In order to love any comic book movie, one has to love, to some extent, the moral implication super heroes endure in a comic book. Any comic book surrounds the reader of a world filled with chaos and destruction and show the feelings and the emotions of a superhero character as he/she look for ways to save the day from peril. And as the final pages draw nearer to its conclusion, the reader will remembered it forever. One has to ponder whether this captivating tale will ever go to the big screen? Well my fellow readers, that time is now. Zack Snyder take on skeptics, fans, onlookers and the curious as he presents the film of Bruce Wayne, played by Ben Affleck, as the Gotham’s Dark Knight meets an alien from another world whose heart is as endless as his strength, Superman, played by Henry Cavill, in epic comic book drama come to life in the film, “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
The story takes place after the rebuilding of Metropolis from the battle between Superman and General Zod. Critics of Superman think he’s too powerful to live among humans while those who lost loved ones in the aftermath considers him to be an enemy of the state. While in Gotham, just a harbor view away, the Batman has become more relentless towards criminals as he deals with the loss of his enduring sidekick, Robin. Realizing that Superman has the ability to wipe humanity off the face of the earth, Lex Luthor, played by Jesse Eisenberg, discovers a way to weaponize pieces of Kryptonian technology to destroy Superman. His schemes are spoiled as the Batman steals a crate with it’s content from Lex. Lex Luthor later manages to sway high ranking politicians and government officials allowing access to Kryptonian ship which is heavily guarded in the middle of Metropolis as well as access of General Zod’s body.
While inside the alien spacecraft, Lex discover Superman’s identity and manipulates him to kill Batman while Lex holds hostage Superman/Clark’s mom’s Martha Kent, played by Diane Lane as incentive. In the classic battle between God vs. Man, during a dark and stormy night, two of the founding fathers of the Justice League, face off in a battle to end all battles. For insurance, Lex uses the alien’s ship technology to create an abomination from Zod’s body. Elsewhere, Diana Prince, who is Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot, prepares to fly back home unsuccessful retrieving a photo taken of herself during World War I, is alerted to the creature called Doomsday whose wreaking havoc in Metropolis causes her to make a moral decision. Will Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman fall to their deaths before the start of the Justice League?
What I found extremely amazing in Zack Snyder directing of this film was how painstaking difficult it was to bring specific scenes from various comics and incorporate them into the film. Most directors (Like the DC’s Green Lantern) would have simply followed the script and be done filming. Zack took it among himself to research what’s the best comic book scene in order to bring these comic book superheroes to life and not film an actor portraying a hero with a cape. Not only did Zach did his homework to understand the back-story to each character but incorporated not one, not two, not even three but four distinct and most memorable scenes from the comics.
In the comic book, “DC’s Death in the Family", Robin dies at the hands of the Joker while the film portrays Robin’s outfit on display in the Batcave like a fallen soldier. In another scene, Bruce W. awaits an encryption program to end, he’s suddenly startled as a face appears out of nowhere and warns him of Lois Lane, she’s the key and must be protected. And it continues as Bruce dreams of a civilization where Superman is a tyrant governing a hellish world. That’s from, “DC’s Injustice, Gods among Us”. When Superman battles Batman to the death, comes from Frank Miller’s legendary comic classic, “DC’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.” And finally, as Superman fights against a creature more powerful than him ignores the bruises and blood fallen from his body to give the final blow and extinguish Doomsday, comes from DC’s, “Superman: The Death of Superman.”
It simply goes to show how dedicated Zack Snyder was to bring these iconic heroes to light we as fans fondly remember them. The film by far shows the most vivid portrayal of how being a hero carries a heavy burden of guilt and disdain from people they’re trying to save. But Zack show how these characters fight for those who cannot fight for themselves and be an incorruptible guardian for all. For those who were not favorably kind to the film, ask yourself this, “Are you a comic book fan?” I give it 9 out of 10 due to little we saw of Wonder Woman during the film, she would have made a greater impact to the storyline, but I’ll wait for her movie, due out 2017. I strongly urge to restrain yourself from listening to negative critics and see the film for yourself, you won’t be disappointed, rated PG-13.