Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Review


Does Superman bleed? This was the question that many fans got the answer to this weekend as the highly anticipated Batman V Superman (BVS): Dawn Of Justice premiered at the Digicel IMAX in Port of Spain.

It was the moment that many comic book fans had been waiting for ever since they first heard the names Superman and Batman and argued about which one was better. Digicel IMAX held a special screening for the film, an ideal coming out ceremony in Trinidad and Tobago for this momentous occasion in pop culture history.

From 6pm the theatre was host to a variety of fans who came to feast their eyes on the BVS spectacle. There were booths on display from the Alias Entertainment Expo (AEE) and Gamescon.  AEE graced the floor with cosplayers dressed as batman and wonder woman.  They interacted with the eager fans and made everyone more excited for the occasion.

Gamescon is the biggest video games convention in Trinidad and Tobago. Their contribution to the evening’s proceedings continued the DC theme, with two television screens that presented the highly popular video game Injustice: Gods Among Us. Patrons got the opportunity to battle as their favourite characters in anticipation of the bout that they were going to see on screen

IMAX itself also had a special giveaway draw. A couple of lucky patrons were able to win some handy BVS memorabilia to make their experience that more memorable.

The movie itself was an emotional one with the 3D IMAX experience enhancing it all the more. This was the culmination of years of DC mythology and storytelling. Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice was going to launch DC’s cinematic universe and continue the franchise’s rivalry with Marvel comics. It did not disappoint in that regard.

THE POSITIVES:

THE BATMAN

Ben Affleck was amazing as Batman and put all his naysayers to rest. In our honest opinion he may be the best live action iteration of the Dark Knight on screen thus far. It seemed as if the famous Batman from the Animated Series had literally been made flesh with all the movements and intensity from the Arkham Asylum games.

WONDER WOMAN

Gal Gadot did not disappoint. It was thought that she would have been one of the weak points for the film in the months leading up to the movie.  Surprisingly enough Gadot held her own. This was the first film adaption of the character and the mystery and strength that was portrayed made one look forward to the Wonder Woman solo film.

THE JUSTICE LEAGUE SET UP

The set up for the other DC universe properties of The Justice League was done pretty well. Characters such as the Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg, got their due time without taking away from the main focus of the film. It made one more interested in seeing their stories told in the upcoming movie adaptations.

BATMAN VS SUPERMAN

This was what we had been waiting for. The fight between the man from Krypton and the Bat of Gotham felt like the pages of Frank Millers classic comic was breathed into existence on the big screen. There was nothing not to love about this fight. Some may wonder how it could be possible for Batman to be able to take on a Godlike character such as Superman; well this movie explains that perfectly. And what a fight it was

THE NEGATIVES:

RANDOM SCENES

There were scenes that seemed randomly put together, and one sometimes got the feeling that they were put in last minute.

The movie was two and a half hours long. Any comic book fan would be happy for that amount of Batman V Superman goodness, however, there were certain scenes in the film that didn’t add value to the overall plot and became unnecessary at some moments. Unnecessary to the point where the movie’s run time did come into question.

One can only hope that those scenes were needed to further the other movies of the DC Cinematic Universe (DCU) because they didn’t seem to further the plot of this movie

LEX LUTHOR

Jesse Eisenberg’s performance as Lex Luthor left a lot to be desired. It may be that the expectations of the Luthor character were too great as opposed to what was presented, but for this movie the feeling that someone else would have done the character better service was not far from the mind.

 

With all that being said, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice was arguably the genesis of the DC Cinematic Universe, the antithesis to Marvel.  In BVS, DC was the kid in class that crammed before finals and still ended up passing, while Marvel was the one that studied every day. They both got a good grade though, because Dawn of Justice has set up its universe to the point where it’s safe to say that their other films have a good chance of knocking it out of the park. Suicide Squad, Justice League, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Batman. The anticipation is greater now. Ladies and Gentleman, the DC cinematic universe has arrived

We give Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice a 7/10.


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