So the day is finally here, BVS has been released. I was lucky enough to see an early screening on Monday and I decided to wait to write this to really flesh out how I feel about this movie. It's the culmination of years of anticipation and speculation, but where does it land in the pantheon of superhero movies. By now you've probably read the negative reviews going around for this movie and the do have merit to them. Be warned, I'm going into heavy spoiler territory here but first I will start with my spoiler free impressions. First off if you are a big comics fan who knows a lot about the backstory of these stories I think you'll really enjoy this movie. There are plenty of cool call backs to the comics, but I will get into them later. It is a darker tone then you'd see in most Marvel movies. This movie goes for answering philosophical questions over the cheery were all in this together stuff. While I do enjoy that I can see how this would be a bit daunting for the average. This movie is around two and a half hours and in my opinion doesn't drag at all. A few characters could have been used better but overall I really enjoyed what I saw. Okay now were going to move into the spoilery stuff. Last Warning!
So let's start off with the elephant in the room. Ben Affleck's Batman has to be the cornerstone of the movie. He brings the character to the screen in the most accurate depiction I've seen to date. I enjoyed Christian Bale but looking back I never got the same sensation watching his like I did Affleck. Maybe that's due in part to their respective directors vision. His introduction into the movie is extremly well done in my opinion. They give you a clear reason why he doesn't like Superman and fears what a man with his kind of power can do. He commands the space when he's on screen, and has the closest look to Bruce Wayne that you'll probably ever see. There's a few scenes where he is let loose to beat on some thugs and they are unforgettable. There is one big thing that you should know about him though. He kills, yes The Batman kills in this movie. This has been done before like in Bataman '89, Keaton's Batman killed. For one I think this aspect is pretty realistic. Obviously he has to defend himself and some situations are impossible to get out off without seriously or fatally injuring someone. If only one good thing can come out of this movie its a solo Batman film directed by the Bat himself.
I for one enjoy Cavill's Superman, he's conflicted and I like that. He want to help people but some don't want it or think he does more harm then good. He's Called to Capital Hill to answer for the destruction of Metropolis. He was also apparently framed for killing some people in Africa but they were all shot with guns so I didn't really understand that part. Anyways he arrives in the court room and is about to address everyone when a bomb goes off, engulfing the building in flame. This bomb was in a wheel chair being used by a metropolis attack survivor who had lost his legs during the incident. A pawn in Lex Luthor's game, but i don't get why he did it. It didn't make it look like Superman did it. Maybe it was to show everyone that even Superman can't stop everything. I thought it was a bit odd but I can sort of see what Snyder was going for.
This is it, the ultamite battle, God Vs Man, Day Vs Night. But is it really that spectacular though? In my opinion it really is, no matter what you say about the rest of the movie, this fight sequence will make you go crazy. Obviously Superman would have batman in a regular fight so batman needs to augment himself with this suit of armor. one of my gripes with this movies is we don't see him work on it that much he kind of just has it at one point. He also makes weapons from the gigantic hunk of kyryptonite he stole from Luthor. We see him fashion a spear head to end Superman. Even with all these advantages the only thing that keeps Batman alive is Superman's good will. The battle could have ended rather quickly if Superman had no regard for human life. Batman capitalizes on this fact takes him by surprise Superman first tries to seek Batman's help but he uses this importunity to deploy his kryptonite weapons and weaken him. Little does Batman know Luthor has Clark's mother and forced him to come and fight. Only when he hears Clark say "you're letting him kill Martha" does he realize how human Clark really is he's only here to protect his mother, something Bruce could never do as a child. He only thought of Clark as this alien threat that needed to be taken out. This whole scene was very powerful. You see Clark's restraint but, he never saw the kryptonite coming and that how Batman has a chance.
Another major concern about this movie was Lex. He is the mastermind behind whats going throughout this film. He's the one who discovers kryptonite and basically baits Batman into using it on Superman. I did enjoy his performance and I thought he played the character in a cool way. No matter what you do with the character the one thing that usually stays constant is his hate for Superman. Jessie gets this point across in a very cool way. He plays him kind of cool and collected but then there are some other scene's where you see his true craziness comes through. In his mind superman is evil incarnate and the only way to defeat that evil is with a greater evil. Plan A to kill Superman is with Batman but he has also has a rather large plan B.
One really bad mistake they made with the marketing of this movie was revealing Doomsday in the trailers. It took away from that initial wow factor. Sure there had been rumors but why spoil it? Anyways he is criminally underused they had a cool idea in using Zods body to make him but it felt a bit rushed and unexplained. He looked a little odd and when superman had to fly him out to space they are actually nuked by the government and Doomsday survives and mutates. I liked that aspect but they didn't take it as far as I wanted them to. Sure he grew a few horns here and there but he never came close to looking like he does in the comics. I enjoyed some aspects of the fight but all together it could have been stronger only when a certain someone joins the fight do things become fun.
First thing I'll say is that Gal Gadot is spot on as Wonder Woman as far as I can tell. We don't get a ton of screen time with her and she might have less then ten lines of dialogue but the lines she has she rocks. They don't mention her as Diana Prince or Wonder Woman once through the movie. They just kind of expect you to know everything, which i can appreciate. I can also see how this would annoy the average person. Anyways when she jumps into the fight with Doomsday she's the only one that seems like she's having fun with it. Doomsday hits her into a wall and she shakes' it off and smiles. That one moment of fun in a otherwise pretty dark movie. She eventually cuts off Doomsday's hand, which then grows back as a spike. This is crucial for what comes next.
So I'll just go ahead and say it they went full out Death of Superman in this movie. Superman knows that he's the only one that can stop Doomsday. Lois brings him the kryptonite tipped spear to use on Doomsday. Batman then shoots his last kryptonite grenade to weaken Doomsday then Superman rushes in and stabs him through the heart with the spear. Doomsday also stabs Superman through his heart with his gigantic spike, killing him. Yea I won't lie I never saw this one coming, I would have never said this was going to happen. Some of me feels like it wasn't earned but at the same time It was pretty awesome. Obviously they want Batman to be the one who gets the Justice League together. So he does die but right at the end of the movie they show his coffin and the dirt starts to rise. I would have just left it hanging personally but maybe that's just me.
Dawn of Justice
So we do get some other cameos in this movie that involve The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg. I feel like they're a bit shoe horned in personally, and they all come by the way of Lex Luthor. He has files on all of them and has their symbols and everything. Aquaman kind of posed for the camera but then he like jetted away which was cool. Flash saves a store clerk getting robbed, which was fine I guess. You do get anther scene with the Flash though where you might have totally missed him. He is in one of Bruce's dreams coming though what looks like a worm hole saying that Bruce was right about him and that Lois is the key. Him I'm going to guess being Superman and he is warned not to let her die. That's like straight out of Injustice, and I really thought it was cool. Then you see Cyborg being created with a Motherbox, which is new god tech. Newgods are people like Darkseid. Darkseid is like the Thanos of DC, the big bad. You see his symbol etched into the sand during Batman' nightmare sequence. At the end of the day I still thought these were awesome, I just wish they were implemented better.
The Round Up
All together I love this movie cause I love the source material. There are a ton of cool little things that the average person just won't get and that sucks. That also the reason I forgive everything that's wrong with it. In the nightmare sequence we see Parademon's, and that's just too cool to hate. I can ignore the plot holes and other low points in the movie just because i love this stuff so much. I not going to sit here and act like this movie is a cinematic masterpiece, it just hit all the right notes for me. I wanted to see it a second time before posting this but life happens. You can check out my podcast I do with a friend of mine where we discuss this all at length, Look us up on facebook at Everything Entertainment With Gooch & Trio. We post every week and talk about all this kind of stuff. Thanks and let me know what your thought were!