“Do you Bleed… You will.” – Batfleck
After working through Easter weekend I finally got round to seeing this. “7 days late? Matt you are no true fan kill yourself…” I know, I know forgive me oh comic book overlords.
Firstly Batfleck. There were many doubters Ben however you pulled through with an awesome and new representation of the fan favourite. (Performing under pressure one might say???). Excellent work, hats off to you.
Two parts: What I liked. Secondly what I did not like…
TL;DR – Comic book movies and Superheroes hold an important role in society. The heroes within the stories act as the heroes of old mythology. As role models for the young, as idols to aspire to. That is why they are so popular. This film contained two epic heroes facing off…Dawn of Justice was an epic action film and a strong follow up to Man of Steel. 7/10 for me. In saying that though there are lots of things they could’ve done waaaaaaaaay better. Read further to find out!
Foreword about Superhero’s
If you’re not a fan of superhero movies you probably don’t have a soul.
Superheroes are awesome.
Done and done.
I believe that Superheroes are so popular, they are so important because they offer a form of mentorship. As we grow up they can be our role models. I mean seriously as a boy growing up all you want to do is ‘Save the World’ and ‘Stop the bad guys’.
In fact Stan Lee (the father of most superhero stories) said that he made them specifically for boys without a central father figure in their life, and that was very important to him. I wholeheartedly agree. He instilled strong positive values in his heroes, mostly a sense of duty and an obligation to help defend the weak or the helpless. While also building in human flaws to make them relatable and not completely one-dimensional.
They are our modern mythology. Taking the place of heroes of old like Hercules and Achilles (Greek), Thor (Norse), Sigurd (German and Icelandic), Hunahpu and Xbalanque (The Mayan Hero twins), or Samson of the Bible.
The point of these heroes and myths, just with our modern day Superman are traditionally role models. They essentially are stories for the young people of society to look up to, to aspire to and to strive towards.
So back to the film.
It started off great. I loved the visuals of Batman’s origin, if the film had kept up that would’ve been a 10/10. The scenes of Metropolis being destroyed and Bruce Wayne’s side of the story were all done very well and made a strong case for Batman’s disdain for Superman.
Zack Snyder is an excellent action/combat director, we know this from the 300 films. All of the hand to hand fight scenes were shot really well and held the intense action that the fans were there to see. Short hand the action was exactly what I wanted.
The Metal Batsuit and the conflict with injured Superman was a highlight for me. Man vs God as Lex Luther states.
Wonder woman also was pretty epic for being shoehorned pretty hard into the film. I mean she had a badass Leitmotif (character theme music).
Overall I was satisfied. I am more than excited for Justice League.
However Dawn of Justice definitely could have used a bit of work in some places.
I mostly think it suffered as a result of the story needing to be written as a direct sequel to Man of Steel. Yes is pulled through in the end but it was all over the place at times.
The pacing for the first half of the film was good but it drags on and on, by half way you are looking at your watch wondering when they are going to scrap. Similar to waiting for the main event at a boxing or MMA match.
Batman straight up kills people. Yeah that took me off guard and kind of removed me from being completely engrossed in the film.
It was again, sorry to say, a franchise trying to shove as much as they could into a film as possible without doing full justice to anything. It wasn’t a Batman V Superman film in the end, and to make matters worse that was spoiled in the trailer (by showing Doomsday) half a year ago.
In the end though my love for Batman and Superheroes makes me bias and I’d still give it a solid 7/10. (I should probably come up with an original rating system. That can be a task for next review).
I honestly don’t understand how anyone who actually likes Batman, Superman, and/or reads comic books could say this film was bad.