Ignoring all negative reviews of Batman v Superman, this weekend I raced to the movies to see the new superhero movie from Zack Snyder. I wanted to form an opinion of my own, and to do that, I had to see this film for myself.
First off, my history with Zack Snyder movies is kind of love-hate. Up to seeing Batman v Superman, I’d seen Watchmen, 300, Sucker Punch, and Man of Steel. I’d probably rate my opinion of them in that order. (In fact, I rewatched Watchmen the other night and liked it even more than I remember. Man of Steel, on the other hand, somehow makes a superhero action movie one of the most boring experiences of my life.) Sometimes his movies are a little dark for me — both the settings and the themes. I also have a hard time with Sucker Punch for how the women find “empowerment” in their world. But on the plus side, I love that Snyder’s films are daring and action-heavy, letting you really zoom in on every slice of the blade or punch of the fist. There’s nothing like his movie’s fight scenes.
Going into Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I hoped the movie would at least be entertaining, and I was right. The whole thing felt like fanfiction to me — and I say that as someone who really enjoys fanfiction. It’s a little cliche and melodramatic, just like the best fanfiction is. There are cheesy one-liners about making Superman bleed and over-the-top flashbacks that make Batman see the light. There’s a scene of Lois Lane in the bathtub and Clark diving in with her, fully clothed, as the type of romance scene I would love to read about my favorite BioWare characters or something. Even Jesse Eisenberg playing Lex Luthor is just such a weird casting choice, and he’s so fast-talking and awkward the whole time, it’s like fanfiction casting. It’s all so fun — it’s just not that good, whether it were fanfiction or the blockbuster movie it’s supposed to be.
Here’s what I loved and hated about the movie. Spoilers all over the place, proceed with caution!
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