When I first heard about Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, I was intrigued to see the direction it would take. I heard that Ben Affleck was cast as Batman and my interest in the film was instantly turned off. It's not that I don't like Ben as an actor, because I do. I find him to be an extremely talented actor, but at the same time my expectations for Batman were set high because of Christian Bale. I didn't pay much attention to the hype of the film because my thoughts on who was cast as Batman were pretty strong. I was adamant that there would never be another good Batman besides Christian Bale, so I didn't have a free clear mind going into the film.
As for Superman, I already loved Henry Cavill as the character. He impressed me in Man of Steel. Growing up loving Batman, I was very skeptical on Ben. I could not understand why they chose him instead of begging Christian to come back and play Batman again. Personally, I feel like Ben's roles are always the same and within the same genre. Sure, he's stepped away from the Comedy and Romantic Comedy genres when he directed, wrote, produced, and acted in Argo.
Then we come to Wonder Woman. Hearing that Wonder Woman was going to be in this film had the fans in a frenzy of excitement. I wasn't sure how that was going to work, but it helped increase the intrigue in the film after I lost some at the news of who was cast as Batman. How was Wonder Woman supposed to fit into a film about a fight against two of the largest superheroes of the DC Comic Universe?
The opening of the film was interesting. Starting off with a recap of the battle scene from Man of Steel was a good call. But, we were given the chance to view the battle from a much different perspective. It was a great way to open up the film because it really does set the story for the rest of the movie. Or so I thought. The anger and fear on Ben's face as he watched the destruction of his building and the destruction of Metropolis was evident. The determination to change things was even more apparent.
My favorite character out of the entire film had to be Alfred. Jeremy Irons is an amazing actor and he portrayed this character so well because I didn't even recognize his voice like I tend to do when I come across his movies. He is the iconic voice of Scar from The Lion King. Throughout the film, Alfred provided the perfect amount of sarcasm and wit that I expected from Bruce's Butler.
My lingering question though, is why Zack Snyder felt the need to have so many psychedelic dream sequences. They were rushed in my opinion. Also, it felt like the action sequences were also rushed at times in order to fit in more of the dreams. Throughout the film, I still felt like the story line for Diana Prince wasn't explained very well or added in right. I didn't see her importance to the film until the very end fight sequence.
Overall, I really enjoyed the film. Ben Affleck completely surprised me as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Henry Cavill made me love Superman even more with his stellar performance again. Overall, the movie was stellar. What did you think about the film as whole? Did you think Wonder Woman shouldn't have been introduced? Should she have had a better written story line that explained things better? What did you think of Ben Affleck as Batman? Was Justice met? Or was it just a psychedelic superhero Alice In Wonderland film? Let me know your thoughts below.