THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS
I have been given the honor of writing our very first review here at Nerds with Mics. What is surely to be one of the biggest movies of 2016 and a firm staple in the world of nerd culture, I went to see Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Before seeing the movie I decided to read some reviews online like I always do, and I noticed there was a very common theme: most of them were negative reviews. Regardless, I always go into a movie with no expectations and make a judgement on my own. The movie starts off by reminding us how Bruce Wayne’s parents were killed and then finding a boy falling into a well where he finds his love for bats. At first I thought to myself how stupid is this, because we all know how Bruce Wayne becomes Batman and what drives him to fight crime. The reason for this is made clear with the scene that follows, because it then shows why Batman grows to hate Superman because of the events that took place in Metropolis during the last movie, Man of Steel. The way the two stories were tied together worked really well (Wayne Enterprising being destroyed, killing hundreds of people during the fight between Superman and General Zod).
After they caught everyone up on what Batman and Superman have been doing for the last 2 years, I was ready for the action to get underway. There were simply no surprises for me in this movie at all. The story during the middle just seemed to be all over the place and jumping in many directions. Jessie Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor seems to be played differently than in previous movies. At first I hated, hated, HATED the way this character was being portrayed but by the end of the movie, I felt like he had grown on me (after his last scene in the movie). Superman is fun to watch and Henry Cavill does an excellent job with this role once again. The one performance I was most impressed by and unexpectedly so, was Ben Affleck’s Batman. I feel that for the first time I’ve seen a character that is Bruce Wayne and Batman. In past Batman movies going all the way back to Michael Keaton, I’ve always thought whoever played Batman was either a really good Bruce Wayne or a really good Batman, but never both. Ben Affleck in my opinion is one of the best parts about this movie and it makes me want a standalone Batman movie starring Ben Affleck.
When I think about this movie, in a lot of ways in reminds me of what happened with Spider-Man 3. The movie features too many characters, similar to Spider-Man 3 (Superman, Batman, Lex Luthor, Wonder Woman, Lois Lane, Doomsday). With so many characters to focus on, the story loses a sense of purpose. With a weak script but a strong performance from two main stars, it left me with mixed feelings about the movie as a whole. The fight scene between Batman and Superman for me was the highlight of the movie and the downside was the Doomsday fight. I honestly feel like that movie would have been 10 times better to leave out Wonder Woman and Doomsday and just focused solo on Batman and Superman. If they wanted to have Doomsday in it then they should have lead up to the end with him and saved him for the next film. I would say Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is good but not great. Makes me wonder how much different this movie could have been if Christopher Nolan would have been heavily involved. In a world with Marvel is constantly raising the bar with superhero movies, DC has to find a way to come up with strong scripts and better storytelling for their strongest comic book characters. Oh, and a huge bummer to announce: there is no after credits scenes so don’t waste your time.