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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Screw the Fan boys!

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.

300 Rise of an Empire

Full disclosure, I was late to the 300 game. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even see it till a few days ago. Rise of an Empire ups the game a bit but also is missing some of the spark that made 300 so epic. This go around Zach Snyder wrote and produced while Noam Murro directs. Returning to this epic world is Lena Headey as Queen Gorgo of Sparta, and Rodrigo Santoro as the God King Xerxes. New comers include Sullivan Stapleton as our lead warrior Themistocles, and Eva Green as very vicious Artemisia.

300 Rise of an Empire! The much anticipated sequel to Zach Snyder’s 2007 300! The story is unique in the fact that it’s not necessarily a true sequel, the beginning of the film is a prequel, the middle of the film takes place the same time as 300 is, and the final act takes place after 300 ends. Our story follows Themistocles the Athenian warrior as he leads his troops through a battle to unite all of Greece against the Persian Empire. Standing against him is the viciously evil Artemisia, Commander of the Persian Navy.  Based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel “Xerxes” Rise of an Empire focuses more on the Athenian Army, while great warriors in their own way they lack the raw badassness that we got with the Spartans in 300. They aren’t out to die defending their country, they’d rather live, which does give you a more personal connection to the characters. However other than Themistocles and Artemisia there isn’t much background or character development.

300 changed the game when it came to visual effects in film, and Rise of an Empire is definitely on par. Visually stunning and graphic as all hell, Rise of an Empire ups the ante. The gore is even more over the top, which sometimes can be a bad thing in film, but works well in the 300 universe. There are times that you can notice the green screen, and the think to yourself, why can I see that there’s a green screen on this multi-million dollar production???? But moments later someone’s head is chopped off and you are back into the film. Now I’m not one for 3D film. When giving the choice I choose to stay away from the 3d, and see the traditional 2D. However I was forced to see the IMAX 3D version of Rise of an Empire and I will say that if you opting for the 3D viewing of the film, IMAX is the way to go. All though you can be taken out of the film by the large amount of 3D ash flying around ALL movie long, it’s still pretty stunning.

All in all, 300 Rise of an Empire is a badass film. Not the Oscar winning film my buddy Bluem thinks it was, but still a fun film to watch. I gave is Jeebus score of 3.6 with a .4 bonus for a topless Eva Green(yes topless, amazing scene) for a total score of 4, A Good time at the Theater!