Two of DC Comics’ famous superheroes battle it out across Metropolis and Gotham City in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
Superman (Henry Cavill) is hailed as a god and savior by most but others, including Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), disagree. During a shindig hosted by Lex Luther (Jesse Eisenberg), Clark Kent and Wayne meet for the first time and share different philosophies on each other’s alter egos. Kent asks Wayne why Gotham’s hero is a “vigilante who acts above the law.” Wayne asks why The Daily Planet writes fluff pieces every time Superman “saves a cat from a tree.”
Luther is twisted and full of tricks. His father discovered a huge rock in the ocean that glows bright green. Luther learns that this rock is Kryptonite from Planet Krypton. He plots to use it as a weapon against Superman and any other alien that comes to earth.
While attending Luther’s party, Wayne gets access to LexCorp’s data and learns about the Kryptonite. He devises a plan to steal the Kryptonite from Luther and use it on Superman himself in order to save the earth from the alien superhero.
“Batman v. Superman” brings old characters from “Man of Steel” back to the silver screen. Amy Adams reprises her role as red-head Lois Lane. She’s fierce as a journalist and Superman’s cheerleader. Laurence Fishburne returns as Perry White, the demanding editor-in-chief of “The Daily Planet.” Diane Lane returns as Kent’s mom, who tells Kent to be what the world wants him to be–a hero.
Most people didn’t think Ben Affleck could pull off playing the dark crusader. Christian Bale’s previous performance as Batman in “The Dark Knight” trilogy was tough to follow. However, Affleck does well, showing a brooding and angry side of the Dark Knight. Affleck battles Superman and other criminals more ruthlessly than Bale did.
There were places where “Batman v. Superman” fell short. The film had good action scenes and special effects, but there could have been more. Batman and Superman could have gotten into a few more bouts with each other before the ultimate showdown or let the fight dwell on longer, making it a true versus movie. They only fought for 10 minutes!
Jesse Eisenberg, the “Rio” star, is the last person one would expect to play Lex Luther. Unlike the Lex Luthor from “Superman: The Animated Series,” Eisenberg was more silly and crazy than menacing. He lacked bass in his voice, which made it hard to take him seriously as a villain. General Zod from “Man of Steel” was more threatening that Eisenberg could ever be.
“Batman v. Superman” had decent scenes and visual effects, but there was just as not enough action between the heroes to call it a “versus” movie.
Studio: Warner Bros. (2 hr. 31 mins)
Cast: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Gal Gadot, Holly Hunter.
Director: Zack Snyder
Story: Two of DC Comics’ superheroes bout it out as a new villain emerges.
Final Score: D-