Saturday, March 26, 2016

Movie Review: "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016)

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice lacks any vision, whatsoever. A tepid beginning of the franchise to come.

Sometimes (usually not for me, but for some) there's nothing more that needs to be said. In a story that struggles to create a troubled conflict that it didn't earn—and inject a backstory as if it was something we'd all experienced—we're left with a limp, tired battle saga between two of the most beloved characters ever written: Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Clark Kent (Henry Cavill). I'm not sure where those guys were, but they were nowhere to be found here. How director Zach Snyder managed to ruin not only them, but likely the most interesting villain in the DC Universe, Lex Luthor (played like a sniveling, spitting wackadoo by Jesse Eisenberg), is an absolute wonder to behold. That may be for some, but it wasn't for me.

Let's cumulatively pretend this film never happened, and assume Justice League will go in a very different direction. Deal?

Rating: ★½ / 5 stars

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