A franchise is born in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a comic book action movie, about the genesis of the Justice League. The movie is a sequel to 2013’s Man of Steel, beginning in the wake of Superman’s battle with Zod while Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) watches from the street. Wayne aka Batman is solemn and askew, haunted by nightmares—one of which is the movie’s main highlight—and wary of the messianic Superman (Henry Cavill). Also wary is Lex Luthor, played by Jesse Eisenberg, who offers the most interesting and entertaining performance as the zany villain. Whether it’s the batmobile or a boat, the CGI special effects make too many things look weightless, giving BvS a video game feel. The finale is ridiculously fast and explosive, and difficult to follow. The best action scene features Batman fighting goons, not Superman. Ultimately, the movie settles for a formulaic “someone dies…but not really” trope Marvel is notorious for. Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL’s score is bombastic and fitting. Gal Gadot plays Wonder Woman, Amy Adams reprises her role as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne is the comic relief.
By Alec Julian & Carrie White