Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice has finally arrived in theaters, and it’s been (to put it politely) a bloodbath with the critics harsh criticism of the film. Currently at Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 30% rating (come on, really?) and a 7.6/10 on IMDB (still not great, but I’ll take it). I saw this film last night, and I was pleasantly entertained. Ben Affleck nailed the part of Bruce Wayne/Batman, bringing a sense of grittiness to the role like we’ve never seen from a Batman before. Henry Cavill is once again great at playing Superman. Now a lot of people were outraged when Jesse Eisenberg was announced to play the role of Lex Luthor. Fans and individuals alike were bashing the choice and didn’t seem to be on board with this particular decision. From what I saw, Jesse Eisenberg did a good job. I say “good” because he took the Lex Luthor role, and made it his own. In the comics, Lex Luthor is usually this strapping, bald, egomaniac that is obsessed with killing Superman. In Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, that’s not the case. Instead, Jesse Eisenberg brought a different approach to Lex Luthor, and I believe it worked well in this film. I saved the best for last, and that is Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot. Gal crushes it as Wonder Woman. From her hair, her figure, and costume, Gal Gadot successfully breathes life into the character.
Moving on to the plot of the film. I’ll admit, storytelling is not DC’s strong suit, and that’s ok because DC makes up for it in the spectacle of the movie. I know that story development is paramount to a film, but DC has a niche, just like Marvel captures their plot a little bit more efficiently, but they fall short of tying it all together, and often there are redundant action sequences in Marvel films. The main thing to remember here is that both DC and Marvel are based on comic books (obviously), so suspending your disbelief is crucial while you watch this films. Plots in both franchises will never make complete sense to anyone.
One thing that has always stood out to me in DC’s films is the emotional aspect that is put into their films. From the Dark Knight trilogy and Man of Steel, DC has been able to pull you into their world with emotion. There’s no doubt that you’ll sense feeling in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and that’s what sets DC apart from Marvel. While Marvel films are fun to watch, and you laugh (a lot) you never really feel emotionally attached to the characters as you would with DC. Along with the grandeur of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, there’s emotional bits strewn throughout the film as it goes along.
And last but not least, how about Batman and Superman sharing the silver screen for the very first time in movie history? The fact that two of the biggest superheroes of all time are in a movie together is incredible. This is the kind of movie that I dreamed about as a kid, and it’s finally here. Instead of picking sides, we should all be thankful that Hollywood is interested in making these comic book films. So ignore the critics and have a blast while you watch Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.