BY SCOTT PETERSON
It’s been three years since Zach Snyder stole Comic-Con by announcing Warner Brothers’s plans to delay it’s sequel to the ultra divisive Man of Steel and instead focus on pitting arguably the two most iconic superheroes of all time, Batman and Superman, against one another for the first time in live action cinema history. What followed was three very long years of over zealous fanboy eruptions over everything from the casting of Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader to the over scrutinization of every unveiled trailer. With a whopping slate of ten DC Universe films set to follow Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s fair to surmise that Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel follow up doesn’t just have to bring in the masses, it also has to be good. The million or should I say billion dollar question is, ” Is it any good”? The answer is a resounding yes.
Without going too deep into spoiler territory, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice starts off during the Superman/General Zod climax at the end of Man of Steel. We basically witness what we have seen in all of the trailers, Bruce Wayne (Affleck) driving and running towards the destruction in Gotham while the rest of the public is running away. We all know what happens as the collateral damage of Superman/Zod carnage results in a massive loss of life and the destruction of Wayne Tower. The story picks up 18 months later as a still pissed off Batman is seriously starting to view Superman (Henry Cavill) as a viable threat to humanity. Meanwhile Senator Fitch (Holly Hunter) demands Superman show up and address his role in recent deaths, which were also collateral damage. Lex Luther (Jessie Eisenberg), the head of Lex Corp sees this as a chink in Superman’s armor as public opinion on the Man of Steel has waned. Luther then devises a plan that would have Batman using all of that anger to destroy Superman, thus eliminating him as a future obstacle.
That’s it. That’s all you are getting from me. Warner Brothers has been pretty steadfast with their insistence upon not revealing spoilers and preserving the film going experience for everyone and for good reason. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is loaded with Easter eggs and jaw dropping moments (especially if you are a fan of DC Comics) that it’s best to go into the film with a blissful ignorance. For those of you out there who think there was too much revealed in the trailers, you can back away from the ledge. The film is 2 1/2 hours of non stop action and I would even venture to say that it’s one of the film’s flaws. Yes, the flaws. Batman v Superman is by no means a perfect movie. Zack Snyder has made a film so ambitious and epic in scope, that some of the film suffers because of it. The plot and character development at times feels convoluted and the film is at times way too reliant on CGI ( Yes, I’m talking to you Doomsday). Overall, Batman v Superman has way too much going for it and while these obstacles might have sunk a smaller film, here they are just nitpicks. Ben Affleck is my new favorite Batman, Cavill’s Superman is given much more to do (acting wise) this time around, and did I mention Wonder Woman? Gal Gadot’s screen time is brief, but her Wonder Woman brings down the house. But the real price of admission comes with the main event, the two on the title card. The fighting scenes between Batman and Superman are absolutely incredible.
It’s taken three years to get to this point. My advice to you all is don’t go into Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice thinking this is the greatest comic book movie ever made, because it’s not. Go to watch the two most popular characters in comic book history go at it on the big screen for the first time in history, you won’t be disappointed.