SPOILER ALERT!!! IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN BATMAN VS SUPERMAN YET, PROCEED AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION.
This morning I dragged myself out of bed and went to see Batman vs Superman, despite all of my friends and family's warnings that I would not like the film. They had all see it and hated it, and told me not to even bother, but being the curious fellow that I am, I just had to see it for myself.
Maybe because my expectations were low, or maybe because most critics and fans have panned the movie, I really wasn't expecting much. In fact, I was not a big fan of Man of Steel, so I was fully resolved that I would not like this film. Yet surprisingly, as I watched the movie, I can honestly say that I didn't hate it. In fact, I thought it was okay. Not great, just okay.
Were there weak spots to this film— ABSOLUTELY. The script by Chris Terri and David S. Goyer was uneven at best. Their choices to make Lex Luthor a psycho Mark Zuckerberg was a poor choice, as was casting Jesse Eisenberg. But that was the problem that carried over from Man of Steel— poor casting. When I look at Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, or newcomer to the franchise, Gal Gadot, I don't see Superman, Lois Lane or Wonder Woman... I know they are supposed to be those characters, but I just don't see it. So when the characters don't act like our perception of the characters from the comic books (and past media), it's hard to really suspend our disbelief, because we know something's just a little off, and I think that's why most fans don't like the film.
Oddly enough, Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, worked for me (although I would have liked the ears on his cowl to be longer), and in fact he seem the most in character. Now I know, you guys are going to say, Batman doesn't kill— my answer is, did you ever see the Tim Burton Batman? He was shooting people, and killed a lot of bad guys, including the Joker, and yet no one seemed to have a problem with it. The fact is, in the long history of the comic book, Batman has killed, depending on who was writing the book. In fact, in the early days of the comic, Batman even carried a gun.
The problem I have is with the movie is mostly with the script. Would Batman kill Superman, just because on day the Man of Steel might go bad? And of course the answer is no. He would come up with a plan to take him down— NO QUESTION. So the movie's premise that Batman is going to kill Superman, just because he might go rouge is one of the major flaws of the movie.
What would have worked better is, after hacking into Luthor's files, Batman discovers that Luthor is developing a Kryptonian bio-weapon with plans to release it upon Metropolis and frame Superman, so Bats convinces Superman to work with him, despite Superman's feelings about Batman's methods of crime fighting. That would have made more sense, and would have given us the detective side of Batman to boot. Not only that, Batman could have used his contingency plan for Superman against Luthor's Doomsday creature... but alas, such a wasted opportunity.
Why the powers that be don't take a page from the folks who have been doing the DC animated films is beyond me. Bruce Timm and his people would have written a much better movie and gotten the character just right. I guess we can only hope that the powers at WB listen to the fans and maybe turn to the guys in the animation department for guidance moving forward.
As for Batman vs Superman, I give it 2 batarangs out of 5.