Finally got around to seeing “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, and Jesse Eisenberg. At first I was on the fence about seeing this one, half anticipation and half dread because of all of the mixed reviews. I can honestly tell you now, I see why reviews are mixed. On the whole, this was a good movie. You can tell DC is trying very much to compete with the juggernaut that is the Marvel cinematic universe. As the title states, this movie is about the clashing of two of the oldest and most famous superheroes in the DC Comics universe with a bit of foreshadowing of possible future movies. The build up of the story took a bit long in my opinion. They could have done without the first 45 minutes of the movie really. I don’t feel the audience really needs yet another rehashing of the origins of Batman and Supoerman. Both heroes have been around since the 1920s or 1930s and have had countless tv shows and movies made about them on top of their long running books. It’s safe to say we get the picture. Batman/Bruce Wayne’s parents were killed when he was a kid and it left him traumatized and now he’s a crusader for justice. Superman/Clark Kent is an alien from the planet Krypton who crashed to earth and was raised by a human couple in a small, rural community in the midwest. After slogging through the first 45 – 60 minutes, things do finally start to pick up with the proper story building, setting the stage for what is to come, leading up to the eventual battle royale and the appearance of Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman is bad ass and really needs her own movie, she has potential and we really could use some good female hero movies as it seems Hollywood is afraid of strong female characters. Once things do get moving, it’s pretty awesome. Since this movie is only in its second week, I will try not to give much detail away. There are some things that don’t quite make sense, even for a movie based on comic book superheroes, but sometimes you need to suspend belief for a bit. Don’t go in with too high of expectations, just sit back and enjoy (just try not to fall asleep during the beginning).
Over all, I give this a 6.5 out of 10. It got off to a slow start, which impacts my score, but is still worth seeing at the cheaper matinee.