‘Batman v. Superman’ Not So Super

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Published April 2, 2016
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Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." Photo courtesy of YouTube

March 25 marked the release of the highly anticipated DC movie, ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,’ which focused on the clash between two of the most iconic superheroes of the DC universe.

With the A-list cast that came along with the film, such as Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor), Amy Adams (Lois Lane) and Ben Affleck (Batman), fans around the world were sure this motion picture was going to exceed all expectations. However, following the debut, many moviegoers and media outlets were highly critical of the film.

Despite some backlash, the film has proven to draw tremendous amounts of people to the theaters surpassing five hundred million worldwide during its opening weekend. Ultimately, I was one of the people who fell victim to watching this disappointing installment.

Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." Photo courtesy of YouTube

Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
Photo courtesy of YouTube

The film has a total run time of nearly two and a half hours, so by the end I was eager to get out of the theater and go home. It went on for what seemed like an infinite amount of time, and the first hour did not keep my attention at all. As I glanced around the room, I realized that nearly half of the people surrounding me were either on their phone or taking a quick power nap. Perhaps the reason for the widespread disinterest in the audience was because of the constant jump from subplot to subplot, making the film extremely hard to follow.

Despite these drawbacks, I believe the cast did the best they could with what they were given. Although many fans miss Christian Bale portraying Batman, Affleck was way better than I had expected. In fact, many were outraged with Affleck landing the role. In my opinion, Affleck captured Batman’s persona perfectly and proved the fans wrong.

Henry Cavill, who played Superman, was extremely disappointing. When he was first cast as Superman in 2013’s “Man of Steel,” many seemed to think he was a solid choice for the role. Don’t get me wrong. He did have a solid performance. It wasn’t a complete train wreck. I found myself not being able to connect to his character, because of his lack of facial expression. Throughout the movie, there was little variation in his face, so it was hard to believe what he was saying.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

When comparing Cavill to Affleck, Affleck’s acting is at a higher quality. When watching, you can feel and believe everything Batman is going through can feel sad with him, happy with him or in pain with him. Superman does not pull the audience in.

It is important to notice the main highlight of the movie, which was towards the end, when two epic battle scenes lasted for nearly 30 minutes alone. They were beautifully choreographed and put together.

Overall, I would pass on taking a trip to the theater to see ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ and suggest to wait it out until it comes out for rental for a mere six dollars. There is no reason to rush to see this film.

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