DC comic’s two icons Square off and Wonder Woman comes out shining in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice!
Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) directs the biggest battle in DC comic movie history between Superman (Henry Cavill) and Batman (Ben Affleck). Snyder also brings back the cast that lived through “Man of Steel” (Amy Adams, Diane Lane and Lawrence Fishburne) and a couple that didn’t (Kevin Costner and Michael Shannon). Dawn of Justice also marks the arrival of Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and cameos of future Justice League members the Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher).
Dawn of Justice begins with a quick origin story of Batman with the execution of Thomas (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Martha Wayne(Lauren Cohen) in front of their son. Bruce, left to be raised by his butler Alfred Pennyworth (Jeremy Irons). Bruce would grow to become a billionaire business man and playboy by day and crime fighting vigilante by night.
Bruce was in Metropolis during the attack by General Zod and managed to save a few people as the Wayne Enterprises building collapsed as Superman fought Zod. The lasting image of Wayne holding a child orphaned in the fight, scowling at the sky. Batman would continue his 20 year campaign on crime in Gotham City, but time and the death of his sidekick Robin (you see the uniform in the Bat Cave with the saying “The Jokes on You!”) has changed him. Batman is now branding criminals with the bat logo when he captures them.
The “Bat vigilante” is being notice by Clark Kent, a reporter at the Daily Planet across the bay in Metropolis. Perry White (Fishburne), editor for the Planet tells Clark to stick to sorts because no one cares about Gotham. It is 2 years after Zod and Clark is living with Lois Lane (Adams) and his alter ego is coming under fire by the government and protestors for deaths resulting from his actions. Superman meets with a congressional committee on meta-humans (super heroes), only to have a survivor of the battle with Zod in a wheelchair given to him by Lex Luthor, blow up the capital leaving Superman the sole survivor
Bruce Wayne sees this and begins to have visions of a future world controlled by an alien (Superman) that goes unchecked except for a gun toting Batman. So Bruce begins to work out and develop armor to battle Superman. Wayne is also investigating a criminal known as the “white portuguese” that turns out to be Lex Luthor. Wayne runs into Clark Kent at Lex’s party when he is asked about the Bat vigilnte and Bruce responds by trashing Superman. Wayne isnt the only one tracking Luthor, Diana Prince (Gadot) is search for a photo in Lex’s possesion.
Luthor is smuggling in a meteor fragment known as kryptonite into the US that he wants to develop into a weapon to kill Superman. Too bad for Lex that Batman also wants the ore and steals it from Luthor. Batman develops a gas grenade and fashions a spear out of the kryptonite then head to the showdown with Superman.
The slobber-knocker happens wih each DC icon getting in his shots. But there is a greater evil out there that will require them to unite and even take in another hero from the Amazon, Wonder Woman!
I’m not giving away any spoilers that haven’t been seen on the TV trailers, but there is a lot more to Dawn of Justice. I will say, I am a huge Batman fan and I love Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Bruce Wayne. That being said I was disappointed in his Bat Man. The bug thing I can’t shake is Snyder has Bat man using a gun. Batman is a detective known for his bat gadgets, not guns.
Dawn of Justice also has issues with too much music that takes away from what would be a great story. There are numerous dream sequences that will confuse the average movie goer and annoy most die-hard fans. On the positive, Wonder Woman is AWESOME! Dawn of Justice is a great springboard for the new Wonder Woman movie and actually introduces the Justice League with cameos of Aquaman (Mamoa), Cyborg (Parks) and the Flash (Miller) that we see in a file in Lex Luthor’s computer.
The Batman fan in me forces me to tell you to find the bat signal and race to the theater asap and catch Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (at a discount matinee).
Rating : 4/6