It should have been the ultimate battle of first son of Gotham Vs last son of Krypton, instead it didn’t quite live up the expectation I had of Batman Vs Superman. I’m not saying I hated it because there were some good scenes in it and it does have potential as a franchise with the right casting and writing team (I’m offering, if any one is reading from DC/Warner Bros). I could have quite happily waited for it to come out on DVD, instead of going to the Cinema at midnight on the official release to watch it. Through out this post I am going to deliver my honest non-spoiler feedback, which is my personal opinion, other people may feel different and I welcome a discussion or feedback about this post.

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Batman and Superman Face Off

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Batman and Superman Face Off

What didn’t work in this movie

So let’s rip the plaster right off and start with what didn’t work with the movie and why it got less then flattering reviews. Firstly, there we’re far too many stories going on at once, which meant you couldn’t really get into the first half of the film, because it was too crammed in and kept flicking back and forth between the different stories and they just didn’t link very well. For instance, there was so much focus on the senate meetings and it lead nowhere, it was just wasted screen time that could have been used somewhere else.

The trailers where very misleading and told a different story to the film, it gives a very false perception of the film, that lead to a lot of pre-discussion on the internet that fans of the comics helped create a great buzz about this film, with their theories.

I am sorry to say that Jesse Eisenberg was cast wrong as Lex Luthor. I like Jesse, as an actor but he just wasn’t believable as Lex Luthor, this wasn’t his fault this was how the character was written. Lex Luthor in this film was more like a spoilt rich kid who is slightly eccentric and reminded of The Riddler.

There were two many dream sequences that just amounted to nothing and side tracked the movie, but may become more apparent in future films.

Everyone that makes a Batman movie feels the need to show Batman’s parents murder, everyone even if they are not  Batman fans knows how they died, we didn’t need to see this again. The importance of his mother could have been shown by seeing the relationship between young Bruce Wayne and his mother. Such as what we saw in The Dark Knight franchise of the relationship between young Bruce and his father…

SUPERMAN (Henry Cavill), BATMAN(Ben Affleck) and WONDER WOMAN (GAL GADOT) this image is owned by Warner Bros

SUPERMAN (Henry Cavill), BATMAN(Ben Affleck) and WONDER WOMAN (GAL GADOT) this image is owned by Warner Bros

What did work in the movie

Now the pain of ripping the plaster off is over, it’s time to discuss what did work with the movie. First of all, there were lots of Easter eggs (I don’t mean chocolate). By Easter eggs its commonly referred to lots of subtle hints that links in this case DC universe together.  I counted 8, which I will discuss a bit further on, in this article. It’s no secret, so I am not giving a spoilers away…

Ben Affleck, I found was a very good Batman/Bruce Wayne and I genuinely think he needs to have a stand alone film before the Justice League movie. I would have said that maybe a stand alone movie to explain why Batman was a little darker then most other Batman films, would have helped to explain the Robin suit that the Joker had written on in the bat cave. Although we understood through out the film why Bruce Wayne initially disliked Superman, there was nothing there to explain why his alter ego was more villain to begin with. The Batman one liners in the second half of the movie worked and where funny for the timings in the film.

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman was brilliant, as soon as she appeared in her Wonder Woman outfit and actually started kicking butt you could here the wow factor and amazement from everyone in the cinema.

The main two main fight scene’s the first between Batman and Superman had you hooked, because you just wanted them too stop and be friends and not to hurt each other as savagely as they were going against each other. Then you had the second battle which featured Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman was great as it was a look at things to come in not only the Wonder Woman stand alone movie but also the and the Justice League movie.

The Easter Eggs

So whether you’re a comic book fan or not you are now aware of the term Easter Eggs, now as I said I counted 8 Easter Eggs.

  1. A Superman Army which is also seen in the movie (Can’t say anything as will spoil the plot)
  2. We briefly see three other Justice League Team members who we know have already been cast The Flash (played by Ezra Miller), Cyborg (played by Ray Fisher) and Aquaman (played by Jason Momoa)
  3. Wonder Woman and a look/hint to her solo movie being a beginnings movie bit like Marvel’s Captain America; The First Avenger movie.
  4. The Robin suite that the Joker has written on is this a hint to a stand alone movie, a fourth coming Batman movie or will all be explained in the Justice League Movie.
  5. There is a scene with a coffin (I can’t say no more), but when you see the film you’ll know.
  6. Lex Luthor mentions that there is a big bad coming (Bad Guy coming)
  7. Possibility of Time Travel or dimensional travel in which we see in Batman’s dream sequence.
  8. Does Perry White figure out that Clark Kent is Superman?? (There is a hint he might know)
Easter Egg - Robin suit graffiti by the Joker - Image owned by Warner Brothers

Easter Egg – Robin suit graffitied on by the Joker – Image owned by Warner Brothers

Cast & Characters

Now for the key Characters and Cast break down (I am not gonna go through every character as it’s not necessary)…

Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne

Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne

 Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck) – 

We see Bruce Wayne is older, according to the movie its been 20 years since he became the Dark Knight. Mentally he is scarred by what he witnessed happen to the people and those who worked for him in Metropolis, during the events of the movie in Man of Steele.

Batman, we see has become a lot more sinister and in my opinion everything he stood against, he is on the borderline of becoming,  I for one would like to see the stand alone move prequal which explains this in detail and that Robin suite with the graffiti.

Ben Affleck (Actor) – I think he played his role very well and as I explained early really suited the way this version of Batman that was written and would watch this franchise with him in it.

Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman

Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman

Clark Kent/Superman (Henry Cavill) – 

To be honest their is not a lot of character shown of Clark Kent. We see him with bee in his bonet wanting to write an article about what is happening in Gotham and the Batman, which would have worked more had he been writing for a Gotham newspaper. I think this part of his character was deliberatly left out because the movie takes place 18 months after his first outing in the Man of Steele.

Superman – This film show’s Superman with a lot of weaknesses which both include his mother and Lois Lane, in my opinion, he is still quite a new superhero learning about himself as Superman, because in the previous movie he had only just become Superman. We also see him in a personal struggle as to how the world see’s him; in one instance he is this beam of hope and a celebrated hero and too the senate and those that he could not save and even Batman he is a hindrance and they are scared of what he can do to humanity, this is a battle that makes him feel conflicted with everything that he does…

Henry Cavill (Actor)- I liked Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steele, he looks the part and is believable in every way.  His facial expression really help him get across the moods of what his character is experiencing.

Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman

Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) – 

We don’t see as much of Diana as we should, to really get to know her. what we do see is that she is clever and calculating, she know’s how to use her femininity to her advantage, but she is certainly no fool. What I also liked is that Diana/Wonder Woman is a Greek Goddess so why should she have an American accent, I liked the fact that she had an exotic accent.

 Wonder Woman – I think the best reaction I heard in the cinema was when we saw Wonder Woman appear ready to fight. This woman made both her male counterparts look like they could learn a thing or too from her, when it comes to taking on the bad guys down. We see from the movie that she seems to have lost her faith in mankind slightly and I have no doubt we will find out why in her fourth coming movie. If her movie is written right I can see more than one Wonder Women movie made…

Gal Gadot (Actress)- is defiantly one to watch out for, she portrays elegance when and she can actually act, which is great that she was cast as Wonder Woman.

Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor

Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor

Lex Luthor (Jessie Eisenberg) –

 As I explained before I genuinely do not believe that this character was written right. To me Lex Luthor should have been a hardened millionaire business man. But what we got was a young man with no apparent reason to really hate Superman or Batman, it’s more about succeeding to his ultimate goal what ever that may be. There are hints online that he is not the Lex Luthor we know, but he is the son of Lex Luthor Snr, which may also explain his role and character in the movie.

Jessie Eisenberg (Actor)- I do like him as an actor and I think had he have been cast as the Riddler in a Batman movie, it would be a career defining role much like it was for the late Heath Ledger who played The Joker in Nolan’s Dark Knight franchise. I have know doubt that Jessie Eisenberg could play a bat guy in another movie, it’s just Lex Luthor didn’t work for him.

Amy Adams played by Lois Lane

Amy Adams played by Lois Lane

Lois Lane (Amy Adams) – 

This version of Lois Lane as had a lot of negative comments, this could because she looks very different to both the comics as well as the other movies and TV show versions in the past. What people have to understand when the original Lois Lane was cast in the earlier movies, she was very needy and kind of repressed as a damsel in distress every five minutes as well as bossy. This Lois Lane has been adapted to a modern female journalist and although she still needs rescuing by Superman, it’s for real reasons like going to middle east and interviewing terrorists/warlords… Lois Lane and Clark Kent are an item and in this movie we really she how she is Clark Kent’s/Superman’s rock and she even comes to his rescue. What we do learn from the movie is that Lois is a big factor to what will make or break Superman.

Amy Adams (Actress) – I do like Amy Adams as an actress as like Jessie Eisenberg she is able to play both comedy role and serious role. I also believe that her and Henry Cavill have good screen chemistry.

 

Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth

Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth

Alfred J. Pennyworth (Jeremy Irons) –

Alfred is Bruce Wayne’s the closest thing Bruce Wayne has to family. Because  Alfred raised Bruce after his parents were murder, we see more of a father like bond in which Alfred will stick by Bruce through anything he does, even if does not agree with Bruce’s methods which you will see within the film.

Jeremy Irons (Actor) – I respect as an actor he was great being casted as Alfred and kept the theme to the two most recent Alfred’s from Dark Knight and Gotham going. The Thing about Jeremy Irons is he can can be cast as both good guy and bad guy most movies.

What DC/Warner Bros should do

  1. Both Disney/Marvel and Warner Bros/DC have some great TV shows at the moment (Marvel with Jessica Jones and Dare Devil) and (DC Gotham, Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow). What Marvel does is connect their Marvel TV universe with their Marvel Cinematic universe even is its subtle mentions as well continuity to connect to the Avengers Movies.
  2. They should have cast Grant Gustin as the Flash as this would have gotten fans even more excited, the same as if the bring the Green Arrow or Supergirl they would need to cast Stephen Amell and Melissa Beniost.
  3. A prequel for Ben Affleck’s Batman to explain why he is so ruthless and explain the Robin Suit.
  4. Not to cram so much into the next film, people will pay to follow the story in as many movies as it takes.

Disclaimer: I do not own any images in this blog post, they are all owned by Warner Bros and all opinions in this article are my own.

Article by LJ Legend

 

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LJ is the founder of Outside the Bubble UK, she will be releasing her first novel this year called 'The Secret Diary of a Hotel Entertainer', which is based on some of her experience as a hotel entertainer over the years. LJ has a passion for Travel and this year is preparing for her next big adventure, whilst also training for her first Triathlon

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