Batman vs Superman
BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (12)
D: Zach Snyder
Warner Bros/Ratpac-Dune/DC (Charles Roven & Deborah Snyder)
USA 🇺🇸 2016
W: Chris Terrio & David S. Goyer [based on characters from DC Comics]
DP: Larry Fong
Ed: David Brenner
Mus: Hans Zimmer & Junkie XL
Ben Affleck (Bruce Wayne/Batman), Henry Cavill (Clark Kent/Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Jeremy Irons (Alfred Pennyworth), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White), Holly Hunter (Senator June Finch), Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman)
So who wins???
In all honesty, Marvel win, and if DC comic properties are going to continue being tarnished by Zach Snyder it won't even be a close contest.
Considering the film is called Batman v Superman, the fight itself is such a small percentage of the screen time that it might as well just be called Dawn Of Justice, but Snyder even fucks that up, because he's a clueless piece-of-shit director.
Throwing needless character upon needless character into the story, the film spends almost two hours creating a tension between Batman & Superman due to their conflicting ideologies, but when the fight does finally materialise, it's all due to Lex Luthor being a dick, manipulating their differences as a diversionary tactic so he can create a superior creature without distraction. In fairness, the entirety of the first and second act are completely throwaway. Seriously, just skip the first 90 minutes and watch the action unfold from there.
The action scenes are reasonably well done, with some nifty visual effects and the introduction of Wonder Woman kicks ass. Unfortunately, it's so boring before you get to this point, it's hard to empathise with the characters, negating any emotion that comes within the scene. It's just a huge mess.
When casting decisions were announced, there was much derision over the choice of Ben Affleck as Batman, but it has to be said that he does okay, despite the terrible script. Henry Cavill also looks the part as Superman, but what Snyder has done with the character is just horrible. Amy Adams is a weak link, lacking the sass which made Lois Lane such a great character in the comics, and she's reduced to a one-dimensional damsel in distress here. As said above, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman is a great addition, but her alter ego's introduction goes on for way too long when there's too many other pointless characters getting in the way of story development. The worst casting decision, however, and by a country mile, is Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, who plays the part in the exact same way he played Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, although with a loud of nervous tics which seem to emphasis the manic sense of mind, but he's just too obnoxious and irritating. A completely wrong approach since Luthor is the evil brains to match Superman's heroic brawn.
I'm getting into SPOILER territory now, so if you've not seen the film yet, or Justice League, stop reading now...
As a huge fan of the first two Christopher Reeve Superman movies, I'm incredibly disappointed with what Snyder had done with the character in Man Of Steel and this film, and to kill him off in this just to bring him back in the next film is really poor storytelling. If you're gonna do it, commit to it. Don't hint at drama just to do a complete 360. It's literally the definition of "deus ex machina".
There are some who felt this was an improvement on Man Of Steel. I, however, consider it much, much worse. Easily the biggest disappointment of 2016.
Did You Know:
In an interview with Jimmy Fallon, Ben Affleck said he was warned by Warner Bros. about the possible negative reaction to his casting, and was advised to remain off the Internet after the casting announcement. He also said to assuage his concerns, the studio showed him negative comments that fans had initially made to previous superhero castings. Affleck said in spite of the studio warnings, he still checked out an online message board. The first comment he read was, "Affleck as Batman? NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!" After seeing that, he immediately went offline.
Justice League (2017); Man of Steel (2013); Wonder Woman (2017)