Okay, so I haven't seen the movie yet, but I have read revues. The majority of ordinary people going out to see a movie seem to be pleased, and why wouldn't they be? You get the two most iconic super heroes ever to grace the pages of a comic book in the history of comic books. Right up their on a huge screen. But when they meet Instead of a hand shake and a cordial introduction we get suspicion by both heroes directed at the other. That alone has drawn the interest of fans waiting to see the movie; its a fight between Batman and Superman and 90% of the people I have seen comments from over the past two years is Superman will clean the Bat's clock. You could look at it as millions of people waiting to see Henry Cavill get revenge upon Ben Affleck for screwing up Daredevil. I wasn't one of those people, I saw Daredevil a half dozen times and YOUNG Ben Affleck wasn't that bad, and as much or more blame should have been heaped upon the script writer and director for a poor showing for that movie.
From what I have read at this point the moment Gal Gadot appeared on the screen in the costume all of the haters fell in love. When she was cast my choice at the time was Jamie Alexander, and before that it was Catherine Zeta Jones. I thought Jones in two Zorro movies was perfect for what I remember ed of Wonder Woman from the comic books. I'd like to point out here that at the age of 63 my experience with comic books and the Justice League goes back a hell of a lot further than the so-called experts" who have cut their teeth on the New 52. On day one I thought it might be wise to wait and see, and when she appeared on stage with Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck at Comic Con I told myself this was the absolute best choice and since then that feeling has done nothing but grow. Gal Gadot is a very fine actress; she is charming, witty, looks like a million bucks, and she went to school to learn how to fight, and not just hand to hand either. The training was not how to look pretending, to fight but actual combat with the kind of weapons Wonder Woman's people would use. She may not look like the Wonder Woman from the 60's comic books, and she does not look like the Amazon Princess played by Linda Carter, or the hero of the New 52, and that is how it should be.
I am one of those people who hasn't liked the changes with the New 52. I grew up with one incarnation of the Justice League, only to see that memory slaughtered by new writers who have banished my memories of the League in favor of what I think is a mockery, but you have to remember that nothing lasts forever and if you don't make changes everything gets stale and dies. I haven't seen the movie, but I have seen what the costumes look like, and I have followed the actors who so far have been selected to breath life into a big screen version of the Justice League and for where this new DC Universe appears to be headed the casting at least for the League itself is exciting. The costumes are way out there, light years away from what the League of my time wore and I accept that as what has to happen to keep something that had an extreme affect on my life.
When I was 11, I was Batman, my younger brothers were Green Lantern and the Martian Manhunter, and the two kids that lived down the street were Robin and Wonder Woman. I made our costumes from tee shirts, bath towels, sheets, rain boots and all sorts of other things that worked, such as a plastic jump rope for the Manhunter's harness. For two years out of my life we were the Justice League and that saved me from a real life in an abusive situation with a father who was more frightening than anything else. The pictures I see now, the film clips, they only serve to remind me that the imaginary heroes we have serve a purpose. I wished for a lifetime that this movie would come, but it came too late for my brother who was the Green Lantern of my time as he passed away years ago thanks to cancer. It is also painful to me that there is no Martian Manhunter at this point planned for a movie screen. That takes something away from the history, and if they write Green Lantern out of the planned Justice League movies, that too will damage the history. But the pictures of Affleck in costume, and the look of Cavill, Gadot, Mamoa and Miller, its like something incredible has electrified the world around me and that feeling from 52 years ago is still alive, that feeling of excitement the five of us felt when I led my own Justice League out into the night when my father wasn't looking.
It appears that people are still having problems with Superman in Man of Steel. In that movie there was all of that collateral damage, and oh my God, he killed Zod. The critics are missing a lot right here. They haven't asked themselves the most important question, why did he kill Zod? was this a movie that was all about a fight between Superman and Zod, some sort of a grudge match to see who was mightier? Critics think yes, but the answer is NO. This was a fight over 1: Jor-El stealing Zod's means for creating a new Krypton, 2: Zod's idea that he would kill every living thing on Earth if Kal-El did not hand over the codex, and 3: Zod was going to kill every living breathing man, woman and child on Earth anyway in order to cleanse what was to be his new Krypton. Now this is the thinking of a cold blooded mass murderer with the same exact powers that Superman possesses, and it wasn't a matter of just one evil Kryptonian attacking the Earth.
Ask yourself, how do you stop a madman with super strength, invulnerability, heat vision, the ability to fly and more when he intends to kill BILLIONS of people? A politician would offer money, weapons, power. The CEO of a huge oil company would offer lots of money, and a crime boss, he would offer to throw in with the the monster on his plan to slaughter everyone to save himself. So what does a man of good conscience do? Would if have been possible to imprison Zod? Really? The answer is no, and lets not forget that by his own will Zod the monster escaped from the Phantom Zone with a small army of Kryptonians who upon arriving on Earth all had super powers. Did the critics think that Earth's mightiest champion was actually going to have any kind of success at saving the people of the Earth by scolding Zod? Superman had one very difficult decision to make, a decision that good people don't want to make, the decision to take another life. In a real world, when it comes down to deciding the fate of billions of people, a man of good conscience does the right thing, whatever is necessary. I don't know about other moviegoers but when I see a movie I go in hoping it seems real, I want to sit in my seat and feel like I am part of it, I want to experience it like I was there.
When a maniac with a gun attacks a crowd, should the hero with the blue uniform and the shiny badge pinned on his shirt not draw his gun and stop the monster to save the innocents who will die? Does Superman allow children to be slaughtered or does he do what is right, no matter how difficult the decision is. That Superman has been around longer than I have.
So, now lets talk about Doomsday. Unless you have read The Death of Superman I don't think you belong in the discussion. There are critics that just don't see the point of this battle in this movie. My problem with the Death of Superman story is and always has been where was the Justice League? Oh, I know there was A Justice League in the story, one that included Booster Gold, Guy Gardner and Blue Beetle, and where was the REAL Justice League? Who actually believes that Superman is fighting for his life to protect, once again, the people of the Earth? Where were Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the original team? Would they really have stayed away and left Superman in that kind of situation? Superman and Batman are the most legendary best friends of all time, real or not. We got a great story, a tear-jerker at the end, but it wasn't realistic. The Justice League I remember would have stood back to back with the Man of Steel and if necessary, died with Superman to stop the monster.
My first thought when I figured out that Doomsday was the villain in this movie was here we are with an opportunity to make up for the the very huge mistake of that comic book. And yes, I guessed the villain in this movie long before it was announced. So now we get a movie where the Batman is concerned very realistically about what Superman is about; is he our friend, or is he secretly as dangerous as Zod? He has the power to wipe out everything on Earth so how many non-critics understand that Batman would look into it, That is who the Batman is, and similarly, wouldn't Superman have concerns about a man in black who takes the law into his own hands. The fight between them is a natural thing, and a very realistic approach to what life is really like, not just in a theater where critics try and make ta very biased call.
Now, before I wrap this up, lets pretend we are on the Titanic and the ship goes down. What is it really like down there where the remains of the ship have been for well over a hundred years. It is a cold dark place, and a normal man would be crushed by the weight of the oceans there. What could survive in that place? Would a pretty boy with blonde hair really exist there? The bottom of the Atlantic does not look like a paradise, and if a man named Arthur Curry lived there he wouldn't look like Alan Ritchson did on Smallville. he would look the part of a gladiator, as Aquaman always has in one way or another who lives in an extremely harsh environment. What I see in this new Aquaman played by Jason Mamoa is the kind of realistic charter who really does live below in the cold dark waters of the Atlantic. As much as critics and fan boys want a comic book movie world to look like a perfect fantasy, realism still makes the fantasy better.
When I take my seat in the theater to see the movie, it won't be to play critic and pick it to pieces over trivial crap that isn't even important, or because of the opinions of people who want the movie to fail for their own little mind opinions. I will take my seat and allow 80 years of mythology to sweep me away, I'll sit on the edge of my seat and my heart will beat fast and a tear will run down my cheek for a special past and dead brother who should be sitting in the seat next to me and I will cheer for my heroes, whether they are still those heroes from the past, or a new take on the same. Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice makes perfect sense for a movie, and the telling of it as Zach Snyder has done, yes, it makes sense too.
It might be worth mentioning that as the movie theater doors begin to open on opening night, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice set a record last night at the box office for preview night and pushed both Avengers movies down. Does that a sign of what's to come, and does it bode well for Marvel with the coming demise of the original Avengers' lineup?