Published On: Fri, Mar 25th, 2016

Review – Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice


Release date : March 24th, 2016 Rating : 3/5

Director : Zack Snyder

Producer : Deborah Snyder, Charles Roven

Music Director : Hans Zimmer, Junkie XL

Starring : Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jessie Eisenberg..

Finally, the superhero movie by DC Comics that everyone have been waiting for, Batman vs Superman has hit the theatres today. Combining two superheroes, this flick is the beginning to a series of films that are slated to come out in the upcoming years. Black and blue, god vs man, day vs night – who will win? Let’s see how this film fares.

Story :

Following where Man of Steel left off, Batman vs Superman starts 18 moths after the 9/11 type disaster that struck Metropolis. Lex Luthor (Jessie Eisenberg) is determined to bring back a Kryptonite monster back to life and at the same time forces Batman/Bruce Wayne ( Ben Affleck) and Superman/Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) into fighting each other.

How Batman and Superman join hands to stop the Kryptonite monster and Lux Luthor from causing chaos forms the rest of the story.

Plus Points :

Batman vs Superman is a feast for fans of the franchisee. The first movie to feature both the superheroes, every moment both of them are seen together are golden moments for fans. The movie is also filled with action moments that will have the fans running wild and wanting more. There are plenty of strong, specific themes running throughout the flick that give fans an insight for both the superheroes and their powers.

Ben Affleck, who attracted negativity for being cast as Batman, manages to get his act together and ends up giving a superb performance. Henry Cavill continues his role as Superman and is at his best when compared to the previous Superman flicks. Gal Gadot’s special appearance as Wonder Woman certainly raises expectations for the full-length Wonder Woman flick that is slated to release next year. Lex Luthor as the antagonist succeeds in coming close to The Joker that surprised the world in The Dark Knight.

The dark-gritty tone that the makers wanted to achieve has been pulled off to the tee. It creates a sense of seriousness and darkness that is something new to the genre. The effects, especially at the end, make even the fantasy elements seem realistic.

Minus Points :

The story is the weakest link of the movie. One word that can be used to describe the story and the happenings is bizarre. The story lacks clarity for the most part and it feels like much more could have been explained properly. It can also get confusing and chaotic at times. Like with most sequels, if someone has not watched the prequels, they will be lost at the titles itself.

Standing at 2hrs 33mins, this is a very long movie even by Indian standards. It becomes dragging at parts and should have been reduced drastically. The proceedings also take their own time and it seems like much more could have been explained in the excessive run time. The fights, even though amazingly choreographed, seem a little over the top and are too chaotic to follow through, especially the climax one.

Technical Aspects :

Zack Snyder, who is known for making larger than life films, has done a good job for most of the part. Although its very difficult to match the expectations set by fans for the past years, Zack Snyder succeeds to an extent.

As with most Hollywood flicks, CGI is realistic and admirable. Editing is sharp but the run time should have been reduced drastically. As already said, the fights have been choreographed beautifully. Background score is excellent and makes a few scenes really standout.

Camera work is excellent and although a tighter screenplay would have made the movie more racy. Casting is another department that succeeds with an almost perfect ensemble of actors.

Verdict :

Overall, the film makes a thrilling ride for the fans although it might be an average fare for the rest. The film feels like a full length sneak peek for the series of superhero flicks that are slated to hit the screens in the upcoming years. Not excellent but not worst either, Batman vs Superman ends up being somewhere in the middle. The film is a decent watch for the weekend although its better to go with less expectations. Rating : 3/5

Reviewed by Sathvick Yerneni