Impending doom weighs down new DC film


Numerous comics, TV specials and animated movies have recounted and retold the near-historic matchup of the Son of Krypton and the Dark Knight. Now, director Zack Snyder brings the pair to the silver screen as a sequel to “Man of Steel.”

Taking place two years after Superman’s destructive battle with General Zod at the end of the last film, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” puts the focus on Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), Batman, as he deals with growing distrust of the god-like being that is Superman (Henry Cavill).

Accusing each other of acting above the law, the stage is set for a clash of fists and ideals. But acting behind the scenes is the mad genius, Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), using the clash of god and man as a cover to bring his own nefarious schemes to fruition.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” worked amazingly well; better than I thought it would, or at least a third of it did. The other two-thirds of the film, not so much.

At its core, “Batman vs. Superman” is just that; they’re opposing, ironically similar views of each other collide and the growing tension between the two is a main driving point of the film.

Affleck was a wonderful Bruce Wayne/Batman. Taking the role of an elder, more gray Caped Crusader, it was certainly a fresh take on representing Batman on the big screen. Alongside him was Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Batman’s loyal butler.

Irons is one of those actors that you can never go wrong with, and he more than proves his talent and likeable onscreen presence despite the small amount of screen time he was allotted.

Cavill, Amy Adams and Laurence Fishburne reprise their roles from “Man of Steel” as Superman, Lois Lane and Perry White, respectively.

Yes, when it comes to the title of the movie, “Batman vs. Superman” is exactly what the film excels at and is exactly what you’ll get. It’s the “Dawn of Justice” part that fails.

Cramming in awkward cameos of other Justice League members in order to setup the DC movie extended universe was one of the problems the film had.

Working Gal Godot as Wonder Woman into the plot was okay, but overall, her presence in the film didn’t contribute anything to the plot other than some backup during the final battle.

Speaking of the final battle; while Snyder certainly has an eye for explosive cinematography, sometimes it can be a bit too much. The fast-paced camera work becomes lost in a CGI effects-laden climactic fight.

Another aspect of the film that just didn’t work was Eisenburg as Lex Luthor.

There was an unrestrained eccentricity to the acting of Eisenburg that made Lex Luthor more annoying and emotionally fickle than the intricately plotting, devious mastermind that the character is commonly known for.

But the most glaring problem is the specific “Dawn of Justice” subtitle. Those words alone add in a whole of heap of pointless fluff to the film that ultimately overshadows the core conflict that works so well.

Confusingly, pointless dream-sequences and weight of “things to come” bog down the plot and several character’s motivations get lost along the way. It’s as if the film makers are more distracted with looking to the future of the franchise, rather than focusing their efforts on the current project in front of them.