Following his titanic struggle against General Zod, Metropolis has been razed to the ground and Superman is the most controversial figure in the world. While for many he is still an emblem of hope, a growing number of people consider him a threat to humanity, seeking justice for the chaos he has brought to Earth. As far as Bruce Wayne is concerned, Superman is clearly a danger to society. He fears for the future of the world with such a reckless power left ungoverned, and so he dons his mask and cape to right Superman’s wrongs. The rivalry between them is furious, fueled by bitterness and vengeance, and nothing can dissuade them from waging this war. However, a dark new threat arises in the form of a third man: one who has a power greater than either of them to endanger the world and cause total destruction
This movie tries so hard… and falls flat on almost every level. It is further proof that DC may be a master of the animated movie and they may be brilliant in the way they approach many of the TV properties but when it comes to movies they still can’t pull it together. This is a long movie that feels even longer. Ben Affleck does a GREAT job as Batman, that doesn’t mean anyone could easily like this Batman (most did not) but he does a great job and any problems there are with the character fall on the writer, producers and director. The problem with this Batman is no that he is brutish and violent and angry.. it’s that he’s not smart. He’s not strategic and intellectual , brilliant and a world class detective. He is consumed by anger, hatred, vengeance and brutality (and not in a good way). He is blind in his rage and directs it towards Superman.
The ending, which should be amazing and outstanding fell flat in both viewings. One, at a preview session and the other on the release date, where we purchased tickets. The ending should be exciting and fun and amazing.. and it just… wasn’t. It completely fails on every single level.
You should leave the theater with your mouth wide open from awe unable to withstand the anticipation of the next chapter… most people who were leaving the theater were tired, worn down and felt like they had gone a few rounds with Superman. The movie is tedious and boring with characters that most people did not care about at all. Oh no Louis is in trouble… oh look Batman is Angry, oh look Superman is Angry, oh my Martha is Angry. The problem with a bunch of characters who are essentially the same in attitude is that you just don’t care.
The preview of the justice league, which people know is coming was forced as is but would have made a magnificent after credit sequence. It would have at least of given people something to talk about on the way out rather then just shaking their heads in disappointment or yawning.
Man of Steel, would be appreciated by anyone after watching this. This was no where near as good. A long time DC fan and unlike many fan boys have little problem with taking some creative liberties with characters (there are things that work well in years of comics that don’t translate on screen), there are things that should evolve but not completely change. Doomsday was sadly, a disaster. In the comic he is a Goliath , matching Superman’s physical might and that’s pretty much it. His punches are so powerful they shatter buildings (which Snyder seems to really, really, really like to do).. there was no need to alter him to the point they did.
This movie would have been better served had Lex made a clone from Zod’s body of Bizarro (makes more sense) and had it been only Batman and Superman, getting to know one another, learning about each other, discovering their differences and ultimately their similarities as they came together in the end to defeat a Superman level menace. After the credits , an email to Wonder Woman with Batman letting her know that he has discovered who she is.
You could even have had wonder woman in it, she was a delightful character (in this film) and her scene was enjoyable (she gets little screen time despite being the best characters). As it is it just falls flat.
An enjoyable sequence with the Flash (doesn’t say) but do wish it was Grant (CW) as he is the true flash. This movies wrongs can still be righted in the next one and we will likely see it when it arrives but we are not looking forward to it and have no real anticipation of it’s arrival.