By: Jacob Mueller ~Staff Writer~
So far, “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” has earned a whopping $424.1 million at the box office. Moviegoers are certainly ecstatic to see the two DC legends battle it out on the bigscreen, but is the film any good?
I had the pleasure of seeing it on opening night, and I left the theater very conflicted about my final verdict.
“Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” is a visually stunning film. Director Zack Snyder certainly knows how to capture spectacular-looking action sequences and imagery that propels the film as a must-see in theaters.
Even the special effects, which are somewhat overdone in some sequences, elevate the technical aspects of the film.
Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Bruce Wayne and Batman, blew me away and stole the show in terms of the performances. The bat suit looked incredible on screen, and Affleck brought in a very well-rounded emotional and physical performance.
While standing out in the technical category, this film suffers greatly from an incoherent and messy script, especially during the first act.
It seems the studio was desperate to cram as much as it can in this film in order to please the fans and jumpstart their own Justice League cinematic universe.
The two conflicts represented in the title do not mix well, and it mostly comes off as messy writing and incoherent story telling.
At times, I felt I was watching two different films: the conflict between Batman and Superman and the attempt to jumpstart the Justice League.
I would recommend that any comic fan check out this film just for the amazing imagery and action it delivers.
However, it was difficult to ignore the major storytelling flaws in the film, so I simply cannot call it a great comic book film.