batman v superman

 

Jeri Jacquin

In theatres Friday is the highly anticipated battle royale between two of most iconic super heroes with director Zack Snyder and Warner Brothers film BATMAN V SUPERMAN: Dawn of Justice.

During the battle of Superman (Henry Cavill) and General Zod, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) watches the death and destruction of his employees. Angry and feeling he must take a stand, Bruce contemplates putting on the cowl once again. Alfred (Jeremy Irons) tries to talk his grown ward out of his plans.

When Senator Finch (Holly Hunter) takes on a committee to look into not only what Superman has done, but what could happen in the future, she gets the attention of Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg). Offering the Senator a chance to be part of creating a deterrent against Superman, she declines realizing Luthor just isn’t right.

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Lois (Amy Adams) and Clark talk about what can be done with the bad press Superman is getting. There isn’t much time to contemplate that as Batman decides it’s time to take action. During a confrontation, Superman warns the caped crusader that he isn’t welcome in Metropolis.

That doesn’t stop Bruce Wayne from attending a little gathering by Luthor giving him a chance to dig into his computers. Slowing him down is the well coiffed Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) who seems to want the same information.

Superman decides to appear before the Senator’s committee to answer any questions they have. In a swift moment everything changes as two horrified cities and there is only one person responsible – and he will gladly take credit.

Luthor sets in motion the confrontation between Batman and Superman that once again puts innocent lives in the balance. When a bigger and stronger creature comes after both of them, Wonder Woman appears to help not only stop the battle between the two super heroes but refocus on a new enemy.

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They must come together or watch their world fall apart.

Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman is pretty much an eye fest from start to finish. He brought the dark into this character and with so much grief about playing the role in the first place, he should be happy with the outcome. He is smooth, suave, ripped and totally angry. The only downside for me is at Bruce’s age he really needs to put his mommy-daddy issues on the back burner and man up.

Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman is a sad faced puppy who wants everyone to love him. Well Sups, that’s what happens when you bring down your evil friends from Krypton and tear up an entire city – people tend to get a little cranky! It’s nice that Mom and girlfriend got your back but taking on Batman doesn’t help your cause. Especially when that little incident with the politicians gets added to your destruction resume. Hey, not taking sides here, just tired of brooding and cgi being exchanged for actual acting.

Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman just didn’t do it for me. Perhaps it’s because I’ve grown up with a picture in my head and Gadot isn’t it. I wasn’t taken with her performance and although I’m sure every male head will be turning at her nice outfit and badassness, my say will have little effect.

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Adams as Lois is standing by both personalities of her man. Trying to reassure Clark that the media doesn’t know the truth and support Superman in his attempt to fix everything.  Lane as Martha also supports son Clark and comes into close contact with the Batman which I thought was funny.

Irons as Alfred is wonderful and I’m probably bias because almost everything Irons has ever done I love. It’s very cool to have him take on the role of Alfred because I honestly can’t think of anyone else I’d rather have (except for Caine) do it. Hunter as Senator Finch is looking to bring blame to Superman but at what cost? Taking on Luthor isn’t a smart idea but yet she does with destructive results.

Eisenberg as Luthor doesn’t mind giving crazy a try. Not sure I bought into it because after a while it just seemed like he was really stretching it. Oh lets be honest shall we? The crazier he got the more I wasn’t interested. I’m not sure if he was doing impressions of a combination of crazy bad guys or I was overdoes on grown men with daddy issues.

Other cast include: Callan Mulvey as Anatoli Knyazev, Scoot McNairy as Wallace Keefe, Tao Okamoto as Mercy Graves, Brandon Spink as Young Bruce Wayne, Lauren Cohan as Martha Wayne, Mark Taylor as Jack O’Dwyer, Michael Shannon as Zod, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White and special cameos.

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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give BATMAN V SUPERMAN: Dawn of Justice three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. I have to be honest and say I wasn’t expecting too much so I couldn’t be disappointed. So, with that said, the mashing of the storylines between these two iconic characters sort of baffled me. Jumping between past and present with both Batman and Superman having parental issues was sort of boring enough but then there is this drive that brings in a couple minute futuristic story line and all I could think was “what the hell is this?”

Look, I’m sure the film will do well because fans are die hard when it comes to seeing what will happen to their heroes and wanting to see the cool surprises embedded in the film. For me, that isn’t enough. When someone asked me later what I thought of the film I said, “its a two and a half hour cape-measuring contest”. Watching the destruction of these cities for the sake of these two men just seems a bit much.

What I heard from the audience was a lot of silence, that was until a few goodies were shown giving hints of what is to come from the next batch of super heroes. Nope, I won’t be giving anything away because spoilers suck! So gather up the gang and head out for yourselves to see the Snyder battle of the capes.

In the end – the time has finally come!

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