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“Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” Review

Last updated on April 13, 2016

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(Pictured: Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman, in promotional art for the new film.  Photo courtesy of The Telegraph.)

By: Jessica Peña, Staff Writer

In a way, it feels like “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice” is a teaser film for more to come. The substance of the film was duller than it was gripping, but it manages to keep our attention, nonetheless.

As someone who was never deep into the comics, seeing the film was a bittersweet experience indeed.

Henry Cavill returns as Clark Kent/Superman with a truly heroic flair. Cavill is excellent and impressive as the red-caped crusader.

Ben Affleck’s Batman/Bruce Wayne was not too boring. We can give him credit for a solid performance. We can only hope that Affleck’s Batman settles well into his character for the next Justice League films to come.

The introduction of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman was definitely a moment to cheer for. Her presence in the next Justice League films will be an overdue performance.

Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luther was rather child-like and confusing. Is it just me or would an actor of Bryan Cranston’s capacity have been better for the role?

As decent as the performances were, that alone does not make the film. To say that BVS was a cinematic masterpiece would be a far reach. Director Zack Snyder takes on the film with a more Batman centric theme and tries to deliver a solid Superman intertwined story.

As the world questions whether or not a god-hero should operate with such unchecked power, Batman and Superman brawl in the streets of Gotham and Metropolis.

Terrorism, paranoia and torture are woven into more standard superhero tenets. This is a battle between God and man, and the film also has plenty of moments worthy of a classic Greek tragedy.

Ideas are plentiful and often repeated, as are dream sequences and Snyder’s patented wide-angle slow-motion set pieces. And really, do we need another ‘young Bruce Wayne watches his parents get shot’ sequence?

BVS is filled to the brim with comic book references and it begs the question, “Did Zack Snyder make this film for everyone?” It is easy to understand how these films would reconnect to the comics, but it does leave a good chunk of its audience confused.

If you are a comic fan, give this film a go and you will probably enjoy the heck out of it, even just for the references, but if you are not all up to your knowledge, as I am, then give it a go with a clear head.

There is a bunch to wrap your head around, and it turns out to be more ‘Dawn of Justice’ than ‘Batman vs Superman.’

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