I’m a big believer in not knocking something until I’ve tried it… So while I was hesitant to watch the latest Batman revamp with Superman, I wanted to give it a chance. So I bought a ticket, sat down with my friends, voiced a few worries I had about the film and waited for it to start.
And once I saw that ‘Executive Producers: Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas’ in the opening credits, well, I started to relax a little (Nolan’s trilogy is my all-time favourite).
The movie opens like any other introduction to Batman – with the death of his parents. While it may seem a little unnecessary to some (it is a story that’s been told many times before), it’s important to the film as it introduces this new edition of Batman (as Ben Affleck).
The opening then continues as a follow on from the events in the Man of Steel Superman movie (those of you that have seen that movie will have obviously been introduced to Superman before, hence why Batman’s story is told first – don’t worry though, I’ve not seen Man of Steel so I don’t feel like it’s vital that you watch it before seeing Batman vs Superman).
Now it’s hard not to make comparisons between the Snyder movie and the Nolan trilogy, and it’s something that you really need to avoid when you see the Batman vs Superman film. If you watch the movie with a clean slate, and appreciate the new world of Batman that Snyder is giving us, then it makes for a much better viewing.
Ok so let’s get to it: Affleck as Batman. It was one of my biggest concerns, but just because I’m not a big fan of change. Christian Bale has been embedded in our minds as Batman for a long time now, but like I said – now’s not the time to make comparisons. Affleck did a great job as playing the suave, determined hero of Gotham.
So what’s the film about, and how do the two heroes find themselves at war with each other?
Batman isn’t too happy about Superman’s recent activities on the planet, especially when one of his fights leaves the Wayne Tower in ruins and puts hundreds of lives at risk.
Believing that Superman is a threat to the city and to the planet, Batman seeks out to destroy Superman. Superman in the mean time is dealing with the public’s changing views of him, as he is soon blamed for the destruction in the city and named a ‘false god’.
Throw into the mix an evil Lex Luther (played brilliantly by Jesse Eisenberg), who picks up on the tension between the two superheroes and cleverly pits them against each other, the two are soon face-to-face and fighting it out.
Wonderwoman is also introduced in this movie, although her appearances are brief. Yes, this is Batman vs Superman, but still it would have been nice to see more of her character and get a better understanding of her. I couldn’t help but notice that when Lois Lane (Amy Adams) was running around and helping Superman out that she looked terrible, but fighting a giant alien-monster Wonderwoman (Gal Gadot) still had a full face of make-up and immaculate hair… So was she just there for viewing pleasure? It certainly seemed that way, but I digress…
The movie also offered a little build-up to the introduction of other characters that are soon to join the heroes in a DC Avengers style movie with Flash and Aquaman, so be sure to look out for that!
Overall I think the movie was really good. At times Batman’s robotic-looking armour was a little odd-looking, and it was a little confusing to understand just where the alien-monster came from (maybe I should have watched Man of Steel?), but apart from that I really enjoyed the contrast between these two iconic superhero characters.
The story didn’t feel as though it was forced or jammed together for the purpose of drawing crowds to the cinema. The idea of Batman and Superman seemed very plausible, but then again they are from the same DC world so that might not be so difficult to do…
Still not seen it? You can watch the trailer below! Already seen the movie? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments below…
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