So I think I have left it long enough before finally saying what I feel about this particular movie, but before we get into the real gist I want to make it clear that I am and will always be a DC comics fan first and foremost, something that I have always been proud of since I was in my preteens. My first comic book was a Superman comic predictably and that was after watching the classic Richard Donner opus Superman II.
The next few years had me plying through any DC comic book I could come across as well as watching any superhero adaptation ever brought to screen that I could lay my hands on and I went as far as some dodgy Spiderman series I used to catch on cable back in those days. My love for comic books and superheroes has only grown especially with the work Christopher Nolan did in his Dark Knight trilogy.
Till this day The Dark Knight still stands as one of the best ever movies I have seen by any standard and Heath Ledger’s interpretation as the Joker is unparalleled. Then Warner Bros decided to get into the franchise game with all their cards on deck by rebooting the once troubled Superman and throw in all other members of the Justice league for full measure since Marvel/Disney were clearly smiling to the bank off a widely celebrated Avengers Movie debut.
First came Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel which I personally didn’t completely enjoy but accepted was a decent introduction story for the Man of Steel albeit with quite a bit more improving to do then DC chose to take large steps instead of baby steps by throwing in a Batman v Superman movie while introducing the nucleus of the Justice League roster. Did it work? I think not.
BvS was a mess from the first scene I saw with Bruce Wayne having to witness his parents dying again, like the poor kid hasn’t seen enough as it is already. As far as I am concerned that scene could have been left out entirely and Snyder would still have time to insert a few more minutes of substantial storytelling that would or would have not helped his case, but as things go along you begin to realize there’s much more wrong with this movie than repeating the death of Bruce Wayne’s parents.
Who does Lex Luthor have a grouse with and why is it that Batman seems to all of a sudden have no qualms with killing people? Considering how things played out in Man of Steel I wonder how Clark Kent/Kal El finds himself assuming the moral high ground against Batman regarding his methods of dishing out justice. So just like that a United States Senator can pull strings and permit full access to captured alien technology and the body of General Zod unsupervised.
Look, the whole idea of this particular Lex Luthor didn’t just add up. What were his motivations? That one man should not have all this power? So that justified in the most extreme of ways him unleashing a near unstoppable monster on the world? Why the hell would Snyder let Metropolis be just across the river from Gotham City? Was that ever something to take liberties with?
Bruce Wayne is a billionaire business man by day and I reckon has almost the same amount of resources as Lex Luthor while I would put a foot out to say he is probably smarter, so why didn’t he see Lex’s game from a mile away. Then there’s also Clark who I assumed had proven himself to be a capable journalist. How come he got a simple envelope with pictures from an anonymous source and didn’t start to question if he was being set up because at this point I knew Snyder had taken it too far trying to make us feel these legendary heroes of ours weren’t that smart.
Then there was the much touted fight scene which so happens to be the film title. Talk about a downer because we only get less than 15mins of slugfest and even that was lacking in oomph. I wish I could say I understand all the excuses made on behalf of Snyder’s work here but that’s the problem already; I read a hand full of think pieces about how Snyder wanted to delve into the psychology of these respective heroes and deconstruct them to a level we could all relate with, an effort in helping we the audience understand their motivations and their driving forces. Unfortunately that was a wrong direction because I don’t think it’s a good idea to deconstruct Batman & Superman.
These are two characters the world holds to a very high standard despite the fears and suspicions we have about them. We ask if Superman is too powerful to be trusted and if Batman truly has no regard of the rule of law. But as long as we have known them neither of them has proven those fears legitimate to considerable degrees hence that situation of tentative ease about a hero persists. But in Snyder’s interpretation all bets are off. Batman has a batmobile that has enough fire power and a grappling hook to end over half a dozen lives while we have already seen Superman’s battle with fellow kryptonians bring down skyscrapers with hundreds of people still in them. These are not the heroes we know, they are clearly flawed men, with daddy issues, powers and near unlimited resources. Now these are the versions the world ought to be worried about and I don’t like it.