One day while living in New York City, I ran into Frank Gorshin. Many of you reading this will not know him, but will recognize his character “The Joker” from the old Batman television series. I kinda lost my mind a little. I mean, it felt like “the joker” had jumped out of my television set and onto a street in Manhattan just to meet me!!!
Needless to say, when I heard that there would be a movie where Batman was going up against Superman…I had to check it out!!!
Let’s start with the good news. The technical aspects and photography of this film are absolutely stunning. Loved the fact that director Zack Snyder kept true to both franchises reminding us of both superhero origins, as well as, bringing back Clarke Kent’s film parents Kevin Costner (Jonathan Kent) and Diane Lane (Martha Kent). The franchise has become somewhat diverse with the additions of Laurence Fishburne (Perry White) as the Daily Planet Chief and Harry Lennix (Swanwick) as the Chief of Police and Amy Adams (Lois Lane) stays true to being the strong-willed heroine with a heart.
I’m all down for a good superhero fight, but felt like the fight scenes in this film were all about 20 minutes too long. It felt like they would never end and you could really feel the fact that they were choreographed.
Ben Affleck is my dude!!! I am one of the few people who saw “Hollywoodland” where he portrayed real George Reeves (Superman from the television series)!!! So, of course, I was curious to see how he would handle Batman. Well, I kinda wasn’t feeling it! Love Ben, but his best moments as Batman I feel got left on the cutting room floor. on the same note Henry Cavill as Superman was just OK. I felt like his strength mentally as a superhero was washed over a little in the installment. Love both Ben and Henry, but again felt like this film didn’t do either one of them justice.
Even though director Zack Snyder is a master of the DC comic franchise having also directed Justice League, Aquaman and two untitled DC comic films slated to be released in 2018 and 2019, I was mortified at the revelation of killing off Superman? I wasn’t having it!!! How can you kill my boy??!!
My faith in the film was only redeemed in the characterization of Lex Luther portrayed with much venom by the brilliant Jesse Eisenberg. It was a little reminiscent of Gene Hackman’s Lex Luther from the old Superman flicks in the way that the humor was very understated yet effective for the character.
So, would I recommended this one? At the end of the day it doesn’t matter what I think. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has grossed nearly $300 million dollars thus far and will continue to touch a nerve with all fans of both franchises.