Warning: Mild Spoilers Ahead!
Now that opening weekend has passed, I feel that I've waited long enough to give my two cents about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I've had many of my friends ask me what I thought, as I'm the resident Batman expert of the group, and I have a few things that I want to get out of the way.
I did like the movie as an overall experience, but there are obvious things that I would change. Let's go ahead and start with what I loved.
1. Ben Affleck
I defended him from the very beginning of his being cast in the film, against all of the objections that I heard on a daily basis. Of course I'm going to throw him the first bone, because he was fantastic in my opinion! I've even had one of my great friends, who is an absolute Superman lover, admit that Ben Affleck was his favorite part of the film.
Ben brought a great intensity, intimidation, and angle to the character that hadn't been explored before. Although I loved the Dark Knight trilogy as films, the way that Batman was represented left something to be desired in the future for me, and Ben satisfied that for me without a doubt.
2. The Comic Book References
With clear references to multiple major DC Comics stories including Injustice, Justice League: Origin, Death of Superman, and Death in the Family (which I hope leads to Jason Todd in a future Batman standalone film,) this film overloaded its viewers with so many Easter eggs to set the mind ablaze with imagination and speculation about the future. One of my best friends saw it with me and we couldn't help but bump knuckles and nod at each other just about every ten minutes, every time we spotted another reference.
Those were the things that I loved the most about the film and gave me goosebumps multiple times throughout the viewing. Unfortunately, I didn't love everything about it and I do have some complaints so here are a couple things that I didn't like so much.
1. The Scene Changes and Script Being So Sporadic
This is something that I've heard as the most frequent complaint about this film so far, and I can't help but agree with that point. There were times that, between the script not making sense or the scenes changing too sporadically, I was left either questioning the direction that they were trying to go or being just plain confused.
I'm sure that there was a huge margin of scenes that had to be cut out of the finished film in the long run, but I feel that there were maybe some bad decisions made on what was okay to get rid of. I've got my fingers crossed that Zack Snyder gives this the same treatment in his director's cut that he did Watchmen, so that it ends up being less confusing.
2. Jesse Eisenberg
I can understand that, with films based off of comic books, there will always be new interpretations and methods to bringing the characters to life. That being said, who the hell did Jesse Eisenberg play in this film? I saw next to nothing of his character that resembled Lex Luthor. He was the owner of LexCorp and an argument could obviously be made that he was a genius, but what else of Luthor did he bring to the character?
Jesse Eisenberg is nowhere near a bad actor, and if this was a character that wasn't based off of existing material then I probably would've loved his performance. Lex Luthor is supposed to be brilliant, calculating, intimidating, and cunning. I just didn't see these character traits in Eisenberg's performance.
There you have my honest opinion about Batman v. Superman! I did really enjoy it and I plan on seeing it again very soon, but I didn't think that it was perfect. What did you love and/or hate about the film? Discuss it in the comments!
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