Funny thing about this movie when I went to see it; the title says "Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice", and yet it seems as if the movie is mostly about Batman trying to pursue and destroy "the evil Man of Steel". The Bat has never been portrayed more negatively than in this one, nor with such a short temper before he's going off the deep end and taking it out on everybody. And for the first time ever, even Alfred gets tired of Batman's gloom-and-doom gig, and nearly sounds as if he's ready to walk out on him! And this is Alfred we're talking about!! I know he did leave in "The Dark Knight Rises", but that was another story, a better story, in which Alfred was begging to save Bruce's life from Batman by trying to convince him to quit. And for God's sake, Alfred's been through the wringer as much as Batman himself has, and he's almost like Bruce's father figure, since certain allowances needed to be made in that area. But Bruce finds himself almost turning on Alfred, and he would have absolutely no right to do that! But IF you're going to understand at least part of this movie, then you really need to watch "Man of Steel" to understand the first ten minutes of this nightmare. It links directly into "Batman Vs. Superman", which adds fuel to the fire that both Lex Luthor and Bruce Wayne start in a not-so-private campaign to what Batman believes is an evil opponent who literally can't be stopped, unless you have some kryptonite in your back pocket, and then it's no big deal. But for the longest time, Batman can't see what manipulation Luthor is using against him, to drive Bruce into overdrive against Superman. And Batman uses extreme tactics that we aren't really used to from him. Lex Luthor, absolutely, but the Bat? No friggin' way!
There are a thousand spoilers that would be so easy for me to list, but luckily for me, I'm not into that. I've never appreciated anybody ruining the movie for me before I had a chance to see it, and I'm certainly not going to do that to anyone who reads this, so just man up, fan-boys! If you're trolling to find out some stupid little thing before everybody else, then do yourself a favor and just buy a damn ticket and go see the movie! Everybody else does that wants to. Just get over yourselves and deal with it!
So many mistakes were made with this movie; beginning with the fact that director Zack Snyder seems so ungrateful to have Superman in the movie in a very direct way, that he seems to concentrate solely on making sure Batman's side of everything is put to the absolute best effect, including bringing in Lex Luthor, "Big Blue's" ultimate enemy, which is disturbing when it seems to bring Batman and Luthor together on THE SAME SIDE, and even though this might be considered brief by some, the war against Superman keeps getting built higher and higher. Unfortunately, Big Blue isn't the only one who's grossly left out in the wings, both figuratively and literally. Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot, makes her major movie debut for the first time ever on the big screen, and she's treated as nothing more than a conniving cheerleader trying to get the attention of an all-star quarterback! I honestly felt bad for her, almost wondering why she was even cast in the movie, when she was forced to play such a subliminal part that she almost didn't matter in the big picture.
There is one note of reassurance for Diana, that she has her own movie that's going to be released next June--June 2nd, as a matter of fact! I'm all for that, as it would have to be an improvement over her being mistreated in this movie. But there is one serious question that someone should ask besides me, which is: now that "Batman Vs. Superman" has been revealed as the awkwardly lopsided story that it is, will this mean that DC Comics will actually step back and take a breath before making more plans than they can manage? Maybe it's time for DC and Warner Brothers to see what they've done by building up too much hype and now everyone involved is being made to suffer for it. And DC and Warner Bros. aren't the only ones who need to consider this, but also Marvel Comics and Disney Studios, with their massive campaign for the next several Avengers movies that are coming up, and fast! But let's get back to the movie at hand, shall we?
Ben Affleck clearly campaigned to be the first actor named in the movie, which he is, so he got his wish. (Pathetic bastard!) He also narrates the first and last segments of the movie, which carry on this Batman's eternal downward spiral pessimism, and from the first minutes of the movie he's already going on about HIM and HIS parents and everything that was stolen from HIM and NOBODY else. And we have to put up with watching a whole new scene of a very tired story that's been run into the ground so many times that you already know what's going to happen, it can't help but be memorized into people's minds: the murders of Martha and Thomas Wayne. I have to admit that, after having to watch this movie, I doubt that I'll ever want to watch another Batman movie again(in the future, that is.) And there are so many things that are so weird with Affleck's playing Batman that just don't make any damn sense. For one thing, the Bat has adopted the idea of putting some major hurt on bad guys that nobody's ever seen before! I mean, really, where did THAT idea come from?! And he's almost represented as a kind of vampire, and in this movie, justifiably so! Batman is more "Prince of Darkness" instead of "Caped Crusader", and that's just not fair to the fans, by any means.
Meanwhile, Superman aka Clark Kent played by Henry Cavill, is on the other side of the street, still trying to do nothing but good for everyone around and being forced to get caught up in Bruce's war against him. The man even lets himself be submitted to a Congressional oversight committee, in which he's demanded to appear, and he actually shows up! Now THIS is a guy to respect, not to make out to be the bad guy. As Superman, he has nothing to hide, especially where his activities are concerned. Even so, Clark himself isn't intimidated in the least, but he feels the pressure for those he loves as well as those he's sworn himself to protect. So, in a very real and very human way, he has everything to be afraid of, if not for himself. While Bats is trying to convince everybody that he's the good guy, and Superman is the bad guy, Clark keeps doing his thing in spite of it all, with no desire to fight Batman at any point; Superman is the ultimate good guy, and the ultimate superhero! He doesn't want ANYBODY to get hurt, INCLUDING BATMAN, who actually gets close to killing him! We see Batman in a lot darker places than nobody's wanted to in this movie, and it's clear that it was a mistake to have done this.
Above, you already know the two powers behind the two vastly different thrones. With Martha Kent, it's the oldest rule in the book, and a simple one: You don't mess with the mama! And regarding Alfred, somebody's got to be able to put a boot across the Batman's ass! And since dad Thomas Wayne isn't around, that job goes to Alfred! Lois Lane gets an honorable mention as one of the "powers behind the powers", seeing as how she is, after all, Superman's girlfriend. Yeah, you don't wanna piss off HER boyfriend! Life expectancy would quickly go to ZERO! lol
As a last note on this, I'm glad that Wonder Woman is at least getting her own movie moved up, although it means that future DC movies are now being put on serious hold, if not being cancelled. "Suicide Squad", which was to be the start of a new rash of DC movies, has been put on hold for a little while so new scenes can be shot, which is seriously screwed up. The movie was already finished, with the exception of some minor post-production work to be done, but now Warner Brothers have panicked so bad that they've ordered more scenes and more humor to be worked into the movie. Excuse me, but is this a classic case of bad timing or what?! And now that the dust has nearly settled, it's said although not quite confirmed that "Justice League" has been put on the back burner for an indefinite period amount of time, since director Zack Snyder has been fired, courtesy of his bosses at Warner Brothers. And with his being fired, the entire list of DC movies is likely to be cancelled, or worse, put on hold for eternity. Way to go, Zack Snyder, you idiot!
Face it, guys. You're just not into making your movies the way Marvel is. And even if you want to compete with them, you need Christopher Nolan back in the director's chair. Just saying!