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I want to make it clear right out of the gate that this is not an angry post. This isn't some rant about how [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870) fails because it doesn't adhere exactly to its comic book source. What this is, is a fun look at what was changed by the writers, director, and everyone else involved. Are you on board with that? Well, if you're not then I'm going to plough on ahead anyway.

*Also, SPOILERS for 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'*

1. Batman's Killing Rules

This is one that no live-action iteration of Batman seems to have nailed yet. The Dark Knight trilogy came incredibly close to doing so, but then Batman knocked Two-Face off a building to his death and we all raised our hands in exasperation and cried "well never mind then Nolan." Dawn of Justice takes things back to the Burton era of Batman, with his principles on murder seeming more reminiscent of those he had in Batman and Batman Returns. Hopefully this will change in the future films in this universe, as the film seemed to sort of, maybe, perhaps (basically I didn't see it but others did) imply that Superman had inspired Batman to holster his gun.

2. Lex Luthor Jr.

In the comics, Lex has had a fair few children over the years, but most of them are with aliens, and none of them resulted in — well, a weirder Max Landis version of himself. When taken as the genuine Lex Luthor, he's nothing like the calm, cunning, cold, and conniving Luthor we're used to. If I can't see the interpretation of Luthor as the US president, then he's a failure in my eyes. So basically, regardless of how you interpret this version of the character and his place in his family tree, he's not faithful to the comics. Also he's unbearable, but that's just my opinion.

3. Doomsday

We're not going to pull another one of those "waahh, he doesn't look exactly like the Doomsday in the comics," even though he doesn't look exactly like the Doomsday in the comics, and doesn't look particularly good either. No, this is more levied at how he's created. Even getting over the baffling way a Kryptonian corpse and some human blood somehow make a — whatever this is, this origin lines up more with Superboy than it does with Doomsday. Normally, he's an alien scientist's subject whose years of experimentation have turned him into a monster that can recover from any death. He's different in the film, and pointing that out is basically the point of this article.

4. Superman Saving People

Dawn of Justice has a whole montage dedicated to showing Superman saving some people, almost as a direct reaction to people complaining about him not doing so in Man of Steel. That's a good thing, because it is kind of the whole point of Superman; but what doesn't gel with the comics is how damn depressed he is while doing it. The Kal-El I know revels in his ability to save people, smiling genuinely as he offers his hand to a man with a broken leg, or offers words of comfort to a child in a burning building. Again, different doesn't necessarily equal worse, but wouldn't it be nice to see Henry Cavill crack a smile in these films? I mean, he seems so much fun in real life, why not on screen?

5. Alfred

As live-action Alfreds go, Jeremy Irons is a decent one. The issue I take with him, and virtually every other version, is that they fail to capture a major part of what I love about him. Dawn of Justice gets the snarky, irritable side of him, constantly pointing out how ridiculous Bruce's crusade is, but so far only Gotham has really noticed how hands on and skilled he is, or how savagely defensive of Bruce he can get. If you want to know what I'm talking about, read Injustice: Year One to get a clear picture of what I don't feel the movies get about Alfred. Sure, he only has a few moments, but he steals the show.

Wrapping Up

Thanks for reading guys, I do hope you enjoyed it. Again, I want to stress that these aren't criticisms, just observations, and I hate how I need to clarify that due to the flaring tempers surrounding this film. Anyway, if you have thoughts on any of my points, or even inaccuracies of your own, please feel free to let me know about them in the comments.

Did you notice any other differences between the comics and the movie?


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