This post is definitely going to contain a number of spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the movie, please don’t read beyond this point. If you’ve seen the film or don’t care about spoilers, then who am I to stop you?
I started typing up a blog post today on the hate reviews Batman v Superman is getting currently and delving into what’s being said and whether these criticisms are fair or not.
But as I was doing this, I realised that perhaps I was jumping the gun somewhat since I haven’t really talked first about what I personally thought of the movie myself.
Here’s the thing right: I liked it. I liked Batman v Superman a lot. Would I say it was the best movie I’ve ever seen? I wouldn’t. But I also wasn’t expecting it to be either (I’ve always set my expectations higher for Suicide Squad). There were parts I thought they nailed it and also some weaker parts that stopped this movie from being outstanding.
So before I go jumping into the reviews (which I’ll post tomorrow), let me take some time out today to talk a little bit about some of my own personal thoughts about Batman v Superman. I have a lot of thoughts and they’re going to seem to jump all over the place here, so I am going to use dot points so that my jumping back and forth is a little more forgivable. 😉
- Ben Affleck was incredible. He’s now my favourite Batman. There wasn’t one bad scene where Batman was featured in this movie. Nailed it.
- Wonder Woman stole the show. She had a minor role in this movie, and yet she’s absolutely captivating and really hard not to like. She LOOKS like Wonder Woman. I know people have had a moan about the fact she’s not as thick as Wonder Woman is in the comics, but she was enough in this movie that I hope it shuts some of those people up.
- Doomsday was probably my least favourite part of this movie. Not the character himself, but the overdone corny looking CGI effects. Wasn’t a fan of that.
- This movie really had a lot going on.. I’d have been happy if they stripped it back. Movies that are unnecessarily long can push my patience, no matter how much I like them. I felt like they spent a lot of time setting up for future movies than they spent focusing on the storyline.
- Superman is never going to be my favourite character, but Henry Cavill is the perfect guy to play this role. I liked that we saw some weakness in Superman in this movie, both physically and emotionally. It added texture to what is traditionally a pretty boring character to me.
- I loved the continuity from Man of Steel. I was annoyed at the end of Man of Steel because of the amount of destruction that Superman had caused to Metropolis. It didn’t sit well with me. But then they completely addressed that for me in Batman v Superman with Batman stepping in.
- AQUAMAN!!! Flash and Cyborg too, but AQUAMAN! I actually loved that they teased us with that and didn’t include them in the fight scenes. It builds up the anticipation for the next film. Completely counteracts what I said two dot points ago. I did think the set up of this was lazy script writing in terms of executing this part but my excitement won over.
- Lois Lane can eat an ass. Not the actress, she was great. But just the character. I have issues with how weak and frail she always seems to be. I will say though, that given her and Superman are in love, it’s nice to see her man pulling through every time, even if I did roll my eyes into the back my of head each and every time she nearly dies. To me, she felt irrelevant to this film.
- I loved the homage to Dark Knight Returns. I have issues with that comic for other reasons, but I did love how Batman was that badass, gives-no-shits version that we haven’t seen on the big screen before. So refreshing, and it felt like a more authentic version of Batman.
- Lex Luthor is a character that has audiences divided. Personally? I liked him for the most part. I loved his quirkiness and eccentric nature, it makes me excited to see where his character goes. His craziness and over the top can take him to some incredibly dark places, but they have to be careful he doesn’t turn into Jim Carey’s Riddler if he pushes that over the top aspect too hard.
- The first 5 minutes where you have the scene of Bruce Wayne as a kid – sensational. The cinematography, lens filters/colouring, and the way they moulded the scene with Bruce’s parents being murdered in the alley with Bruce falling down the well at the funeral was really clever. I really loved this part, and as soon as I saw this, I knew Batman’s character was in safe hands.
- The action. This is a big plus, I got everything I wanted here. The fight scenes with Batman were phenomenal, it was like watching Arkham Knight being played at some points in terms of the creative take downs. I liked the homage to The Dark Knight Returns as well with the gun. Very cool.
I said at the start of this post that I thought this movie was pretty good and I stand by that. There were certainly aspects that could have been done better but none of them annoyed me to the point where it made the movie unenjoyable.
I’d absolutely give this a second watch, but I think I’ll wait for the uncut version to be released on bluray and then I’ll check that out.
I don’t make a habit of rating movies out of 10, but if I had to, I’d say that this was a 6.5/7 out of 10 for me. 🙂 Enjoyable, amazing action and the best Batman I’ve ever seen. But too lengthy and too much being crammed into the film, stopping it from being an 8 or a 9.
I’d love to know what you thought of Batman v Superman! Let me know in the comments section, or let me know on Twitter @holybatgirl.
Melissa / holybatgirl