Have you ever wondered who would win in a fight, Batman or Superman? It's a concept that has been a part of storylines in the comics and various animated versions. Now, for the first time, the two heroes face off in live-action in “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice”.
The movie hits the ground running with action and story. As the previews have said, this version introduces us to Bruce Wayne, who has already been Batman for some time now. They don't spend much time on his back story because they don't need too. The combination of the writing and Ben Affleck's compelling portrayal of the Dark Knight give us a great sense of his life experience as Batman. You believe that everything he is doing is what he believes is for the greater good.
Henry Cavill reprises his role as Clark Kent/Superman. The movie's conflict begins with the aftermath of the battle in Metropolis that takes place at the end of “Man of Steel”. The effort to make these big screen characters more realistic gives a very interesting layer to the story. The world may be grateful that he stopped an attack, but that doesn't mean they don't still have to deal with the destruction caused by the fight, and that Zod only came to Earth because Superman was here. Cavill plays the role so well. This could be one of the best on screen portrayals of the struggle to be both Clark and Superman.
The story goes far beyond these title characters. After a few LexCorp Easter Eggs hidden in “Man of Steel”, “BvS: DoJ” introduces us to millionaire Lex Luthor. Jessie Eisenberg gives a surprising performance as the classic Superman villain. Calling it surprising doesn't mean he is not a good actor. He just wasn't necessarily someone that would have come to many people's minds when the think of casting this iconic character. If anyone is still doubting the decision when they go to the theater, he will prove them wrong. Running with a concept somewhat similar to Lex from the “Smallville” TV series, they start to give you a reason that he is the way he is. He is even well liked by many people for his “good work” in Metropolis. Eisenberg gives us someone who is not just a villain, but a character we want to learn more about.
Amy Adams returns as Lois Lane. Adams version of Lois is a combination of some of the best character traits of previous incarnations of the reporter. She still manages to find herself in trouble as a result of her “dive in head first” attitude, but she does not just wait around for Superman to show up. Sure, he still saves her on the occasion she gets in over her head, but often enough she is the one that saves herself and even rescues others along the way. She gives a good balance of needing help, but not being helpless. When Amy Adams first appeared in the “Man Of Steel” trailers, several fans were pretty upset that Lois had red hair instead of the traditional black hair the reporter has had most of the time before. It seems to speak well of her acting ability if the only complaint that many had was her hair color. It will be interesting to see what role Lois has in the Justice League movies.
There is a strong supporting cast in the film as well. Alfred is portrayed by Jeremy Irons. He may not be main character, but he gives a great performance as the famous butler. You believe that not only is he a loyal butler, but more importantly, a loyal friend and mentor to Bruce. As you know, Batman and Superman are not the only heroes to appear in the movie. Gal Gadot delivers the first big screen appearance of the Amazonian warrior princess, Wonder Woman. She is not a main character in the story but gives a strong performance to make us look forward to more to come.
This movie is full of Easter Eggs. Some are subtle, and some may as well be labeled “This is what we are going to do next”. Either way, it could be hard to wait until next year to see the “Justice League”.
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