Well it is finally here. Three years after the release of Man of Steel we have the next installment in the DC Universe. This time, not only do we get to see more of Superman, but we also get our first look at a new Batman. An older Batman. We have had so many versions of Batman in his earlier years, when Bruce Wayne really lives up to his playboy persona. We also have the young Bruce Wayne brilliantly portrayed in Gotham. But now it is so refreshing to have something different. A new take on the character where we finally see him having undergone some of the further hardships avid Batman readers will know Batman experiences throughout his life.
Warner Bros gave me the amazing opportunity to attend a press screening before the movie was released to the general public, and have the opportunity to review it for you lovely folk.
I would love to post a really in depth, blow by blow account of the movie, but I’d rather keep it spoiler free. Instead I am going to discuss my thoughts on how the movie sets up the wider DCU and also some of the performances from the newer characters in the movie. I will also try and answer the question everyone has been asking me of “Do I think it’s worth it?”(the hype). As much as I can without being a complete fan girl. I will also look at special effects etc. Something I am really looking forward to seeing if they have been improved, because I had serious issues with the flying effect in Man of Steel. I have never read The Dark Knight Returns so I can’t comment on the comparison between the graphic novel and this movie. But if you quickly glance over the Wikipedia page for the novel you can easily draw comparisons between the plot and the content from the Dawn of Justice trailers.
Okay without further ado; here is what I thought of the movie: (beware, now I have seen it it does contain mild spoilers)
The movie is genuinely amazing. I expected to be let down and for it all to be the content of the trailer, but no, it was something else. However I will say that it did all seem very familiar, which may have been as a result of the trailer but perhaps as a result of my familiarity with the characters from various shows, films etc. That and the fact the movie was like a session playing Injustice: Gods Among Us.
Okay so let me start with my pet peeve of Superman’s flying effects. I feel like they have definitely been improved on, especially when Superman takes off initially. I was SO impressed with the effects used on Wonder Woman in battle, and the music accompanying her. I loved the sound track in general, but when Diana hit the scene the music took on a different style and it was really suited to the big boss battle, as I like to call it.
From the get go the movie is really intense. They get the Batman, quintessential, origin story out of the way fairly sharpish (we must remember that they have to do it, this is a new Batman). I think the way it was done this time around was really well handled and eased into the story so easily, with both the death of the Waynes and the bats in the well incident being handled really beautifully. At the start the continuity was a bit weird to follow, but basically we find ourselves watching the Man of Steel finale and off the plot of this movie goes.
I was disappointed with two things in the movie. There wasn’t a WHOLE lot of Bat action. Yeah it was there but not as much as other reincarnations. It was very much based around Bruce Wayne. We know Batman has a few more outings down the line, so I am sure we will get our dose of him soon enough. I do get the impression though that Bruce isn’t going out as Batman as often as he may have, and I am sure that can be picked up in the movie. I find that this ties in with the whole ‘older Batman’ angle and naturally will change following the movie. The other disappointment I had was with the lack of answers. Certain questions are raised from the footage in the trailers and they remain unanswered in this film. I am sure they will be answered in time… why else would they set it up. I just wonder which DCU movie will answer the question. My bets are on Suicide Squad.
I do have some other notes on a page but I don’t think they are for a review. They are just questions I want to discuss. If you too want to discuss do let me know.
With regard the acting, it was so good. Some of these characters I would have limited interaction with when I read my comics but you can just tell the actors have them sussed. I think Ben does a wonderful job as Bruce Wayne, with minimal stereotypical Bruce Wayne interaction. We see very little of the Billionaire playboy, but you can see him shift from weary, older man, to that, and back so easily. I would love to see more Bat interaction. But I have so much faith in Affleck to capture this role. I really think people need to bear in mind he is playing a Batman much older than Christian Bale’s Batman, so can comparison’s really be drawn. Jesse Eisenberg and Gal Gadot really gelled naturally to their characters and have their personalities nailed. I know a lot of people questioned Gal’s suitability for the role, but toward the end you can really see her suitability for the part. Jesse as Lex, the descent into mad villian is so gently portrayed until it hits you suddenly. But then it all makes sense.
I don’t think this movie was ever meant to be a Batman, or a Superman, movie. I think the sole purpose of this movie was to open up the whole DCU and it does it perfectly. We all know the three founding member’s of the Justice League, who are the three stars of this film. We do also get really nice quick sneak peeks at three other members of the league. Which leads so perfectly to the end of the movie, and that is how the follow ons are set up. The solo Wonder Woman is obviously set up from this too. One movie that wasn’t really set up was Suicide Squad. There were two moments that could have been set ups, but essentially you would not anticipate that that was the next movie in the series. You would expect it to be Wonder Woman, so perhaps the Squad is a side piece and not crucial to the plot or timeline of the DCU.
The ending made the movie for me. Although I was SO let down to see who Scoot McNairy and his green socks finally played.
I will leave it there, I don’t want to ruin the whole thing for everyone. If you do have the opportunity to, see the movie in IMAX 3D. The screening I went to was 2D, but the movie was filmed for IMAX and you can see the moments where 3D would look amazing. I look forward to seeing that when the movie is on general release. If you see the movie please give me your thoughts below.
From Director Zack Snyder comes Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice starring Oscar winner Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent in the characters’ first big screen pairing.
The film also stars Oscar nominees Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Diane Lane as Martha Kent and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White; Oscar winners Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter as Senator Finch; and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Cert 12A, will be released in Ireland in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D on March 25th.