed to find contrast between Batman’s dark side and Superman light side. Yes, I get it, Superman was conflicted with his role on earth but he didn’t seem “Supermanish” if I can say that to describe his demeanor. Just bad character building.
I think the film should have left Doomsday out of the movie and replaced him with a lesser Superman villain like Brainiac. I think the entire “Death of Superman” story arc should have been reserved for an entire movie to itself. Too rushed here to appreciate how awesome that story was done in the comic books. I think a Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) and Brainiac villains would have made a better movie and nemesis for the Cape Crusader and the Man of Steel. Since we’re on the subject of Lex Luthor, who was that character on the screen? Certainly wasn’t the Lex Luthor I read about in the comics. Let me pause and say, I’m all for changes or adjustments for characters to translate to live action film from the comics. I have no issues with minor changes at all, however, this was just a crap version of Lex Luthor. I couldn’t get into the character because his goals and motivation made no sense what so ever. I think a more fan favorite actor Bryan Cranston would have nailed this part and added weight. Even in a recent Cosmic Booknews stated it was on the table to have Mr. Cranston play Lex Luthor. What a missed opportunity. I assume age played a key part in the decision not to hire Mr. Cranston or he felt the script was garbage. The film includes other small Justice League cameos like Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher). There were a few nods to other DC Comics characters as well which moist didn’t fair to well in the live action adaption. The other notable awesome stand character was Alfred played by the always awesome Jeremy Irons.
I think DC comics and Warner Bros. missed a golden opportunity to make an epic film but only made an okay film. The potential was there but the execution was way off. The story by David S. Goyer and screenplay by Chris Terrio wasn’t the story us fans wanted to see. I believe a better story could have been told with more action, pacing and better storytelling. The political stuff and God-like ideas could have stayed with better execution on screen. Before I wrap up this review, I must say the trailers killed the majority of the good moments by showing way too much. Even when I tried not to watch the trailers it was hard to do since I’m always on my computer doing something, so I seen clips, photos and stories all over the place. Less is always better.
I think the film had a slow start with nothing memorable in the beginning. All the Bruce Wayne and Batman stuff was pure movie gold but the other stuff in between was a bore. Toward the third act these started to improve but I cared nothing for most of the characters in this film. My biggest geek moment was when Batman and Superman met for the first time. The film needed more of those geek out moments. There were no boundaries between Superman and Batman. And for the love of comic book gods, can Superman do more saving people beside Lois Lane played by Amy Adams. Oh well, maybe Mr. Snyder will get it right for the Justice League movie coming out next year. Closing, the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice received a TechGeniux 2 ½ stars out of 5. I really wanted to like this film, should have been epic but it failed in so many places. Usually I see epic movies 2 or 3 times in the theater, unfortunately not this time, I’ll wait for cable. Like Stars Wars: Force Awaken, I wanted to see this again in the theater but I don’t see any appeal to see it again on the big screen. What did you think of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Let us know in the comments.
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