I finally saw Batman V Superman and it wasn’t nearly as bad as everyone made it sound.
The negativity surrounding this movie is intense. It’s still a hotly debated topic amongst my friends and family. Everyone that’s seen this movie either hates it with a passion or think it’s one of the most underrated super hero films of all time. I’m with the latter because what I saw, twice, by the way, wasn’t horrible. I went in expecting another Green Lantern or Daredevil. What I got was surprisingly good. Great even. Batman V Superman does have issues, like the “Martha” scene, but I enjoyed it more than I hated it.
I was against Ben Affleck as Batman. When he was first chosen for the role I was very outspoken about it. I didn’t think he would do a good job, but I was wrong. I think Ben Affleck is the best Batman we’ve ever had. He played both roles really well. He’s good as Bruce Wayne and Batman and the dude got ripped for the role. That workout scene was insane and I’m pretty sure I would die if I ever tried anything like that.
Gal Gadot is also in the movie, but I can’t grade her performance because I didn’t see a lot of her. When I watch the Wonder Woman movie I’ll have more to go on. What I saw wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. I am glad to finally see Wonder Woman in a movie though.
Henry Cavill is a great Superman in my opinion. He’s much better than the last dude that played him anyway. I was a big fan of him in Man of Steel and this movie didn’t change that for me at all. I like the new direction DC is taking in their movies. I don’t want a PG family oriented superhero film. I wanted something gritty and that’s what I got here. Treat me like an adult and let me see my two favorite heroes do what they do best.
Batman went full on dark mode in this movie. He was killing people left and right and didn’t care who got caught in the crossfire and I loved it. I think the next film will see more of the traditional Batman that we’re more accustomed to over this one because of the way he changed towards the end of the movie.
The big question mark for me was Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. The most iconic villain in Superman is the main villain of this movie and… Eisenberg did okay. He wouldn’t be my choice for Lex Luthor, but he wasn’t terrible. He was good either, but he had some moments. When I think of Lex Luthor I imagine him as a charming sophisticated diabolical mastermind that has some fits of insanity. Jesse Eisenberg was only one of those things. I don’t think Eisenberg is talented enough to pull off being Lex Luthor and the movie suffered because of it.
The action sequences were great. Especially near the end when Batman finally realizes that Superman isn’t the enemy and goes off to rescue Superman’s mom. That entire fight scene was awesome and was probably the best scene in the movie for me. Outside of the actual fight between Batman and Superman of course.
After it was all over I sat at my desk and thought about this movie. I decided to put off reviewing it for the night and I rewatched it today with my wife. I enjoyed it more today than I did last night. This movie isn’t bad and everyone did a really good job at portraying these characters. Well… everyone except Eisenberg did. Don’t get me wrong he was okay, but the Lex Luthor in my head and the one I grew up watching/reading about is far superior to the one we got in this movie. That being said I really enjoyed this and I regret waiting so long to watch it. It’s one of the most underrated superhero films in my opinion and I can’t wait for Wonder Woman to drop on blu ray so I can watch it.