- Actors: Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Ben Affleck
- Directors: Zack Snyder
- Format: Blu-ray
- Language: English
- Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
- Number of discs: 2
- Studio: Roadshow
- DVD Release Date: 20 July 2016
- Run Time: 151 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- ASIN: B0776K7CBC
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Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
- Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Ben Affleck - Bruce Wayne / Batman
Henry Cavill - Clark Kent / Superman
Amy Adams - Lois Lane
Gal Gadot - Diana Prince / Wonder Woman
Jesse Eisenberg - Lex Luthor
Who will win?
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City's own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis's most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it's ever known before.
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I’ll start off with saying I had no problem with Ben Affleck. He did fine; really embraced the role. Also loved Jeremy Irons as Alfred; never would’ve imagined him in the role but it was great seeing him in it and how involved Alfred is in Bruce’s activities. Gotta give a nod to Zack Snyder for not even messing with that stupid ‘scary voice’ nonsense and giving Batman a voice modulator from the outset. As far as the rest of the returning cast from Man of Steel- you already know what you’re getting.
Can someone explain what the hell Jesse Eisenberg was supposed to be doing? Some have tried to spin his portrayal as ‘nerd rage’- the modern day mogul, ala Mark Zuckerberg or Martin Shkreli. Even so, those men have a method to their madness, a logic to their puzzle. This Lex Luthor is no genius, no grand chessmaster. He’s just a broken, whiny brat taking out his daddy issues on Superman. And please- none of his ‘experiments’ were anything you couldn’t have done in high school science lab. Any modern day 10th grade nerd could’ve pulled all that off. Eisenberg’s Luthor is nothing more than a cheap Joker imitation- destroying things and killing people just because he thinks he should- right down to his motif in the soundtrack. Even Hans Zimmer knew what he was dealing with when he wrote the music.
And on a personal note, Gal Gadot’s character should be called Willowy Woman, not Wonder Woman. While certainly statuesque, there’s nothing remotely Amazonian about her. Other than simply introducing the character she lends nothing to the proceedings, snarling her way through the big battle and somehow causing a shock wave with her bracelets. Rumor has it they’ll be eschewing her classic origin and making her Zeus’ thousand year old daughter- a demigoddess. Why- too much work to build a mythology for her… from the existing mythology?
Eventually you’re gonna be reduced to playing “Spot the Reference”. This movie draws a lot of influence from Miller’s classic Dark Knight storyline; I’ll admit it was kinda fun spotting them and I saw some of them coming, especially in that one sequence with Doomsday, but if you weren’t familiar with Dark Knight you’d be left behind. A plot hook is lifted from Alex Ross’ Peace on Earth and there’s a moment from Crisis on Infinite Earths; you’ll know them when you see them.
The Dark Knight angle is a big part of the problem: exactly which incarnation of Batman is this supposed to be? The whole thing about the Justice League is all of them coming up together yet this movie clearly marks Batman as an elder statesman, already having twenty years wearing a cowl, an established Rogues Gallery and losing at least one partner. By the time the League finally hits stride Bats is gonna be ready to retire.
This seemingly minor plot point also undermines the entire premise of the movie. Superman is under scrutiny for acting unilaterally, with no accountability for his actions or their consequences… you know, like all the constant, wholescale property damage he engages in. Yet the entire beef with Batman is that he’s a vigilante running rampant in Gotham, even while Kent acknowledes that the police seem to be actively support him, and even have a formal method of contacting him- the Bat Signal. Add to this the fact that now Gotham & Metropolis are now Sister Cities, yet no one in either knows jack all about what goes on across the river from them. So Bats has been active for 20 years, but Clark Kent/Superman & the Daily Planet are just now getting around to him. Batman operates in cooperation with Gotham City’s authorities- which is only mentioned when convenient and the very thing that Superman is under attack for not doing- yet Superman takes it upon himself to tell Batman to shut it down or else, simply because *he* doesn’t like it.
Plus during the over-extended fight sequences during the third act, Superman could’ve easily kept Batman in check while explaining the situation to him, yet he doesn’t, so we get an entirely pointless beat-em-up scene. And when Superman reveals that Doomsday is Kryptonian, just like he is, it take ten minutes plus a lot of explosions and crumbling architecture for Batman to remember that he left a whole load of kryptonite weapons back at the fight and he should just go get them.
As far as the future members of the League, all I can say is: huh? Somehow Luthor has all this surveillance footage and archival references on them, but no one else does? Barry Allen is caught Flashing around on a convenience store surveillance camera, yet this never made it to the news? Aquaman is discovered on a deep sea expedition camera, but no one ever heard of it? Oh yeah- 20 years of Batman and no news stories… right, sorry. The real problem is DC doesn’t want to do the prepwork and take the time of building a mythology to draw on and opted for shoehorning it all together so they could rush it out to ya.
Oh yeah- and how in blazes does Luthor know Superman’s identity? How does Supes suddenly know Batman is Bruce? When did they find all this stuff out?
Is your head hurting yet?
Last but not least, the sequel tease. In the finale Luthor ominously refers to someone coming…someone from the stars who’s hungry, which leads to a call-back to an earlier scene about the devil descending from Heaven instead of Hell. Be sure to check Bruce’s dream sequence in the wasteland (the one where Superman pulls off his mask) for the huge symbol on the ground. Might be a stretch, but it’s as good a theory as anything else and at least it’d provide a reason to introduce the Green Lantern Corps.
Studios need to stop giving Zack Snyder money. Seriously.
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I love nearly everything about this movie. I can't help but recommend it.
No, the issue here is that a great cast unfortunately does not make a great film. The script unfortunately plays like an attempt at mixing The Death of Superman with The Dark Knight Returns and its an epic fail. If I hadn't been reading comics for the past three decades maybe I'd be gloriously ignorant of this, and love the film, but that's not the case. TDKR is one of the three best graphic novels of all time, and my personal favorite. It redefined what the genre could be, and to me is one of my favorite novels of all time (not comics; novels). One day maybe we'll get a true telling of that tale akin to the way Watchmen and Sin City were done. This instead takes select elements from that tale and weaves them into another story, even going so far as to steal some of the dialog. The problem is that without the back story of TDKR its hollow, and lacking depth. When Batman and Superman fight in TDKR its been building up for decades. Its a clash of ideology, and showcases the marked differences between an all powerful being who's in effect become a stooge and a mere mortal, older and more human than ever before who still refuses to compromise his code. Its really deep, powerful stuff, and what we get in this film just lacks 95% of that.
I applaud the lack of an origin story for the new Batman (I think we all know his parents were murdered and he took it as his personal mission to end crime using his immense wealth, intelligence, and physical prowess). Its refreshing to see an older Batman, seasoned, wizened, and less idealistic. However there's just too much Zack Snyder in this to make it fully palatable. Too much put into the giant fight scene at the end, full of explosions, and 360 degree camera pans. I've really liked some of his earlier work, but he's become formulaic and its now like watching the Michael Bay of the comic genre. Thus far its seems Sucker Punch was his best effort (I sincerely hope you prove me wrong Zack).
All in, there are worse ways to spend the time it takes to watch this film. Like I said, its not bad; its just not great, and it could have been so much more.