One of the greatest debates of all time, has, and always will be, who would win in a fight, *Insert iconic name here* and Batman. More times than not, the answer are Batman, because he is Batman. But the greatest of these arguments has always been what if the iconic name being inserted was Superman. The last son of Krypton. Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap a building in a single bound. Is it possible, for The Batman, a man with no powers, to defeat Superman? I have always said yes. There would be a way. And now, we finally, for the first time, see these two iconic heroes on screen together. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice has arrived, and is here to answer the debate once and for all.
Plagued with hatred from fans from not only the polarizing ending of Man of Steel, but for the casting of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Gal Godat as Wonder Woman, and most notably Ben Affleck as Batman, BvS has had its share of haters. Most unwarranted, seeing as none of these haters had seen the film. Disagreeing with casting is one thing, but declaring the film would be terrible because of it is another. I have disagreed with the casting of Gal Godat since the beginning, but I went into this film tonight in the hopes that she would prove me wrong. And did she? We will find out soon enough.
Batman v. Superman follows the events of Man of Steel. Fearing the actions of a Superman left unchecked, Batman takes on the man of steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. With Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) fighting each other, a new threat, is created by Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg). It’s up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences along with Wonder Woman (Gal Godat) to stop Luthor from unleashing certain doom across Metropolis, and the world. The film is directed by Zach Snyder and also stars Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Holly Hunter, and Jeremy Irons as Alfred.
I went in to BvS with high hopes, checking my reservations on Godat and Eisenberg at the door. And right of the bat, pun intended, I was bored as hell. The entire first hour is GAH-BAGE! It drags, and has the choppiest editing I have ever seen. We open up with the Wayne’s dying, again, and damnit, I get it, The Wayne’s died! We go into a world building scene that really did work building on the finale of Man of Steel. And that was cool, it was, but then it’s gets choppy, and has no pacing what so ever.
Zach Snyder over uses his slow motion early on, completely takes me out of the film. While they take the time to try and build the relationship between Lois and Clark, it has no heart to it. I don’t care about their relationship. Maybe it is because I just don’t like Amy Adams as Lois Lane. On the other hand, there a little sprinkle of Godat’s Wonder Woman that was done well, and the relationship between Wayne and Alfred. But no other chemistry hits.
The story itself is all over the place. It makes no sense at times, and jumps into Amazing Spider-Man ish of set ups. Some that were pretty cool, but had you scratching your head like Hot Thor Time Machine from Age of Ultron. There are plot points that seem to happen, just because, and have no real reason, or explanation.
It is not all bad however. Like I said, Batman is freaking awesome. Ben Affleck is freaking incredible and looks badass as The Bat. He is on point as Bruce Wayne, and insane as Batman. When he is not on screen I found myself waiting for him to be back. Jeremy Irons is as good as the new Alfred. Definitely a new take on the character and it works. Batman legit is a different character then we are used to. Because Batman legit murders some fools. Yes they deserve it, but he just killing folks.
I even liked Eisenberg as Luthor. He is a little out there, he is not so Gene Hackman genius mastermind Luthor, little more of “I’m crazy let’s be a bad guy” And it works a little, and perhaps it will grow into a great character. Gal Gadot is functional. They used her great, and her intro was awesome. I still don’t think she can carry her own film.
I also feel the score, was God awful. The only buts of music I enjoyed were the small samples of the Man of Steel theme, and Wonder Woman’s theme. And if you disliked all the destruction in Man of Steel, I am pretty sure Snyder is giving you the finger in this. All in all, the film needs a lot of work. Maybe the extra 30 minutes of R rated footage will improve it. However what this movie did do right is give us the best Batman I have ever seen, even if he doesn’t care about the lives of the bad guys. I’m giving it a score of 2.1 with a .4 bonus for Batman. That gives us a Jeebus Score of 2.5. But what say you Jackass Nation? What are your thoughts? Who is your favorite Batman? Sound off in the comments below, and remember, It Is What It Is!
The Jeebus Score explained
The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Entertainment Value, Story/Writing, Performance, Direction, and Casting. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6.5 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.