The anticipation of the Dark Knight’s return to the big screen has been shrouded with uncertainty ever since the casting choices were announced. But, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice delivers on character charisma and offers an entertaining glimpse into the inaugural partnership of the Caped Crusader and Man of Steel.
The movie opens with a clever flashback to 2013’s Man of Steel. However, this time, viewers indulge in Bruce Wayne’s perspective as he scrambles to Metropolis-based Wayne Enterprises. Superman is high in the sky battling Zod and his army while causing mass devastation to the city and its inhabitants. Wayne arrives to his building just as it crashes down, which he attributes to Superman’s disregard to human life.
The thick of the plot threads together the separate story lines of Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent until they meet for a colossal battle of super hero delight. While the meandering plot line takes too long to get to the gruff of the flick, it’s worth the wait. The DC power duo’s titan battle only subsides when they identify a commonality that might seem like a weak link to the comic book enthusiast but is an “a-ha” moment for an average fan.
The caped duo then work together to tackle Lex Luthor and his ensued hijinks. Enter Wonder Woman—who some might argue is the surprise star of the movie. Princess Diana wows the audience with her brawn and fortitude, while still managing to be knockout gorgeous.
Ultimately, the concern of Batfleck’s adaptation and Jesse Eisenberg’s overly neurotic acting style dissipate to reveal how well these characters compliment one another.
And, let’s not forget Jeremy Irons playing the beloved role of Alfred. This character is an adaptation from the norm. Irons breaks away from the tough love, foster dad-ish Alfred and plays more of a cynical, older brother, “I can’t wait to giggle when you trip up” Alfred. And he does it so brilliantly.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is an encouraging glimpse into to the new dawn of movies the DC honchos have promised to line up. While it might not deliver on all points for comic book purists, it’s an emotional, nostalgic, and action-packed ride.
Have you seen the film yet? What are your thoughts about it?
Edited by: Kelly Conley