Out in theaters now, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice has mixed reviews. The PG-13 film has its most positive ratings from the loyal DC Comics fan base, though some of the fan base and most of the movie critics found the movie to fall flat to the hype surrounding the film.
The film takes place after the events from the 2013 film Man of Steel, which was also directed by Zach Snyder. Man of Steel has an overall better rating then Dawn of Justice. Man of Steel has a 56 percent from Rotten Tomatoes and Dawn of Justice has a 29 percent from Rotten Tomatoes.
Dawn of Justice opens with another Batman backstory. It then moves to the events that happened at the ending of Man of Steel. But it is shown as the destruction caused by Superman through the eye of Bruce Wayne.
After all that, the story fast forwards a few years into the future, where Superman is being praised for his heroic duties, while Batman’s obsession of Superman has caused him to be more ruthless.
The story progresses once more when a civilian, who lost his legs due to Superman’s fight in Man of Steel, defaces a statue built in honor of Superman.
Shortly after these events, Bruce Wayne meets Clark Kent at a party hosted by Lex Luthor. While attending the party, Wayne spots a woman unlike the others who is later revealed to be Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman is portrayed by Gal Gadot, who is most known for her work in the Fast and Furious films.
Wayne is at the event to steal some information he needs to figure out something he is searching for by putting it on an external drive. While Wayne is distracted, Prince moves in to steal the drive.
Throughout the film Wayne is plagued with nightmares that show a post-apocalyptic world where Army officials are seen wearing a black armband with a Superman logo. During one of these nightmare sequences, we see a cameo from the Flash who is portrayed by Ezra Miller. Miller is best known from his work on Perks of Being a Wallflower, 2012, and Trainwreck, 2015.
Batman really commits to defeating Superman after an explosion leaves Superman as the only survivor.
Prince returns the stolen drive to Wayne, claiming it is coded and she is unable to retrieve her picture. Wayne solves the code and there he finds files on Cyborg, The Flash, Aquaman, Wonder Woman and a thing of kryptonite in Luthor’s possession.
Then begins the fight of the century, with Luthor as the grandmaster.
Overall the movie was average. The story was good, but unfortunately there was too much going on. The film had to give Luthor and Batman a background to understand where they were coming from, a basic introduction to who Diana Prince/Wonder Woman was, and introduce the concept of Cyborg, The Flash and Aquaman. It was too much to introduce at once, and not a good way to set up the start to their cinematic universe.
They should have followed Marvel’s plan and had at least one or two more individual films, then moved into a group film. The length of the film made the movie seem worse than it actually was. It was so long, with so much information, it left multiple dead points throughout the film. This made the scenes feel forced. Even though it was wonderful to see Wonder Woman, who Gadot portrayed flawlessly, the film could have done without her.
One thing that was done extremely well was the score of the film. The music really progressed the scenes and made even the forced scenes interesting.
So if you plan on seeing this film, be sure to block out at least three hours. Overall the film had a wonderful shot composition, a good story and a cliffhanger that will leave you questioning what will happen in the next film.