Title: Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice
Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Release Date: 23. March 2016
Text: Yeonwoo Baik
To be honest, I did not expect much from this film before I watched it. The action scenes and visual effects would be great because we are living in the year of 2016, but I thought that those kinds of things would be all there was to this film, a superhero film with quite a childish title (“vs”) that brings two superheroes together. And surely, the action scenes and visual effects are fantastic—I do not think that those who look for spectacles will be disappointed by this film. A lot of high quality action scenes. But it would be quite disrespectful of me to talk only about the action because there are many more things that make this film quite a well-made one.
I heard that there was a lot of discontent among the fans of Batman and Superman about the casting. Fold and throw away the doubts! The acting of the main characters is all spectacular. Ben Affleck, too much of a guy next door? Jesse Eisenberg, too much of a boy? Gal Gadot, too much of a princess? Well, at first sight they might seem so(I have not read the original Superman comics and only after I Googled the image of Lex Luthor did I understand that the initial skepticism about Jesse Eisenberg was quite a reasonable one). However, as they act their ways through the film they perfectly become one with the characters they are playing. They breathe a new kind of life into the characters and succeed in convincing the viewers. Ben Affleck and Jesse Eisenberg are definitely two of the best elements of the film.
And we cannot talk about this film without mentioning the music created by Junkie XL and Hans Zimmer. The music makes all the elements of the film feel several times more epic than they might have been without it. There are some scenes that were intended to be grand but ended up looking childish and preposterous, and it is the music that comes along with those scenes that saves them. Indeed, the music completes this film.
Some people might be worried about the plot. I know a number of people become quite lax about poorly composed plots when it comes to action and superhero films and do not really care about them. <Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice> actually has quite a nice plot and carries it well through the film though. If you agree with the idea that films of different genres should be met with different expectations and focuses, you will not be distracted by a serious lack of reason in the plot while watching this film. Rather, you will be drawn more into the world and the logic of the film thanks to the plot which is neither too complicated nor too sloppy—just the right balance for a superhero action film. The Good-versus-Evil or what-is-justice kind of questions and spirit still feel quite naive and childish, but without that spirit there is no reason for our superheroes to be created, so let’s just leave it be.
I understand that many people might be skeptical towards the idea of bringing Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman all together in one film. Actually I felt that the film was going too far when it introduced Wonder Woman, but she blends into the plot as smoothly as she can. The director and the writers really tried hard to make sense, and it seems to be somehow working.
If you happen to be a person who is not that much into all these superhero things, there definitely are a lot of funny scenes that were actually meant to be serious. However, I would like to tell you that it is helpful to keep your expectations low and forget about adult logic for the two and a half hours. Think of this as a fairy tale. You would certainly not expect a <Spotlight> from a fairy tale, would you? As long as you are aware of the fact that this is a superhero action film where some degree of childishness is allowed, you will enjoy the film.