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Batman v. Superman Scores High With Batman And Wonder Woman...Not Much Else!

Written by  Published April 1, 2016 03:30
A die hard Batman Fangirl reviews the Man of Steel sequel, where there really isn’t much of Man of Steel. Spoilers ahoy! Seriously.

bvsmaxresdefaultOkay, look. I went into this movie with low expectations.  I was one of the many people that did not enjoy Man of Steel.  I just didn’t. I don’t believe Superman would have done a lot of the crap that they had him do in that movie, so making a sequel based off of a movie that was really low scoring in the first place just seemed bad.  But wait dear reader! We added Batman and Wonder Woman.  That makes up for it, right? Well…

Let me start off with saying the movie had great potential.  I can see where they were trying to go with it.  The execution of the movie was off.  First, don’t have a Superman movie WITH NO SUPERMAN. It felt like he was only in the movie a total of 15 minutes. It was Batman’s movie.  Which I have no problem with, if they knew how to edit films in a concise manner that would make sense for us to follow!

Mini-breakdown of actors and actresses: we have Henry Cavill is Superman, Ben Affleck is Batman, Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman, Lex Luthor is Jesse Eisenberg, and Amy Adams is Lois Lane. Secondary characters include Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, and Jeremy Irons as Alfred.  Out of everyone, the only person to convince me of amazingness was Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman with Jeremy Irons a close, close second.  I will say this; Ben was a good Batman, just not executed properly.

So for some backstory, we get to learn of Batman’s origin story. AGAIN. I’m sure most people know why Batman is Batman by now! Stop showing me Thomas and Martha getting shot in Crime Alley!! It’s depressing and sets the tone for this movie.  We get to see Bruce Wayne driving like a bat out of hell in Metropolis after landing from a Helicopter.  What’s goin on? Why is he in such a hurry?  Pan to the sky and we see Superman fighting General Zod.  Oh. That’s where Batman was during this hell of Metropolis.  We get to see Bruce Wayne helping people out of the ruble of a destroyed city and he is PISSED.  Pan to the trailer scene of him holding a small girl and glaring at the sky. If looks could kill, Bruce, if looks could kill.

18 months later.

First major screw up.  The very beginning of the movie, for whatever reason, Lois Lane is with some random guy in the desert. Random guy gets shot in the face. That was freakin’ Jimmy Olsen. WHAT?! He was in the movie 30 seconds then BAM! Dead. Why?! That served no purpose but to have Superman come and save Lois. WE get it, you love her, why the hell was she there in the first place?! Explain yourself! Seriously, it’s annoying how many times stuff like this seems to happen.

What Superman fails to understand is that someone hired men out in the desert to kill everyone in his name! He didn’t hear or see this because he was too involved with Lois! Which to me, isn’t very Superman-like. He seems to know what’s going on at all times in the comics. Just always saving people and helping everyone even when Lois is in danger. Not in this movie!

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So, the movie just continues to disappoint with anything having to do with Clark Kent or Superman.  This movie is basically a Batman film, which is GREAT!  I think that Ben Affleck did an amazing job with Bruce Wayne/Batman, though in some shots he looks totally uncomfortable in his suit…or TOO angry…or confused. I am not sure, but there were some parts where I just laughed because it was awkward.

I’m not going to go through ALL plot points or random things that happened in the movie. Instead, let’s look at the actors and how they brought our characters to life.  Cavill doesn’t seem to understand who Superman is, or if he does, then Synder has no idea how to direct an actor on how to be a good Man of Steel.  Because when it gets down to it, if the world wanted Superman to leave, he would LEAVE!  That’s the kind of character Superman has, not sticking around to continue to try and help people that do not want him around.

Affleck does an amazing job.  I really didn’t have any problems with him.  He looked the part, very handsome Bruce Wayne, very intimidating Batman.  I really enjoyed how Affleck worked well with Irons as Alfred.  They had a lot of fun banter that was something I would imagine in the real world. Irons as Alfred was a little hard to get used to because I always feel like Alfred is much older.

Gadot STEALS the show. She is flawless, and she is the real reason why the movie has any saving grace.  It was very emotional, for me, when Wonder Woman showed up on the screen. Wonder Woman is a huge part of my life and to finally see her up on the screen, just amazing. I applauded and screamed when she appeared. SO great! She owns the scenes she is in, either as Wonder Woman or Diana Prince. She moves with grace and speaks in a way everyone around her will listen. She was a joy, and my favorite addition to the movie.

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Eisenberg is a very different Lex Luthor.  He is not the Luthor I grew up knowing.  I feel like they tried to make him Luthor Jr, but that is very weird to me.  He still came across as trying to be classic Luthor and he missed the mark.  His hair, woof.  His hair was disgusting. It bothered me so, so much! If you are a millionaire, you should have better hair. He was weirdly threatening in the creepiest way.  When he is up on the tower threating Superman, I felt like it was a little shallow.  Also, how does everyone seem to know the secret identity of everyone?! I mean, it is implied that Luthor knew Wayne is Batman. It’s how he was able to trick Batman into thinking Superman needed to die. And he knew Supes is Kent. I was just confused and lost. I get it, you are evil and trying to slowly take over the world, but explain things a bit better, Snyder! Geeeez!

Let’s be honest, the rest of the cast is just noise compared to the main group.  When Superman and Batman confront each other, I will admit it was pretty cool, but the fight lasted maybe 10 minutes.  I thought the movie was called Batman vs. Superman. Why wasn’t there more fighting? Also, they became bros pretty quickly. Which I get, they are both heroes, but for all the hype up, it was disappointing there wasn’t more.

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Now, when the all might trinity group of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman start to fight the CGI mess of Doomsday, that was pretty cool, but again, lasted way too short. The CGI seemed like a huge mess. I just couldn’t get through how fake Doomsday looked, more so compared to the actors when they were fighting him. Also, the shock value at the end, was just wasted on me.

So, with all the hype of this movie, it was a huge let down to me.  We barely get a look at what will be the Justice League.  We get random nightmares or dreams that make no sense just watching them.  Massive events that happen in the movie wasn’t explained and I had to read other reviews or analysis to know what had happened. Am I glad the movie is doing well? Yes, because I want more!  Could this movie have been so much more? Definitely.

Also, the movie suffered from what a lot of movies do when they are promoting, they showed some of the best scenes in the trailer. Why would you do that? They should have left this movie a huge question mark the entire time. We already knew that people would go see it.  I mean, Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman all on the same screen, yes that will be a hit. 

Also, how about we have better editing on the next movie? This movie was so choppy that I was losing my mind.  Scenes were only about 2-5 minutes long except for a couple key moments. It was very frustrating because as soon as I felt the movie was going somewhere, that scene was over.  Just very sloppy.

Will I own this movie? Yes. Will I get the deluxe Blu-ray edition that has all the extra scenes? Yes. Please don’t mistake my being upset for not enjoying parts of the movie. I am just very upset it wasn’t better.  I guess I expected more.  Snyder did a very good job on 300, I was just hoping he went back to those roots.

When the Blu-ray comes out, I am sure I will have another article over how it is better than the theatrical release. I mean, I have already bought a lot of Wonder Woman merchandise.  DC needs to figure out how to make these movies as successful as Marvel.  Just make movies based off of actual comic book storylines and keep it that way! Don’t add twists!!!

Dear readers, what did you think of the movie? Let me know!  I give the movie 6.5 capes out of 10. Whomp Whomp.

Lisa McCarty

Lisa "Spazzy" McCarty is quite the comic book girl. Recently joining the ranks at eXpertComics as a main columnist, she can also be heard on various podcasts that maintain a female-centric point of view on comics and pop culture. When she's not knee-deep in comics, she works for the local health department and a cat-wrangler. A fangirl at heart, she has been reading comics since before she could walk. Despite numerous allegations, she is not the masked thief known as Catwoman. She loves Sphynx cats and hopes to get blue ones some day. Enter the Spazzy...

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