For starters, I make no bones about the fact that I did not like Warner Brothers first film in the DC Cinematic Universe "Man of Steel".  I grew up on Superman but "Man of Steel" was very flawed and left a lot to be desired.  So I was skeptical about this next installment "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice".  With the announcement of all the characters that would be introduced as well as trailers showing Doomsday as the big baddy of the film, I had a lot of worry that this film would be too much too quickly as well as there being too much potential for things, such as Doomsday, to not be done properly.  But for the sake of being unbiased, I decided to leave my reservations outside the theater and go into this film fresh faced.

Sadly.... it didn't help....

Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that this movie is not enjoyable at times, I just wish that the times were more frequent.  Visually, I have no complaints about this film.  The fight scenes are fun to watch actually pretty well done.  A film of this scale cannot avoid using CGI, but the CGI is not too overdone even when it comes to major villain Doomsday at the climax of the film.  Story-wise however, this film suffers from the same flaw as its predecessor in that it comes up short.  This is the first time that we are seeing these two characters, Batman (played by Ben Affleck) and Superman (reprised by Henry Cavill), on screen together in any live action capacity so there is tons of potential that unfortunately is not capitalized on.  With a running time of 2 hours and 31 minutes, you would expect to see more interaction between these two characters on screen but you are just left wanting more.  They share the screen for such a small fraction of the film that it's disappointing.  It's almost as if director Zack Snyder spent too much time focusing on the set up for the next film installment "Justice League" rather than spend the time building a story around what this film is actually called, "Batman v Superman"... should have been called "Batman Misunderstands Superman" at this point.

One of two large fears I had for this film was "too much, too fast".  With announcements coming out that we would see appearances from not only Batman, Lex Luthor (played by Jesse Eisenberg), and Wonder Woman (played by Gal Gadot) in this movie, we would also be getting our first look at Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash.  As I've told a number of people this, too many ingredients can spoil the entree.  Less is more.  However I was happy to see after viewing the film that this is something this film actually does right.  The appearances of Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash are such a small part of the film that is doesn't take away anything from the movie.  The appearances are just enough to acknowledge their existence in this universe then it's on with the show.  While she plays a larger role in the film than the 3 previously mentioned, it was nice to see Wonder Woman properly portrayed in a DC property finally after many failed attempts by Warner Bros. in the past.  Gal Gadot is a great addition to the film and the universe.  Probably the biggest surprise of all though was Lex Luthor played by Jesse Eisenberg.  I was very surprised by that casting and could not picture Eisenberg doing that role justice, but I couldn't have been more wrong.  He plays the part masterfully.

What may come as a shock to some but did not to me was Ben Affleck joining the universe as the Dark Knight.  Many thought this was a poor casting choice but I was in the minority that believed he would kill it as Batman... and I say with pride that I was right.  Affleck's portrayal of both Bruce Wayne and Batman is the most stand out part of this film.  It is a version of Batman we have never seen before but the fans have deserved for a long time.  We are reminded in this film something that previous Batman installments tend to forget and that is Batman is a detective more than anything else.  He is more than just a billionaire vigilante with gadgets.  Dare I say it, this version of Batman played by Ben Affleck may be the best Batman we have seen so far... and I'm saying this as a massive Keaton fan.   If there is anything I would like to see come out of this, it's another stand alone Batman film with Affleck at the helm.

Overall, while enjoyable at times, this film falls short of all the massive hype it is getting.  It's fun at times but the build-up to get to those fun times seems to draw a lot of the breath out of this feature.  It's shades better than Man of Steel so DC is on the right track when it comes to their cinematic universe, but they still have a long way to go.  It's recommended to see in theaters once, but doesn't merit any additional viewings.
OFFICIAL RATING = 5.5 out of 10


05/25/2016 8:14pm

The only thing I want to watch this movie is because of Gal Gadot. Gal Gadot played the role of wonder woman in this movie. Although I haven't watched it yet, I'm pretty sure I like it because this is the genre of movie I really like watching. I first daw Gal Gadot on the fast and the furious 5, there she was Gisele, the girl who has lots of knowledge about guns and secret missions. I'm looking forward to her own movie that will be on screen in 2017.

02/14/2017 3:40am

I’ve watched movie for so many times. I love it, why don’t you? The cinematography is nice. The setting is perfect. The cast is all thumbs up. But I respect your opinion on this film. We all have different sides on the topic and it’s something that we can never agreed upon.

07/14/2016 11:01pm

I enjoyed this movie, but there were times I felt that it was kind of draggy. And spoiling the big bad Doomsday so early in the trailer did not help at all. I feel that if they kept him a secret until the movie was released, it would have been better. Also, there were a lot of plot holes in the film. But the part that got me really excited was seeing cameos from the other members of the Justice League like The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg. And I must say, I think that Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman was one of the biggest highlights of the film. I admit that I was a bit skeptical about her being cast as Wonder Woman because she didn't have the body type of an Amazonian princess but she proved me wrong. She delivered in amazing fashion. But aside from that, there just some things that were wrong. Hopefully the ultimate edition of BvS will make everything better.

07/17/2016 8:12pm

I agree that this film indeed feels draggy at times. They haven't given much importance to every minute in the film. They have only focused on the fight scenes, flooding us with special effects which are indeed nice. But they fell short on the plot and story. The film has potential, but I think it could have been better.

08/05/2016 4:29am

I agree with that review. I thought this movie will be better.

08/14/2016 4:06pm

I am biggest fan of Batman vs superman. They story and locations of this movie is just lovely and most interesting from all that movie that I watch in previous shows. Dawn of justice is lovely.

08/17/2016 11:34pm

Lady gadot is an extraordinary expansion to the film and the universe. Most likely the greatest astonishment of all however was lex luthor played by jesse eisenberg.

09/07/2016 10:16pm

I was exceptionally amazed by that throwing and couldn't picture Eisenberg doing that part equity, however I couldn't have been all the more off-base. He fills the role magnificently.


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Batman is my favorite hero, and i love marvel movies, and i really like this movie, because batman and superman fought for justice, it's a interesting movie.

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