I finally got around to seeing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice yesterday. I was going to see it opening weekend, but I allowed the negative reviews from film critics to cloud my judgement and change me mind. Big mistake. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is not a bad film. Far from it. I enjoyed it greatly.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is not an action comedy. There’s not much humor in this film and that’s the way it should be. If you need humor in your comic book movies, then I suggest you stick to Marvel Comics films. Even though the characters in those movies engage in brutal combat in densely populated areas, undoubtedly leading to the death of scores of innocent civilians, they still have time to yuck it up.
I thought Ben Affleck made a fantastic Batman, better than Christian Bale. Henry Cavill’s portrayal of Superman/Clark Kent is on par with that of the late Christopher Reeve. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman was surprisingly good. When I first heard she would be playing the part of the Amazonian warrior princess, I thought she was a bit too thin for the part. I was wrong. She made a fine Wonder Woman.
The one and only issue I had with the move was Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. He was annoyingly awful. It was as though he thought Lex Luthor should be played as a cross between Heath Ledger’s Joker and Brad Pitt’s character in the movie 12 Monkey’s. I just didn’t understand the character. It’s not like Eisenberg doesn’t posses the acting chops to play Lex Luthor. Anyone who watched his performance as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network should know he has the ability to play the part of Lex Luthor. Zuckerberg and Luthor are not the different. Not really.
The most notable villain with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice wasn’t Lex Luthor , it was any critic who unfairly gave this film a negative review. The movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes shows Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at rotten with 29%.
That’s absurd and it’s dishonest.