Director: Zach Snyder
Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Gal Gadot
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Rated: PG-13 (For strong frontier combat and violence including gory images, a sexual assault, language and brief nudity)
I'm sort of at a loss for words as I sit down to write my review for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Batman is one of my all-time favorite characters. I consider “The Dark Knight” to be the best movie the superhero genre has to offer and is still the golden standard for which other movies in the genre are measured against. Likewise, Superman has always been a personal hero growing up, because I can relate to the whole outcast trying to do good to others mentality. All of these facts are true, but what is also true is that “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is one of the worst pieces of garbage to hit the cinemas. Less fun than “Fantastic Four” (2014 version of course), more pointless than “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” movie goers who want to have a good time will be better off seeing “Zootopia” for a third time.
I can say with certainty that if you have been reading comic books for a long time many of Easter eggs, prolonged fights, and unexplained motivations will make sense. In truth, the dream sequences and the cameos didn't confuse me because I didn't understand them (I did), I just didn't understand why they were in this. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is not a movie: It's part one in what Warner Bros. hopes will be a massive multiuniverse series to sell millions of toys. The problem with this thinking is that these characters are so well loved by people you don't need to set up future films to get them to see them. They will gladly pay their money to see them anyway. The last fifteen minutes in this film would be a perfect opening to the next film. Too bad the art seems to actively be on the chopping block for the marketing. The biggest sin of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is that it was on the verge of being one of the best films of year. Instead it's the worse Kellogg's commercial of the decade.
P.S. There are rumors that there is an R-rated directors cut of the film coming out on BluRay later this year. I am genuinely interested in seeing it, if only because if this is the amount of violence the MPAA considers to be okay for teenagers, I REALLY want to see what their opinion on adults only violence looks like!
Parents, there is strong violence and mild language. Recommended for ages 16 and up.