The My Fangirl Life team went to see Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and boy do I have a lot to say about the subject (along with most of the world). This much-hyped movie is not the out-of-the-ballpark shot that DC so badly needs… but I’m not upset that I saw it. Read on for a Batman V Superman review!
Please note: In accordance with our Spoiler Guide, I have to let you know that there are heavy spoilers of this movie in the following review. Stop reading now if you haven’t seen it yet; you have been warned!
As a whole, I thought that this movie had too much going on and not enough, at the same time. It was moving too quickly and yet I found myself bored at various points. Some of the storylines seemed totally random and unnecessary, and I’m not really sure that they even tied in to the overall plot. Basically, I found a lot about Batman V Superman confusing.
It all began with the artsy, choppy shots that were selected for the end product. I mean, this movie was never meant to be an award-winner or anything like that – why try to make it seem like an artistic endeavour? I get that DC takes their superhero movies in a bit more of a dramatic and serious direction than Marvel, but I think that the greyscale filter and the camera angles and perspectives selected were a little much. The appearance of the whole movie was way overdone.
And the brood-fest that is most of the movie only added to the dull and grey exterior. Both Superman and Batman spent far too much time brooding about the other hero, making them both seem dull. The juxtaposition of light versus dark felt more like a comparison of grey and slightly darker grey. Though Batman can be expected to have this kind of attitude, Superman seems like he should be lighter. The traditional boy scout was portrayed as a less dramatic version of the caped crusader.
I did, however, find it interesting that Batman was shown as being motivated by hatred of those that did wrong, while Superman was motivated by love. It was ironic to see that as the alien, Superman was the one that seemed to be the more human character overall. I think this is a common trait for them in all incarnations but I enjoyed how it actually came across in this film (as opposed to the aforementioned day vs night comparisons).
The plot itself advanced in strange leaps and bounds… and there were many scenes that did not even seem to really fit in or be necessary. Like what was with the Batman workout montage? Why did it happen then? Was someone in the training room a big fan of the classic 80’s training montage and insistent it be thrown in at some point? And was it really necessary to re-show Batman’s origin story? How many people are going to see this movie that don’t know how he came to be? EVERYONE knows Batman’s parents died. EVERYONE. And why did we need all those weird flashbacks/dream sequences that I didn’t get at all? Things moved very slowly but also jumped from scene to scene and back to the previous scene in a rapid-fire fashion; it was tough to follow.
And that brings me to some of the other perplexing plot questions. Perhaps if either of the heroes had spared a thought for what Lex Luthor could be planning to do, they could have headed him off at the pass and avoided the whole gross-alien-mutant debacle at the end of the movie. Maybe instead of judging Superman for something that happened when he first came forward into the public eye, Batman could have started some sort of superhero mentorship sessions with him. I mean, they’ve gone through some similar things and have similar goals; it would make sense to team up to achieve them. What’s so wrong with all getting along, gentlemen?
I really can’t get over the fact that one mention of the name “Martha” was what made Batman decide to be reasonable. In the words of our contributor Mark: “Oh we’re like totally cool Martha bros! Now we can be besties!”. I’m pretty sure they could have found a more powerful way to unite the two heroes… like oh say a giant alien thing destroying cities and threatening the very people they both want to protect?
Other random confusing things about this movie that I really want to mention:
- Why did the guy with no legs decide to send his paycheques back to Wayne Enterprises with mean notes on them? Because he was mad at Superman? What exactly was this accomplishing?
- What was Lex even doing when creating that giant alien? Maybe it was just me, but I don’t know what his goals were with that at all. Just to destroy the world? I guess that works.
- How exactly was there a live broadcast of what was happening on Wonder Woman’s airplane? And also, doesn’t it seem like the things going on in that city would be reason to ground any air traffic?
And on that note, my favourite part of the movie was Wonder Woman! The mention of all potential Justice League founders was great… although, as a very casual superhero fan, I did not get the Flash reference earlier in the film… we had to retell all of Batman’s origins yet we couldn’t have had some sort of “Hey! It’s the Flash!” shoutout. But back to Wonder Woman! She is just so darn cool and I’m incredibly excited about the fact that she has her very own movie in the works. When she jumped into that final battle, it just amped up all the excitement for me. The way she fearlessly took on Doomsday with flying leaps to rival any hero… perhaps she is the female cinematic superhero we’ve been waiting for!
There were many perplexing things that happened in this movie that I don’t have the time or energy to mention here, but I think the overall takeaway from this is that at the very least it is a giant ad for Wonder Woman. I can’t wait to see more of her story!
To sum it all up, here is my rating of the Batman V Superman movie based on our My Fangirl Life Rating System:
5 out of 10 feels: ?ﾟﾤﾔ?ﾟﾘﾱ?ﾟﾏﾻ⚪️⚪️⚪️⚪️⚪️
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