While Man of Steel was a good step, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was a giant leap into the DC Cinematic Universe, and it was nothing short of incredible. In my humble opinion, the fans are finally getting a great DC movie that is the perfect lead into The Justice League. There were even a few teasers for their stand alone movies as well.
One of the things that I noticed in Batman v Superman was how quick Batmanâ€™s introduction was. It was perfect. I would say the majority of people know Batmanâ€™s story at this point, and the intro gave just enough in case anyone didnâ€™t remember his origin. This also helped to not bog down the movie with another origin story. Ben Affleck was another great Batman and an even better Bruce Wayne. I never doubted that he could do it, and Iâ€™m glad he proved me right.
One of the best reasons to go see this movie is Wonder Woman. Arguably DCâ€™s most famous female superhero is finally getting her chance to shine, and shine she does. Gal Gadot is such a wonderful addition to this cast. Again, there were worries that she would be able to step into the very large shoes of the Amazon Warrior, but Iâ€™d say so far, sheâ€™s nailed it. I doubt fans will be disappointed at her showing in Batman v Superman, and this will only help to sell people on a solo Wonder Woman movie (if they werenâ€™t already!).
The one casting choice that I was shaky about was Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. I wasnâ€™t sure how I would like a young Lex who still has a head full of hair. Jesse Eisenberg did a great job convincing me that heâ€™s truly evil and needs to be stopped. I enjoyed his story line as well as his confident and nutty demeanor.
With all of the characters crashing Supermanâ€™s sequel, itâ€™s obvious that thereâ€™s a chance for the screen to become too crowded. Weâ€™ve seen this way too many times in our other superhero movies, but this time is different. Somehow, I didnâ€™t think that the screen was just overloaded with characters. The entire team behind Batman v Superman really understood how to introduce some characters while only teasing others. It was a perfect balance for this mighty film.
Without giving any spoilers away, I will say that there were definitely deaths in this movie. How will that affect our characters moving forward? While potentially not being as dark as Christopher Nolanâ€™s Dark Knight trilogy, the new direction of the DC cinematic universe is a very serious one. I am glad that they are taking a new approach. It seems to be working.
With a score by Hans Zimmer and direction by Zack Snyder, Batman v Superman is a cinematic experience for DC fans and casual moviegoers alike. The cinematography was wonderful and the sounds just transported me into the worlds of Gotham and Metropolis. Itâ€™s hard to not give away any spoilers, so Iâ€™ll spare you more of my rambling. If thereâ€™s anything left to say itâ€™s this: go see Batman v Superman. Whether youâ€™re a comic book fan or not, this movie has something in it for everyone. And if youâ€™ve seen the other DC movies or read the comic books, there are some nice Easter Eggs and nods to those who have come before.