Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

(Warner Bros.)

 

After Superman defends the Earth from General Zod, many people view him as a threat, including Bruce Wayne--the Batman.

 

Rated PG-13 for  intense sequences of violence and action throughout, and some sensuality.

Genre: Science Fiction

Viewer Appeal: 12 and up.

 

I have to be honest. I love superhero movies. Maybe it's because I watched The Justice League cartoon as a kid (no, I didn't not survive on Marvel or DC comic books), or because lately these movie been quite entertaining, but whatever the reason, I look forward to seeing the latest and greatest superhero flick. Unfortunately, Batman v Superman may have been the latest, but it certainly wasn't the greatest.

 

The story of Batman has been told many times, starting way back when on TV, where he was campy (BOOM! POW! CRASH!) all the way to the last trilogy where Christian Bale's Batman was dark and brooding. But Christian Bale had nothing on Ben Affleck's angry, bitter, and vengeful Bruce Wayne, who happened to be in Metropolis the day Superman defeated General Zod. As he watched buildings crash and thousands of people die in that epic battle, the seeds of his hate for Superman (Henry Cavill) began to grow.

 

Eighteen months after his battle with General Zod, Superman is still fighting crime while posing as the gentle reporter, Clark Kent. Some aren't so thrilled with Superman, and see only the people who get caught in the fight, not the lives he saving or violence he's stopping. In fact, the government has created a committee, led by Senator Finch (Holly Hunter), to discuss the Superman problem. Adding fuel to the flame is Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenburg), the psychotic head of Lex Corp. He hates Superman so much, he's covertly obtained some Kryptonite which he plans to use to destroy the superhero.

 

This doesn't sound like such a bad movie, but what that summary is missing how this is basically 3/4's of the movie. It mostly includes Bruce Wayne hating Superman, having crazy dreams, hating Superman, plotting how he's going to rid the world of Superman, hating Superman, plotting how to can obtain Lex's Kryptonite while hating Superman even more. When I first heard Ben Affleck was playing Batman, I honestly groaned inside, but he was not the problem with this movie. Affleck played a great Batman with what he was given. My feeling was the same with Jesse Eisenburg as Lex Luthor, but again, he played a psychotic quite well.

 

I assumed DC Comics would ensure an amazing director for this movie, as they are battling Marvel blockbusters like Thor, The Avenger's, Guardian’s of the Galaxy, and Iron Man. Instead they picked Zack Snyder, the director of such classics as 300, Dawn of the Dead, and Watchmen. Ok, so he also directed Man of Steel, and did a fairly decent job, but Batman v Superman was not all that it could have, or should have, been. The obsessive hate of Batman, along with the crazy of Lex, makes for a very unsettling 2 1/2 hours. They needed some comic relief somewhere in the story to lighten the mood and illuminate the darkness.

 

Let's Talk About It

Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this movie:

 

• Why do you think Batman was so moved when he discovered Superman's mother was also named Martha?

 

• How could Batman have handled his anger toward Superman differently? How might that have affected the outcome? What does this teach you about facing your own anger?

 

• Is forgiveness stronger than hate? Explain your answer.

 

--JW

 

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