|Cast||Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Gal Gadot|
|Running Time||2 Hours 32 Min.|
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice picks up where the 2013 movie, Man of Steel left off. Part of the world, including Gotham billionaire, Bruce Wayne feels that Kryptonian, Superman is more dangerous to the world than he is good. Batman decides to take on Superman and the ultimate battle is on.
This is the first time Ben Affleck portrays the role of Batman. We’re given a background story of Bruce Wayne and how he became Gotham’s protector. One thing’s for sure – Ben Affleck had to seriously up his protein in-take to bulk up so much for this role. He is by far the bulkiest and scruffiest Batman we’ve seen and his portrayal feels very dark and organic. He is focused and unemotional and you get the sense of a more mature Batman, not hung up on girls or revenge. This new Batman is a true vigilante and has real love for Gotham and its inhabitants. The Batsuit was epic and we loved that it looked bulkier and home-made. The Batmobile was as high-tech as they come and we’re in awe of Batman’s (and Bruce Wayne’s) vast collection of cool tech, cars and gadgets.
Henry Cavill reprises his role as Krypton’s favourite son. He looks as good as ever and is able to easily switch between the dorky and clumsy Clark Kent to the powerful and protective Superman. Henry Cavill will make most people swoon as the romantic side to Superman shines through in Batman v Superman. He not only loves Lois Lane almost obsessively, but we start to realise how much he loves the people of Earth too. Ultimately, he is the tortured hero and serves as a metaphor for fickle human behaviour. However, we did feel that his character lacked a bit of substance compared to the 2013 movie, Man of Steel.
With so many superheroes staring in this Zack Snyder DC Comics movie, you would think it will be impossible to choose your favourite. But Gal Gadot’s spot on and sassy portrayal of Diana Prince/Wonder Woman completely stole the show. Perhaps it was because it was the first time that this powerful and ancient amazonian supernatural queen got some big screen time, but you could actually hear people in the audience gasp every time she came on screen. Gal Gadot was able to capture a strong, independent and elegant woman who will kick your ass. We can’t wait to see what she offers in the upcoming Wonder Woman movie set for release in 2017.
Amy Adams is another female character that really held her own in Batman v Superman. She was never overly sexualised and is portrayed as a naturally strong and beautiful character. Lois Lane is hardly a damsel, although she does have the confidence of someone who is dating a super strong alien.
The new Alfred portrayed by Jeremy Irons was very witty and funny – like any Alfred should be. We really enjoyed his sarcastic and dry, dark British humour. This new Alfred/Batman relationship is very entertaining and less soppy and emotional than previous movies portrayed. As an Oscar winner, it comes as no surprise that Jeremy Irons nailed the performance and we hope he returns for more witty remarks and high-tech operations.
Is there anything that Jesse Eisenberg can’t do? He delivers a mind-blowing portrayal of bad-guy, Lex Luthor. He is able to convince us that he is truly a mad man and that we’ve only seen the beginning.
We’re introduced to Ezra Miller as the The Flash stopping a robbery in a blur as well as Jason Momoa as Aquaman who seems to be captured and punches his glass, underwater cage.
The fighting scenes are pretty rad. Ben Affleck as Batman packs some severe punches with his bulked up build. The gadget and tech he uses in his combat is also creative and cool and we wish we had as many toys as him. Wonder Woman is a fierce warrior and we got to see her rip up enemies in glorious slow motion. If you’re going to be experiencing the movie in 3D or 3D IMAX then you’re in for a sensory treat. The sounds are dramatic and each punch is not only seen, but heard too. Zack Snyder loves stuff that looks cool and epic, judging by his previous movies like The Watchmen and he delivered a visually pleasing experience in Batman v Superman.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is hard to hate. It’s got everything you want from a superhero movie and it features some of the most beloved characters in the DC universe portrayed by some of the best actors in the world. Zack Snyder delivered a sequel and set up to a DC Comics Extended Universe which you’ll want to experience on the big screen more than once.