Screenplay: Chris Terrio, David S. Goyer
Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Godot, Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Momoa, Amy Adams.
Two superheros; one city. No wonder the people of Metropolis are worried. A vigilante batman and an alien who could destroy them all. If he wanted. And there lies the foundation of the film – the fear that one Being can have too much power. And if the movie stuck with this idea, Batman Vs Superman would have been a fantastic film. But the story continues so it’s like three movies squeezed into one. All without the required depth of conflict to make the story truly engaging.
This movie had everything going for it – the special effects; the characters were all well-cast. But without enough conflict between Superman and Batman, the whole premise of the story fell over. There wasn’t enough meaning.
What a pity. There were flickers of greatness, such as the humanising of characters. Batman asks Superman, ‘Do you bleed? I’m going to make you bleed.’ And a great one, ‘Only men have courage.’ So it was this fear of Superman being an alien that brought the people of Metropolis against him. And I thought, wow, this version will go where all the others haven’t: a moody, mystery thriller! But the story just wasn’t strong enough. And then it went on and on. Why did Batman hate Superman so much? It just wasn’t enough for me and the whole movie depended on this set-up of hatred.
I’m not saying I didn’t like the characters. Ben Affleck as Batman was believable. And I love Henry Cavill as Superman. Even if Superman is the goody, I just can’t help but love the guy/alien. And in this characterisation, the film is a success. Amy Adams as Louis Lane is a flat character; helpless by tradition. But I liked her ginger-self anyway. She still had guts. Even Wonder Woman, played by Gal Godot was likeable. But that’s my case in point, it felt like she was just tacked on the end.
Knee-jerk reaction: what a waste. It was all there. But trying to fit so much in the 2.5 hours made it feel like 5. Surface action is just explosions on the screen. But hey, I love a pretty explosion, and I guess that’s why Batman Vs Superman is watchable just not memorable.
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