Batman v Superman – Dawn of Justice
Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons
‘Batman vs Superman’ is the highly anticipated follow up to Zack Snyder’s ‘Man of Steel’. Fans of the genre have been clamouring for a big screen adaption of the Frank Miller penned comic series for years and ever since the adaptation was announced superhero fans have been reeling with excitement. But does the film live up to the hype?
The film begins with Bruce Wayne trying to reach one of his buildings in Metropolis amidst the climactic final battle taking place between Superman and Zod at the end of the previous instalment. Before he can reach it though the building gets demolished (killing Wayne Enterprise employees in the process) as the two Kryptonians smash through it during their melee. This incident sets off a chain reaction that leads to the epic confrontation between Batman and Superman that the fans have been waiting for.
While the film does contain a number of exciting visuals and set pieces it does seem to drag on at times. This is especially true for the first hour; the film introduces us to the main characters and sets up events for the final showdown although I personally though this was a little long and drawn out. The films aesthetic look remained true to Snyder’s original Man of Steel so those hoping for a more colourful and upbeat Marvel type film will be disappointed. On the other hand, those who preferred the more ‘gritty’ look of the previous film will be well satisfied.
Henry Cavill gives a serviceable performance as Superman, though I don’t think anyone will ever top Christopher Reeves’ take on the character. Ben Affleck gives a really good performance as an older, angrier and more cynical Batman, which is saying something considering all the previous incarnations he has to live up to.
On the other hand Gal Gadot and Jesse Eisenberg were in my opinion greatly miscast as Wonder Woman and Lex Luther. Gadot had very little to work with as Wonder Woman is hardly in the film other than to set up the upcoming ‘Justice League’ film and it remains to be seen whether she’ll be able to carry a standalone ‘Wonder Woman’ film on her own.
Eisenberg’s take on Lex Luther is nothing short of baffling. Those familiar with the character will be disappointed as this interpretation has little to do with the source material – in fact Eisenberg seems to be playing Luther as a psychotically neurotic Mark Zuckerburg.
Overall the film has its flaws and casual viewers may find it too dark and bleak for their liking, but fans of the genre and especially director Zack Snyder’s ‘Man of Steel’ will find a lot of good things to take away from this film.
Reviewed by Andrew Fisun