The most anticipated movie of the year is here, and it looks like fans have finally been given the superhero movie they deserve! From the beginning, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice differentiates itself by reiterating what we already know: Batman stands for justice, while Superman stands for hope. Regardless of their current actions, this never wavers. We are given a Batman that looks like he is ripped directly out of the comics, and his scenes are reminiscent of the cartoon we grew up loving. As for Superman, we can finally understand the direction of Man Of Steel, which set up BvS perfectly.
What sets this film apart from Man Of Steel, or even The Dark Knight Trilogy, is the exceedingly realistic scenarios. We're finally given a glimpse of what people see and feel when their hero is unintentionally destroying their city. The resentment that follows sets the stage for the animosity between Superman and Batman, and ultimately leads to the fight scene fans have been anxiously awaiting.
BvS shows the inner turmoil of Batman and Superman, with both trying to find fault with one another as a way of coping with their own self-blame. Regardless of their powers, they both experience loss and are crippled by their own limitations. Superman is plagued by an incredible sense of responsibility, heightened by the pressure people place on him to be perfect. His obligation to save the world leads him to take on opponents that don’t play fair, preying on his faith and devotion to mankind. Humanity turning on him weakens his spirit, and his inner suffering is present throughout the film. Batman is forced to realize that he is still only a man and, as Bruce Wayne, he was not able to stop the destruction of Metropolis during Superman's fight with General Zod. Even when they are face to face as Clark and Bruce, their conflicted beliefs lead to undeniable tension.
The introduction of Wonder Woman sets up the DC Cinematic Universe for expansion. From her battle cry to her mysterious presence, she steals the show, creating further anticipation for the 2017 release of her stand-alone movie. Her involvement aids in the clever preview of future DC movies, subtly providing a peek at future Justice League members. We are ultimately left with questions regarding Wonder Woman's alter ego Diana Prince, and her hesitation to once again be the Amazonian superheroine the world needs. Hopefully, Wonder Woman will answer some of the questions BvS generates.
Batman V Superman has had tremendous buildup with high expectancy — and cautious apprehension — but in the end, it truly delivers. Between the incredible performance Jesse Eisenberg delivers as Lex Luthor, to the gritty dream sequence Batman has of the future, DC has established a powerful direction for the future of its Cinematic Universe.