REVIEW: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

batman v supermanBatman (Ben Affleck) vows to take on Superman (Henry Cavil) when he fears that if the alien’s actions remain unchecked, it could mean even more pain and destruction for humanity. Meanwhile Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) is using Kryptonian technology to fuel his own ambitions and the world tries to decide what sort of hero they want and need.

This is Ben Affleck’s first outing as Bruce Wayne/Batman and he is brilliant in both roles. He is an older Bruce Wayne who has been the Batman for twenty years so he’s seen some stuff and is a bit world-weary and cynical. His relationship with Alfred (Jeremy Irons) is great and Alfred in general offers some great lines and the film shows how well Alfred and Bruce work together. All the Batman-related stuff is definitely a highlight of the film.

When Batman and Superman fight, it is brutal and it’s kind of great to watch. These are two of the biggest superheroes out there so to watch them duke it out is a sight to behold. Also when Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) finally makes her appearance it is an amazing “hero” moment and the soundtrack that starts when she appears is my new favourite piece of music.

The main problem with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is that there are a lot of characters with their own agendas so there are a lot of plot threads that don’t always seem vital or complete. Bruce Wayne has his own agenda, Lex Luthor has his own agenda and so does Wonder Woman, Clark Kent and even Lois Lane (Amy Adams). All these things are there and some of them are interesting but they just don’t really tie together that well. All these threads mean that the film feels really disjointed and the pacing isn’t that great a lot of the time, the first hour chunk especially is trying to set up so much stuff that it feels a bit bogged down and slow.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the launching pad for the DC Cinematic Universe and while it does a good job setting up some characters like Batman and Wonder Woman, sometimes it feels like it’s too much of a set up and there’s a moment where the film seems to pause to show off some characters that we’re very likely to see in future films. Batman v Superman feels like it’s trying to be too many things. As well as being a starting point for a new franchise, it feels like a gritty action film and a political thriller with the courtroom drama stuff. It feels like there’s too many ideas gone into Batman v Superman and not all of them worked or fitted together cohesively.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is an alright film, there’s some great moments that really pull you in but on the whole there’s too much going on and the pacing of it isn’t so great. 3/5.

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5 comments

  1. Great review. I do want to see this movie eventually but first I probably need to see Man of Steel. I’m glad to hear that Affleck does a good job in his role. I’m probably most interested in Wonder Woman and from what I’ve heard she steals the show.

    1. Thanks! Yeah while I think you can see this one without seeing Man of Steel first as it kinda has the ending of Man of Steel at the beginning anyway but it is from a different point of view and I think Man of Steel does a better job of setting up Superman and who he is than this film. Yes Wonder Woman is amazing! I honestly bounced in my seat when she had her hero moment 😀

  2. Great review! I was most worried about Ben Affleck’s Batman since I’m a huge fan of Christian Bale’s Batman so it’s a relief to hear that he did a good job! I think I’m most excited about Wonder Woman FINALLY getting her turn on the big screen. I think my expectations for this film are firmly in check so hopefully I’ll enjoy it too (for the most part)!

    1. Thanks! I think Batfleck was my favourite part of the film (besides Wonder Woman of course) and I’d love to see him get his own solo movie. Wonder Woman was amazing and I’m so excited about her solo film! I hope you enjoy it when you see it, it’s definitely a film that seems to divide a lot of people 🙂

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