Injustice: The App Game Was Better
For video game consoles there was Mortal Kombat v. DC Universe, which was neat.
Then (also on console) there was Injustice: Gods Among Us, which was fun and had a good story line.
Now there is an app game simply called Injustice and it is fun for 30 minutes at a time.
Unfortunately, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice didn’t share any of the qualities of it’s video game predecessors.
I really wanted to like this movie, partially because I like Batman, but mostly because the ticket was ten dollars.
Before I go into the list of faults I’ll name the three positive things I took from this movie; Batman’s robot-like suit was cool, Gal Gadot was a perfect pick for Wonder Woman (despite playing a very minor role in the movie), and Jesse Eisenberg played a great Lex Luthor (even if he wasn’t playing the stereotypical version we are used to in so many other Superman movies).
And now the faults...
Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Batman was about as good as George Clooney’s in Batman & Robin except it seemed like they were aiming for more of a Christian Bale feel still with the ridiculous voice included. It was funny a couple times when Batman came off more like the College Humor version.
The real problem with the movie was that they attempted to cram too much into one movie:
the introduction to the other members of the Justice League, the meetings and fight scenes between Superman and Batman, Lex Luthor and his manipulation scheme, the creation and defeat of Doomsday, and the introduction to the sequel.
All of the above mentioned plots could have been portrayed better by making that season 1 of a Netflix original rather than cramming it all into a 2 ½ hour film, that can’t be expected not to pee during.
There were many scenes that didn’t feel necessary or slowed the tempo of the movie down to the point of boredom and when they reached the action, especially the “final fight” scene, it felt like a failed orgasm.
Oh well, maybe next time.
This movie is not one that I would like to see again but I would be down to see any sequels or spin offs that arise in the coming years.
In that sense, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice did achieve their goal of leading viewers into the Justice League movies, hopefully the execution gets better with time though.
I give this movie a barely passing rate of 3 out of 5 stars.