And we thought Man of Steel was a mediocre superhero film…
Directed by Zack Snyder, the film centrals on Superman’s (Henry Cavill) battle against General Zod (Michael Shannon). Batman (Ben Affleck) soon decides to take on the Man of Steel himself, killing lots of innocent people in the process. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new threat, Doomsday, is created by Lex Luthor.
Considering the hype was building for quite some time, you’d think that after several script re-writes and having been pushed back a year, that Batman V Superman would not disappoint. Instead, it’s filled tight with B-plots, side characters, and violence without explanation, proving to be too heavy-handed. The narrative serves as a huge downfall of the film; it’s complexity simply becomes too much, resulting in a dull storyline and confusion.And for those of you who liked the many building collisions in Man of Steel? Well, you’re in for a treat, as there’s plenty more of that here!! Not to mention its sloppy ending…Audiences also expect this film to be action-packed, and considering its genre, this aspect was also disappointing. As for the long awaited fight between the two; it is over and done with in less than 5 minutes. Considering the build-up, it was as exciting as watching paint dry.
Another fault is the editing – the jump cuts in particular were frustrating – one second we’re viewing an action scene, the next minute, we’re faced with a slow romantic scene. This resulted in the film feeling all the more unprofessional and just an overall mess. Though his performance wasn’t anything special, Ben Affleck should not be blamed for Batman v. Superman’s failure. This film suffers due to a poor script and direction. Perhaps with a better script, we could have seen more to his character. Henry Cavill is good as Superman/Clark Kent, but once again, his appearance prevails his acting. However, this film centrals more on Batman than Superman. As for Jesse Eisenberg’s portrayal of Lex Luthor – he did a decent job, bringing eccentricity to a dreary picture.