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BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

PHtJFMIdDG1mxu_1_lGod vs Man.  Day vs Night.  Son of Krypton vs Bat of Gotham.

The wait has finally ended!  “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” finally brings the two DC Universe giants to the big screen!  The film begins with Bruce Wayne furiously driving through Metropolis, as he is witnessing the carnage Superman is causing to the city.  He frantically tries to get his best friend and employees out of the Wayne Financial Building before it’s destroyed.  Unfortunately, he is too late, as the building comes crashing down, due to the mayhem Superman caused.  Flash-forward 18 months.  Bruce is looking to find a certain item that may give him the upper hand once and for all.  He soon discovers that the item he’s looking for is about to fall into the hands of Alexander Luthor and LexCorp.  He attends a party there, where he meets Clark Kent as well as Diana Prince; he uses the time to sneak downstairs to break into Lex’s network to find the information he needs.  After he does, he finds a way to break-in and steal the piece of kryptonite, leaving behind his trademark calling card: a batarang.  Thinking Superman must be destroyed, Batman lures him into a trap.  With the chance to end his life, Batman then realizes Superman is not his true foe.  The rest of the film follows the two heroes as they must team-up to stop their true enemy.

Ben Affleck debuts in the DC Cinematic Universe as the newest Bruce Wayne/Batman.  Affleck is perfect as an older and battle-tested Bruce Wayne and I cannot wait to see him reprise his role!  Henry Cavill returns as the Man of Steel, only this time with a shared-focus on him.  Cavill continues to prove he is not only a worth Superman, but one of the best!  Amy Adams returns as the fearless Lois Lane, Clark’s love interest and reporter for the Daily Planet.  Jesse Eisenberg joins the DC Universe as Alexander “Lex” Luthor, the CEO of LexCorp.  While many, including myself, were apprehensive with his casting; he absolutely nails it as he is both witty, smug, and maniacal.  Diane Lane reprises her role as Clark’s mother, Martha.  Laurence Fishburne returns as the head of the Daily Planet, Perry White.  Jeremy Irons joins the group as Bruce Wayne’s ever-famous butler, Alfred Pennyworth.  Holly Hunter plays a U.S Senator from Kentucky, hell-bent on holding Superman accountable for his actions, June Finch.  Gal Gadot welcomes herself to the DC Cinematic Universe as Diana Prince, better known as Wonder Woman.  Gadot is phenomenal as the Amazonian warrior and I certainly cannot wait for her solo film!  Tao Okamoto plays Lex’s assistant, Mercy Graves.  Scoot McNairy, Callan Mulvey, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Lauren Cohan have small roles as-well.  Returning for brief appearances from “Man of Steel” are: Harry Lennix, Michael Shannon, and Kevin Costner.

Since it’s been announced, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” has been on everybody’s radar.  While “Man of Steel” wasn’t exactly the start Warner Bros was looking for, they were hoping the follow-up film would put the fans’ minds at-ease.  While “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” isn’t the critical success they were hoping for, it is a much-improved sequel and has laid the foundation beautifully for the future!  Let’s start with the casting choices.  Anyone who doubted Ben Affleck will be sorry, as he is an excellent choice but physically and aesthetically; I truly can’t wait to see him don the cowl again!  Gal Gadot is not only beautiful, but she is full-blown badass as Wonder Woman!  Jesse Eisenberg has completely silenced his critics as Lex Luthor, as he Dawn-Of-Justice-1balances the fine line of his cockiness with his maniacal ideas.  While many critics have already spoken-out against the film, make no mistake that this is a film for the fans.  Zack Snyder was given the impossible task to please everybody.  A lot of complaints have been made about the film’s story, but “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” has a very large story to tell.  Often splitting-time between Batman and Superman, there are plenty of other characters and storylines to introduce, such as: the death of Bruce’s parents, Bruce’s cause of hatred for Superman, LexCorp’s true intentions and future plans, and not to mention the early incarnation of a group of meta-humans.  Add this to the film’s main storyline and you have a huge film.  Snyder has come-out saying that there will be a 3 hour Director’s cut and I can certainly see why.  I was surprised how dark and morose the film’s tone was as well; this is not a superhero movie for kids.  I also enjoyed the way they introduced their future characters; I will not say who or what is seen to avoid spoilers, but the future of the DC Cinematic Universe is extremely bright!  “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” also takes a huge risk (you’ll have to see to find out), but it works extremely well; bravo Zack!  The film’s score (a combination of Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL) is intense and in-your-face, which fits perfectly with the tone.  While I definitely enjoyed “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”, there were still issues throughout.  One of the biggest issues I had was how they handled Batman’s crime fighting.  As many

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critics have already come forward in protest, Batman does not use guns and he certainly doesn’t kill the bad guys!  The film is titled “Batman v Superman”, but the fights are mostly anti-climactic and barely consume any of the film’s long runtime.  And while I defended it earlier, the story is a little too bloated but, as I said, fans will be happy.  The film’s final battle has one of the coolest scenes in the movie (spoiled by the trailers unfortunately), but the rest of it is just carnage and mayhem that seems a little over-the-top.  “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” has a very long run time of 151 minutes, but it seldom drags as it has a very big story to tell.  “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” has been mostly ripped-apart by critics, which is unfair.  Sure the film has its issues, but at its core it is an entertaining, no-holds-barred, comic book movie.  We should all be thankful that Warner Bros is going in their own direction with the DC Cinematic Universe and it all starts this weekend!

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” kicks-off the DC Cinematic Universe with a bang; pitting Batman and Superman against each other until they realize they must come-together to stop their true enemy.  The film features plenty of comic book lore, a very heavy story, and the introduction of many staples in the DC Universe.  If you are heading to the movies this weekend, go see “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and form your own opinion!

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BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action throughout, and some sensuality, in theaters Friday!

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