With a 29% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, you are probably wondering whether the colossal battle between The Big Blue Boy Scout and the Dark Night is actually a colossal failure.
Warning: there will be spoilers
I had low expectations for this film because I, like many others, was concerned with Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Bruce Wayne/Batman. How could he replace Michael Keaton’s Gotham Knight or Christian Bale’s realistic Capped Crusader? Heck, I was positive that Ben Affleck couldn’t hold a dime to Kevin Conroy’s silky voice in Batman’s animated persona. However, I digress. Ben Affleck did a wonderful job as an older and cynical Batman, a Batman similar to the one in the Arkham video games. I enjoyed his heavy-handed fighting style and the minimal, but effective use of gadgets. At the end of the film, you understood why he, a man with no supernatural abilities, could defeat Superman, a being with god-like powers.
Speaking of Superman, the special effects in previous films caused Superman’s abilities look comedic. A man flying so fast he can disrupt the rotation of the Earth? Not buying it. However, you’d be completely convinced in this film – you won’t see muscled man on strings or terrible CGI effects, I promise. Henry Cavill is flawless.
You may be disappointed by the multiple plots in the film. Although they flowed seamlessly, the concept that Batman hates Superman for existing, Superman hates Batman because he gets away with murder (not literally, kinda), Lex Luthor hates Superman for his god-like powers, and Lex uses Batman to kill Superman while creating Doomsday, is a bit much for even a two hour and thirty-three minute film. There are also a few dream sequences that will leave your scratching you head. Moreover, although I enjoyed Tao Okamoto as Mercy (yay for diversity), I loathed Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor. It wasn’t his acting, I just don’t like Jesse Eisenberg. Amy Adams was lovely as Lois Lane, but she almost died 15 billion times in this film. I would have liked to see a little less damsel in distress, but I’m a feminist.
For the DCU geeks, the film introduced Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and gave a glimpse of Cyborg, the Flash, and Aquaman, future members of the Justice League.
Rotten Tomatoes gave Pitch Perfect 2 a 65% approval rating and that movie was garbage, so go form your own options about Batman v Superman.
Me? I give the film 4 out of 5 bunnies! I deducted a point just for Jesse Eisenberg.