By the way, if you don't know what "granny's peach tea" is, then you need to watch the movie. Other than that, there will be no spoilers in this review. As the title states, it features a conflict between Batman/Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Superman/Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) with Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) pulling the strings in the background. What was one of my most anticipated movies of this year has become the most disappointing movie of the year so far.
To start on a positive note, Ben Affleck's performance as Batman and Bruce Wayne was fantastic. In addition to being a physically-brooding and dark Batman, he is also a suave and interesting Bruce Wayne. Props to Zach Snyder and the writing team for portraying a fresh and idiosyncratic take on Batman that has potential for future solo Batman movies. Visually, Batman v Superman is absolutely gorgeous, which is expected from Zack Snyder. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman is also great, and her inclusion in this movie, though slightly forced, is definitely welcome. Her inclusion has made me a lot more excited for the Wonder Woman solo movie. The score by Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL is epic, my favorite being the Wonder Woman theme. Also, there are also some genuinely well directed action scenes and dramatic scenes, the latter of which come too few and far between, which leads me to the problems I had with Batman v Superman.
Now, believe me, as a self proclaimed DC fanboy, I would be the first one to scream into the high heavens if Batman v Superman was a masterpiece, but the truth of the matter is that it is a mess in terms of narrative, plot progression, and scene editing. At times during the first half of this movie, I would find myself completely baffled at how the film was edited, as scenes would be strung together that had little to no connective tissue between them. Also, this plot tries to do so much that every facet is developed so haphazardly, the worst of which was the Justice League setup. Also, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor just did not work for me. I understand the type of character they were trying to go for, but it was not the right type of characterization for Lex Luthor. The inclusion of Doomsday also felt forced.
Despite stunning visuals, sporadic moments of brilliance, and a fantastic new version of Batman, Batman v Superman is ultimately a disappointment due to its lackluster narrative and weak storytelling. However, I will say that there is fantastic potential for future DCEU installments, as weirdly, I am anticipating the solo DC superhero movies more than Justice League. Not to mention, Suicide Squad (please be good, please be good, please be good!).
2.5 stars out of 5