“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” Review

26 March, 2016

Director: Zack Snyder
Screenwriters: Chris Terrio, David S. Goyer
Director of Photography: Larry Fong
Cast: 
Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams

Synopsis: Following the destruction of Metropolis and subsequent devastation across the city, Batman vows to take revenge on Superman, squaring up in an epic stand-off while supervillain Lex Luthor unveils his reign of terror.

Batman v Superman Review:

Neither a complete embarrassment nor a DC masterpiece, “Batman v Superman” is a film that will always be tainted by audience expectation and one that would likely have been given a much fairer chance had Christopher Nolan never existed. Unfortunately for Zack Snyder, a certain director clearly beat him to the punch and he’s left trying prove himself in a world where his personal vision refuses to match up with the framework set by decades of comic book lore.

In spite of his undeniable weaknesses when it comes to storytelling and character arcs, Snyder’s unwavering belief in the power of the image effortlessly retains his place as an outstanding visionary filmmaker and his big-scale action sequences translate comic book iconography into something truly cinematic. Ensuring that “Batman v Superman” matches the sumptuous visuals of “Watchmen”, which he appears to be using as the aesthetic base for the gloomy DC universe, Snyder produces a succession of poignant and rather beautiful moments and he presses these images into the minds of a sceptical audience while ignoring the gigantic missteps taken by Warner Bros.

Despite Hans Zimmer’s score holding the weight of heavy imagery with ease, “Batman v Superman” fails to satisfy two different audiences. While the studio outright refuses to alienate new audiences, Snyder tries and fails to prove how much of a comic book nerd he is as he begs for acceptance from the fans. The resistance from both sides is a bitter battle that takes place directly on-screen, mirroring the ferocious stand-off between its principle heroes with eerie accuracy. A great screenplay probably once existed for “Batman v Superman” and it’s a shame that we’ll never see it but what we are left with is far from a nightmare, it’s a frenzied and chaotic adaptation, but one with an inherent beauty to its reams of carnage.

 

   

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