I’m probably gonna be considered a Blerd traitor for this, but...
BvS wasn’t the piping hot turd of failure most have made it out to be.
*runs and hides from being stoned*
I had the chance to watch it while I was on vacation last week. I’m an action junkie, so I got my fix of awesome action scenes, as well as seeing Wonder Woman in action, and….
...SHE WAS EVERYTHING.
That doesn’t mean the movie wasn’t without its problems, because it CERTAINLY WAS. For the movie to be billed “BvS”, there was certainly MORE focus on Batman than Superman. The “Clark Kent being critical of the Batman of Gotham” plot was a good one, but it wasn’t fully fleshed out. And those weird dreams Bruce had about Superman taking over the planet and the person reaching out to him via a crack in time?
WHAT. THEE FUCK.
Not to mention that Lois and Martha Kent are basically reduced to chessboard pieces to give Clark/Superman something to do/save.
Also, WHY IN THE HELL WOULD LOIS THROW THE DAMN KRYPTONITE SPEAR IN THE DEEP ASS WATER TUNNEL THING, ONLY FOR THE DAMN SPEAR TO BE NEEDED TO DEFEAT OVERGROWN NINJA TURTL—er, I mean ZODOOMSDAY????
And now, we need to talk about Lex Luthor.
I tried to give Jesse Eisenberg—and by extension, Zack Snyder--- a chance to re-imagine Luthor in his own way, but…this tic-having, arrogant know-it-all, smug and rich White cis guy who’s jealous that a person who’s the opposite of him is much more beloved than he is/an object of more interest than he is/because they woke up and drew breath.
Basically Goyer and the other writers turned Lex Luthor into a Gamergater.
Also, how and when did he discover Clark and Bruce’s secret identities? You’re telling me he knew for 18 months that Clark is Superman and Bruce is Batman, yet waited EIGHTEEN MONTHS to get them to fight each other to the death? AND SOMEHOW EITHER KNOWS OF DARKSEID/HAS ALREADY MADE CONTACT WITH DARKSEID?!!!
With that said, I’m gonna have to eat a WEE bit of crow and say that Ben Affleck makes a damn good Batman and Bruce Wayne, and Jeremy Irons makes a damn good (and funny) Alfred. His Alfred is like a less pain-in-the-ass version of Ultimate Jarvis from Millar and Hitch’s “The Ultimates”. I was satisfied with Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next. The easter eggs we received about the Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman were pretty cool, too; good casting decision to get Joe Morton as Vic Stone’s dad.
Dawn of Justice is more watchable than Man of Steel, and that’s because of the same problem I think MoS has: the dislike of Superman as a character on Zach Snyder’s part. Not enough time is spent on Superman’s internal and external struggle with being an outsider, even though he was raised on Earth from a baby, essentially. Man of Steel did a little bit of that via childhood flashbacks, but it wasn’t enough. DoJ suffers the same problem of scratching the surface of Clark/Superman’s character: his reasoning for being critical of Batman’s methods, the weight of having the world be in awe of you and afraid at the same time…these things were addressed very LIGHTLY, as more of an afterthought than the attention given to Bruce/Batman.
Lex’s plot to make Superman look like a villain wasn’t really fleshed out from the start of the movie; all we saw was him rescue Lois and….that was it. No action against the rest of the armed men, no footage of him doing anything, so the complaints of people saying that Superman killed people made no sense. If there was doctored footage leaked via Lex being shown, that would’ve been one thing.
Dawn of Justice is definitely less boring than Man of Steel, but it felt rushed as hell, and I think pushing the movie to be released ahead of “Captain America: Civil War” was a VERY bad idea; if anything, the movie could’ve been released in the summer, to give more time to develop the character arcs and plot. I’m all for superhero movies with more than one hero, but if the story doesn’t handle the increase in characters well enough, it can make for a bad movie. DC would be better served not trying so hard to compete with Marvel that it ends up shooting itself in the foot…..AGAIN.
P.S. Did I already mention Wonder Woman was everything? No?
SHE WAS EVERYTHING!!!