25.3.16

Batman v Superman Review | Turning a hero into a villain


Ever since I first heard some details about Batman v Superman (like Ben Affleck's involvement, I just don't like the guy), I knew I wasn't going to enjoy the movie as much as I would want to. Any news about the movie were bad news to me, including all the negative reviews these past few days. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is finally out and here are my thoughts.

OVERALL
I did not like 90% of this movie. I honestly don't see the point in telling a story about whatever it was they were telling a story about. 
We already have some amazing Batman movies, and the most recent ones didn't come out that long ago, so they had huge shoes to fill and many people to amaze, which wasn't the case.
They wanted to tell way too many stories at once, reinventing very well known superheroes and villains and giving us a different perspective on their origins.
The last 30 minutes of the movie were good, or at least good compared to the rest. I did enjoy the last part because it's the only part that felt like a superhero movie.

BATMAN - FROM HERO TO ZERO
I was very happy with Batman in the Dark Knight trilogy and Christian Bale as this generation's Batman; we didn't need a new one. As I said before, I don't like Ben Affleck, and that isn't changing anytime soon.
Instead of Batman, I felt like I was watching some vengeful man dressed in a Batman costume (or costumes, one of them being awful: yes, the bulky metal one which felt like he was going to transform into the Batmobile at any point).
I don't want to spoil anything but this version of Batman didn't feel like a superhero at all. He was full of anger and only wanted revenge, turning him into a sort of bad guy you just don't care for. If you want to see Batman doing the right thing, this isn't the movie to watch.

SUPERMAN - MAN OF STEEL 2.0
Henry Cavill is Superman, that is if you liked Man of Steel (another controversial one). I didn't mind it, so I was okay with him reprising his role. He saves people, does all the Superman stuff you expect him to and is, pretty much, a sequel to said film. That is if you ignore everything else about Batman v Superman and only pay attention to Clark's storyline. I didn't really have any issues with him, so let's move on.

LEX LUTHOR - JOKER'S COMPLEX
This is another one I knew I was going to have a problem with. I just couldn't see Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and I think that is because this version of the character is so different from every other one we've seen before. He wasn't bad, but it's not what I'm used to. He is a lot more crazy and out of it than what you'd expect from the CEO of LexCorp, but it works if you accept he is someone different. They do change a lot of his origins and we get to see how he becomes the Lex Luthor we're used to, sort of.

JUSTICE LEAGUE - WHAT IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN
I was very excited to see some of the other Justice League members in the movie and it would have made a lot more sense to make a Justice League movie, but hey, I'm not the one making them so this is what we got.
Wonder Woman was cool, aside from the fact she looked more like Xena, the warrior princess. I think they should have made her costume closer to the original one, but she was great nonetheless. It's a shame she didn't have a bigger role in the movie.
The Flash is my favorite superhero of all time, but I think we can all agree we're never going to have a better Barry Allen than Grant Gustin. He's killing it on the tv show and suddlenly getting someone else to play the part, even if it's just a few seconds for now, feels wrong. We barely saw Flash, but this is another one I just can't wrap my head around.
Aquaman was alright and I'm actually looking forward to seeing what they do with the character in future movies.

FINAL THOUGHTS
I did have a huge issue with the casting choices, and that ruined it for me the most. If I can't see the actors as the characters there's nothing else to do, I just won't like it. With that said, I did try to enjoy it as much as possible and I do think the ending was okay. I'm being very critical with it and I'm aware of that.
People at my cinema seemed to enjoy it and even applauded at the end, so don't just take my word for it.