…BECAUSE MY OPINION IS ALL THAT MATTERS, SO AGREE WITH ME!
I went to see the new movie Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. It’s created a LOT of heated content all around the interweb tubes.… some of that content, even coherent. There doesn’t seem to be anyone who doesn’t either hate it with a burning passion, or love it with an equal ardor.
If you’re on the fence about the movie and torn about whether to drop some cash on it, let me help.
If you’re in any way, shape or form, a fan of the Christopher Reeve version, and SPECIFICALLY Superman: The Movie, this might not be the one for you. If you are a passionate fan of the Adam West incarnation of Batman, this is definitely not the one for you.
If you liked Man of Steel (and I did), you’ll probably enjoy the movie. If you’re a fan of Frank Miller’s increasingly gritty incarnations of Batman, you’ll love it.
If you’re looking for a halfway decent pop-corn movie, where you can sit in the dark for a couple of hours, inhale way more carbohydrates than you should, and have no skin in the game at all, drop some cash…. but it is NOT a kiddie movie. That’s not to say it’s way too mature for kids, but there’s a lot in the thing that mirrors a great deal of our society that is less than attractive.
Additionally, ignore the trailers. For the most part the way the ads I’ve seen are cut, it’s VERY deceptive (though at least it’s not one of those movies where the trailers look excellent, but then leave you wondering why that bit in the trailer wasn’t in the actual movie). For example, in the last trailer I saw, it appears that there are multiple times where Batman uses a gun. Anyone who knows Batman knows that he’s very much against the Second Amendment, but in each instance within the trailer, it is not the way it appears when you see it in the movie.
Additionally, you might have seen a lot of complaints that the way the two central characters are portrayed is not in keeping with their comic book incarnations. To some degree this is true. However, I have something that you can keep in mind going in, which should ease that feeling and have the entire thing makes sense.
OK, here goes….
The Batman and Superman in this movie are NOT the same as the comic book versions.
I know, you’re thinking I’m being a smart ass, and usually I am, but this time, there’s more to it.
I’m of the opinion that Man of Steel is called that, because Clark Kent / Kal-El, is not actually Superman in that movie. He’s learning how to be the guy we all know. And it’s a hard journey. By the end of Man of Steel, he is A Superman. THE Superman, if you want. But he is still not SUPERMAN.
Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice starts 18 months after Man of Steel and our transplanted Krytonian is still NOT our All American hero. Additionally, a jaded Batman, who has spent 20 years doing his thing had his world turned upside down by the events of Man of Steel.
BOTH characters are feeling at a loss. Neither knows their place in the world. Literally. Additionally, there are external forces at play, driving the conflict between the two.
It’s not until we get towards the conclusion of the movie that THE Superman becomes OUR Superman…. and it’s at this same point that a careworn and emotionally defeated Batman remembers who he is and again rises to become the hero we know, once more.
And that’s not to say that either is innately bad-guy-esque to that point, but they are on a journey.
If you don’t want to see that journey, don’t want to accept a character that grows and evolves, don’t care how the characters became who you like in the comics or other movies, save your cash and wait for the next movie from the DC Cinematic Universe, because I think that will likely be more your speed.
The movie ISN’T perfect and it IS flabby. There are scenes that could be cut. But for my money, this is the best screen Batman I’ve seen, with the exception of the Batman: The Animated Series of the early 90’s; and for me, it’s interesting seeing THE Superman grow into the name, finally decide to own it and then do something with it.