[REVIEW] Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice

By Richard Crake - Reporter

Zack Snyder’s sequel to ‘Man of Steel’ brings two of DC Comics titans, Batman and Superman into conflict; and its one hell of a ride. Several years after the events of ‘Man of Steel’ the world is in awe and fear of Superman. What does he stand for? Can his power remain unchecked? Is he the hero he is represented to be? Is he our saviour or destruction?

During the film’s production the casting was deemed controversial, with Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and Gal Gadot as Diana Price/Wonder Woman. They all did a good job in bringing their own twist to their respective characters. Ben’s Batman is older, brutal and reminds me of the Batman from the Arkham series of video games. Jessie’s version of Lex Luthor is refreshing with a younger spin on the iconic villain, with a genius but troubling mind. With Gal Gadots Wonder Woman being one of the vivid parts of the film, being one of the most action packed hero’s on screen.

The performances alone were good; together on screen they were even better. The look and feel of the film is quite reminiscing of Man of Steel which was also directed by Zack Snyder along with the Dark Knight Trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan, which creates a darker, grittier look onto this comic book universe. However at times the CGI can drop in quality, one moment it looks very lifelike and then the next it can stick out like a sore thumb. The music was composed by Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL who both contributed to Inception, Man of Steel, Deadpool, the Dark Knight Rises and Mad Max. So expect a good soundtrack along with the film, however at times the music did distract away from dialogue at key moments.

I won’t go into spoilers of the plot as it covers quite a lot and builds up to the Justice League, which is DC Comics version of Marvel Comics Avengers. However if you enjoy reading comic books/graphic novels I would recommend you read ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ by Frank Miller and Superman Doomsday by Dan Jurgens. This film certainly takes inspiration from these classic stories from DC Comics. I really enjoyed the film, and it’s now one of my favourite superhero films. Many critics have valid criticisms about the film and it has been getting mixed reviews from critics and fans alike.

I would caution you away from reviews, which is counterproductive since you’re reading this, but I would go in with no expectations, sit back, relax and enjoy the film and make your own opinion.

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