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Review: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Costumes from the film at Comic-Con 2015. By: Julie Scott, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47319658
Costumes from the film at Comic-Con 2015. By: Julie Scott, CC BY 2.0

In the last ten years, huge movie studios have decided to invest more money into films based on comic books, mainly the juggernauts of DC and Marvel comics. At first, I was personally on board with this idea, as the spectacle of a man in tights beating other men who often wear more colourful tights and have more twisted morals is one that never ceases to entertain me I thought; but lately, apart from one or two superhero films, they have become rather boring, and quite often I feel like I have seen these new superhero films before.

With director Zack Snyder, and starring no less than Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Ions, ‘Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice’ to me was the most memorable superhero film I have seen in the last few years, is it the best one I have seen in those years? Probably not, however the film certainly has moments and places where it shines.

By Gage Skidmore - https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/14783041472/, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34325337
Director Zack Snyder at Comic-Con 2014.
By: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0

Being a Zack Snyder film, the cinematography is stunning, and starring the almost endless list of Hollywood A-listers that it does, most of the performances in the film are gripping. The action in this film is some of the best in any superhero film, especially the fight between the two heroes themselves. The story leading up to the fight had some great twists and turns, especially Batman’s storyline; with Jeremy Ions giving the best performance of everyone in the film, stealing every scene he was in. His performance combined with Ben Affleck’s’ and the enticing direction that Batman’s storyline and action had make me perpetually excited for a solo Batman film, that has already been announced by DC’s movie studios.

However, the film did have a few problems. The final fight scene (Not between Batman and Superman) felt underwhelming, not least because of some lackluster CGI. The film also took too much to setting up future films in DC film slate, which is currently branching to 2020, and this depreciated the film making moments feel like they should have been cut for this already long film of 151 minutes. There are also some rather interrupting moments of ‘set up’ for future DC films that could definitely have been cut as well.

Overall I feel that Batman vs Superman is ultimately very good, but I feel it should only a springboard that DC must leap on if it wants to have a fighting chance of competing with marvel in the superhero genre.

★★★★☆