I’m a Marvel guy. Always have been. I read Batman quite a bit but little else from DC.
And after Dark Knight Rises and Green Lantern (never saw Man of Steel) I was convinced DC couldn’t make a good superhero movie. It wasn’t that the movies were bad (but they were) it was that DC never understood why they were bad. They said Green Lantern failed because it was funny. (No, it didn’t and no, it wasn’t). They said Dark Knight Rises was great because it made lots of money. (It did, but it wasn’t).
So when they charged headlong into a movie just to establish a shared universe franchise I was skeptical to say the least.
Then the movie came out and I didn’t hear one good thing about it. I heard everything I was expecting. We have to watch Batman’s origins again. Ben Affleck is terrible. They ruin the characters. The plot is a mess. The movie isn’t fun. And what’s with Lex Luthor? It’s terrible. It’s horrible.
So I was right.
But I’ve got kids so I had to see it anyway.
And, you know what? It’s not that bad.
Yes, we have to see Batman’s parents die again but it’s basically the opening credits and then we’re done with it.
Ben Affleck did fine and I’m really not his biggest fan. I’m actually looking forward to a standalone Batman flick with him at the helm.
Granted, the plot is a mess if you consider Luthor a part of it. But if you ignore him, it’s fine. Basically Bats and Supes have their differences and they’re going to fight. Luthor is off to the side and the movie pretends like he’s orchestrating it all. But, he’s really not, so just ignore it.
Besides, you’re there to see Superman get his ass handed to him anyway, so what does the plot really matter?
As far as “ruining the characters goes”…You can’t ruin Superman. Any changes you make will only improve him because he is the dullest character ever to begin with. His powers are whatever they need to be at the moment. Fastest, strongest, goodest blah, blah, boring, boring blah.
And Batman? The BvS version has been Batmanning for twenty years. He’s grizzled, unapologetic, and meaner than we’ve seen him. Good. I was tired of seeing naïve Batman getting played by Liam Neeson and almost losing to whatever the hell Tom Hardy was supposed to be. None of those characters would stand a chance against this version. He’s a veteran now and it shows. Which is good, because I didn’t need another first adventure from our hero again after seven movies. He’s got a real opponent now. He’s taking on frigging Superman—the comic world’s equivalent of “Nuhuh you didn’t tag me, I was on base!”—and he doesn’t even blink.
Does it have its lame moments? Oh you bet. Will you roll your eyes? A lot.
But it’s a comic book movie where two heroes fight leading to the inevitable team-up. It delivers on that and I don’t think it deserves a lot of the crap it’s getting.
My biggest gripe besides the way Jessie Eisenberg talks in EVERY DAMN MOVIE HE’S IN EVER is not confined to BvS: Turn on some fucking lights! I can’t see shit. I think the Batmobile was in movie. I think Bat’s costume was blue and grey. But I can’t be certain because they shot everything in the dark. Dark and moody yes, but let me see what’s going on at least.
Shooting movies with the lights out is a shitty trend that’s spilling over to other media. (I’m looking at you Daredevil). And it has to stop. Do dark in gritty in theme and tone and content. But leave the lights on enough for us to see what’s happening.
Batman v Superman isn’t great. It certainly isn’t Marvel good.
But it’s not nearly as bad as the rap it’s getting. And I never thought I’d say that.
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