Movie Review – Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

Be their hero, Clark. Be their angel, be their monument, be anything they need you to be… or be none of it. You don’t owe this world a thing. You never did.

One of the most highly anticipated films of 2016 finally hits the screen with Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. A battle fans have been itching to see on the big screen. With visual director Zack Snyder, once again taking the helm of this production, was he able to quench the thirst of fans and casual movie goers alike, in this blockbuster movie?

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Batman V Superman follows right after the events of Man of Steel. Metropolis was the battleground in a fight between General Zod and Superman and unfortunately for the city, there were hundreds of casualties. Meanwhile billionaire Bruce Wayne got the front row seat to seeing one his buildings crumble while employees are still inside it. In return, made him furious and relentless in his pursuit to bring Superman into justice.


The Good

The prologue of this movie started off strong, we are taken back to the climax of Man of Steel, but this time we see things from Bruce Wayne’s (Ben Affleck) point of view. Though there’s still some questionable scenes, the whole sequence was exhilarating. It also gives us the reason as to why Bruce Wayne despises the Kryptonians. From here onward we are on Batman’s side.

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Ben Affleck’s fresh take on Batman is easily the best thing going on in this movie. We are given a quick backstory of his past but more importantly we are given his motivations for his actions. Acting wise, Ben Affleck is great. His take on Batman is vicious, brutal and incredibly intimidating. His character stood out through the whole movie. Though not as much screen time as Batman, Jeremy Irons also nailed his role as Alfred. It was fun to see him on screen and his witty remarks about Bruce Wayne are great. And no matter what movie, animated movie or TV show, to see Batman verbally shutdown by Alfred is always a treat.

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Another awesome part of the movie are the fight scenes. The battle between Batman and Superman, no matter how shallow it was, was fun to watch and it keeps the audience guessing on who’s going to win. Speaking of which, Batman’s fight scenes were better choreographed this time around. For those familiar with the Arkham games by Rocksteady, can easily see the resemblance and it makes for great action sequences. The final battle at the end was explosive and depending on how you like it, it goes on full comic book territory. It was a visual experience like no other.


The Bad

As mentioned above, the movie’s prologue started off strong. Unfortunately the momentum wasn’t carried on to the first and second act. In return, delivers some of the most boring scenes in the movie. The movie itself was badly edited, where a scene would jump to the next without having real connection. Granted it doesn’t have to have connection but most of the time it does feel random and completely takes out any story progression. There were a lot of scenes which felt unnecessary and misplaced. This overall, resulted in a movie being too long in which it lacked real substance.

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Another complaint is Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. I’m not all too familiar with the character myself but his take on the character was too much. Most of the time he’s overacting. Delivering lines with a cadence which if done in the real world, will deem you unstable. His lines were unbearable and he truly lacked the mixture of menace and sophistication that Lex Luthor should’ve had. He really is one of the worst things going on in this movie and unfortunately a lot of the story revolves around him.

The story itself wasn’t good nor bad, however it was uninteresting. Majority of the dull parts were in the first and second act of the movie. With addition to the badly edited sequences and unnecessary scenes makes it difficult to care about the story as a whole.


Rating

Overall Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice did not live up to the hype. The face off between the two iconic heroes, no matter how cool it was, felt shallow. There’s no real motivation behind it except for Batman’s side and truthfully, whatever issues they were fighting for could have been resolved with a simple conversation.

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Henry Cavill himself was dreadful and one-dimensional though Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman was a treat. Most of the time she’s just there to be pretty and be an eye candy. However, her fight scene as Wonder Woman was exciting to watch, not to mention she’s got a pretty kickass theme song. The addition of Doomsday was exactly as how it was shown on the trailer and after seeing it there, there’s nothing left to be excited about. In the end, Batman V Superman may not be a strong movie on its own but it does lay the foundations for DC’s Cinematic Universe, which is still something to look forward to.

Good Bad 2.7/5
  • Ben Affleck’s Batman
  • Cinematic Action Sequences
  • Opening Sequence
  • Long Running Time
  • Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor
  • Badly Edited / Unnecessary Scenes
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Graphic Novel Review: Batman, The Killing Joke by Alan Moore

“I’ve been thinking lately, about you, about me. About what’s going to happen to us, in the end. We’re going to kill each other aren’t we? Perhaps you’ll kill me, perhaps I’ll kill you. Perhaps sooner, perhaps later”

– The Killing Joke, Alan Moore

Hands down The Killing Joke by Alan Moore is the darkest batman issue I’ve ever read, granted I don’t read many, however this issue caters to more mature audiences as it goes down a dark, gritty and violently graphic path. In The Killing Joke, The Joker escapes from Arkham Asylum once again, this time instead of terrorizing the people of Gotham, The Joker targets only one family, as The Joker delivers a chilling attempt to make Commissioner Jim Gordon insane.

Easily deserving of it’s accolades The Killing Joke does not disappoint. In fact I’m angry at myself for taking this long to read this issue. There are a lot of things to love and very little to dislike, if there’s any.

One of the best thing about the issue is we get to see the origin of the Joker, this part of the issue is such a fascinating read as we see The Joker dealing with problems that we usually face, problems such as unemployment, poverty even personal demons such as self pity. We see him in such a vulnerable state and you can’t help but feel sorry for the guy. That said, we follow his story and we see his transition from this broken man to what he is today and it’s mind-blowing. We still get the despicable Joker that we usually know and he truly is despicable in this issue. There are proper times where one could just like the character of the Joker but this isn’t one of those times as I found myself hating The Joker, not because he was badly written, no he was written masterfully but it’s because he does some incredibly villainous acts and I’m sure this will resonate to other readers as well.

The art is amazing to look at, so good that there were moments where I felt uncomfortable as I look through the illustrations and read the dialogues and the pacing was just right as it perfectly delivers shocking moments and the story is great overall. Highly recommended to everyone unless you’re 14 or under since there are themes here that are just not appropriate for younger readers. That said, if you haven’t read it grab a copy right now.

Rating: 4.5/5