I can recommend you go and see Batman Vs Superman. It is a spectacle event movie that had me immersed throughout and as it came to an end I knew I had witnesses the start of something. This movie is not perfect and in fact has some major flaws that could have derailed the entire film had it not been for an equal balance of jubilant moments of sheer superhero excess.
The plot here moulds a few different source materials including Frank Millers iconic Dark Knight Returns but brings some new elements to the table. In the wake of the destruction of Metropolis at the hands of Superman and General Zod, Bruce Wayne and others look for the Kryptonian to answer for his crimes. Controlling the strings is Lex Luthor who looks to pit the two caped heroes against each other for unknown ends.
Just like Man Of Steel this is a film that will appeal to fans not critics. There are many illogical plot points, too many winks at the camera and some deep cut references for DC fan boys. The film teeters on the absurd and in working to build the film to its epic proportions some scenes fall into melodrama, the soap opera looks of Henry Cavill, pouty emo Ben Affleck and insane Jesse Eisenberg (and Amy Adams) do nothing to suggest Shakespearean class or Oscar buzz. The enjoyment of Batman Vs Superman will depend entirely on mindset and willingness to suspend disbelief.
Aesthetically the film is pure Zack Snyder, colour washes, slow motion and dramatic stare downs dominating the slick style that feels like it stepped straight from the panel to the screen. More visually interesting than Man Of Steel, Dawn Of Justice dark tones set up the look that DC will follow with future films, a choice that will set it apart from Marvel’s brighter, clean style. Snyder has also brought some of the negatives from films like Suckerpunch where scenes failed to blend and become separate jarring statements rather than a cohesive plot.
Batman Vs Superman stands as a stumbling start to the DC film universe but a film that looks to set up future films in the quickest way possible. Batman and Wonder Woman are well realised and the action carries the film through but this won’t be the perfect response many DC fans were hoping for against the supreme dominance of Marvel since 2008.