Monday, 18 April 2016

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Review

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Release Date: 24th March 2016 - Australia

Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures 
DC Comics
DC Entertainment
RatPac Entertainment 
Atlas Entertainment
Cruel and Unusual Films

Roadshow Distribution 

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 151 minutes 

Budget: $250,000,000

Box Office Gross: $873,260,194

Plot Summary
When some begin to fear 
Superman because of his 
great power, Gotham City's 
vigilante, Batman decides 
to take on Metropolis's 
superhero. However, the 
infighting leaves the world 
exposed to a new threat 
that puts mankind in 
greater danger than anyone 
could have possibly imagined.

Henry Cavill - Clark Kent/Superman 
Ben Affleck - Bruce Wayne/Batman
Jesse Eisenberg - Lex Luthor
Amy Adams - Lois Lane
Diane Lane - Martha Kent
Laurence Fishburne - Perry White
Jeremy Irons - Alfred Pennyworth
Holly Hunter - June Finch
Gal Gadot - Wonder Woman
Scoot McNairy - Wallace Keefe
Callan Mulvey - Anatoli Knyazev
Tao Okamoto - Mercy Graves
Michael Cassidy - Jimmy Olsen
James Mamoa - Aquaman
Ray Fisher - Victor Stone/Cyborg
Ezra Miller - Barry Allen/Flash
Kevin Costner - Jonathan Kent
Jeffrey Dean Morgan - Thomas Wayne
Lauren Cohan - Martha Wayne
Brandon Spink - Young Bruce Wayne
Robin Atkin Downes - Doomsday 
Harry Lennix - Secretary Swanwick
Carla Gugino - Kelor (Voice)
Christina Wren - Major Carrie Farris

Director - Zack Snyder
Batman Creators - Bob Kane and Bill Finger
Superman Creators - Jerry
Siegel and Joe Shuster
Writer/Executive Producer - David S. Goyer 
Writer - Chris S. Terrio
Executive Producers - 
Christopher Nolan, Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns, 
Benjamin Melniker, Michael Uslan and Emma Thomas
Producers - Charles Roven and 
Deborah Synder
Co-Producer - Curt Kanemoto
Co-Producers/Unit Production Managers - Jim Rowe and Gregor Wilson
Production Designer - Patrick Tatopoulos 
Costume Designer - Michael Wilkinson
Director of Photography - Larry Fond
Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator - Damon Caro 
Stunt Coordinator - Tim Rigby
Co-Fight Choreographers - Guillermo Grispo and Ryan Watson
Senior Visual Effects Supervisor - Joe Letteri 
Visual Effects Supervisors - 
John 'D.J.' Des Jardin and Dinesh K. Bishnoi 
Visual Effects Supervisor: Weta Digital - Keith Miller 
Film Editor - David Brenner
Music - Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL

In 2014, I've wondered if BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE would be as good as the hype had suggested it would be. I am sorry to say however that it's nowhere near an improvement to MAN OF STEEL (click here), unfortunately its director Zack Snyder has assembled a poor narrative with characters that were all flatly developed with the exception of Ben Affleck's Batman portrayal. Even the redundant inclusion of the Doomsday character is too early to be featured in the climax. Unfortunately Zack did little to improve his mistakes from his last average feature, MAN OF STEEL. BATMAN V SUPERMAN in my opinion is in much need of a directors cut and could greatly benefit from some refinement and polishing to the editing of the feature.

The majority of the flaws on BATMAN V SUPERMAN really degraded the overall quality of film and made a near-unwatchable experience. Such notable deficits include Jesse Eisenberg's interpretation of the Man of Steel's arch-nemesis Lex Luthor. This character is supposed to be a technological genius and being so clever. His interpretation was spastic and loopy and is mainly a cross between his previous role of Mark Zuckerberg and Heath Ledger's Joker, but not like Gene Hackman's. I was starting to like Eisenberg at his previous role in NOW YOU SEE ME (click here), but after seeing his latest character as Lex, I have to say this has brought him down a notch in my book. The other faults is Henry Cavill who appeared once again to try and have his Superman character similar to his previous feature and did not appear to make any changes to the character to improve from his last film. 

On a positive note, Ben Affleck's performance as the middle-aged Batman was mesmerising and I thought it was impossible to cast him as a masked vigilante like his previous role in DAREDEVIL. It was an unexpected move to replace Christian Bale as the caped crusader, but he had a nice surprise for the fans that were now welcoming him as the new Batman. One of my favourite actors Jeremy Irons was a touch of surprise as splendidly portraying Alfred Pennyworth. I see no reason why Irons of all the old English thespians is not having consistent success like Michael Caine. Gal Gadot was amazingly perfect as Wonder Woman and the action sequences are stunningly beautiful in CGI and have a sense of realism.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN does not live up to the expectations and does not beat Marvel at their own game. It's been nice knowing that this is a now passable movie of 2016, but I do hope that following movies from Snyder do raise the bar from this mild disappointment.

Star rating: (5/10) Average

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