The long anticipated battle of Batman v. Superman does not disappoint.
It’s worth mentioning that Batman v. Superman is not the same kind of movie one is used to seeing in the MCU. If you’re expecting the light, non-complicated plots with non-stop fight/action scenes that one’s come to expect from watching Marvel movies, you may be disappointed with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (The Extended Version). Even though the majority of critics didn’t like the movie, I strongly disagree with those who trashed it.
Batman v. Superman not only brings back Kal-El from Man Of Steel, but also introduces us to Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince. The characters, except for Batman, were given a much-needed upgrade. Superman isn’t the same one we’re used to seeing—the boy-scout who’s capable of saving everyone at any given time. Even though this is fiction, we’re faced with the reality that someone who’s as powerful as Kal-El can still make mistakes. As a result—casualties will happen under his watch.
For those who have limited knowledge of Batman and Superman, it’s expected that they’d be asking the following questions: Can Batman actually beat Superman? or Is Batman stronger than Superman? Those who know Batman know that he could defeat almost anyone as long as he takes the time to prepare, even though he is not physically stronger than Kal-El. Batman v. Superman does a very good job showing this to the audience.
The beginning of the movie shows the cataclysmic battle between Kal-El and General Zod over Metropolis. The only difference is the audience gets to see it from Bruce Wayne’s point of view—where he’s rushing to one of his office towers to save as many of his employees as he could. He blames Superman for the destruction to the city and for many lives that were lost, maimed, or ruined as a result of Kal-El not making a better effort to take the fight away from the city in order to minimize any collateral damage.
There’s also the human aspect of Kal-El he has developed from being raised by his Earth parent, Jonathan and Martha Kent. When a major terrorist bomb rocks the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC,—killing all members of the U.S. Senate Committee, Superman confesses his guilt to Lois Lane for not having spotted the IED, even though it was only a few feet away from where he stood. This is a rare occasion where we see a Superman whose flaws extend beyond his exposure to kryptonite.
The conflicts that Superman faced weren’t only personal, but were also political—as some politicians used his failures (from the previous movie) against him in order to score political points. As mentioned earlier, Bruce Wayne was also psychologically impacted Bruce Wayne. Compounded with his fragile state after what was referenced to be the death of an ally after his latest skirmish with The Joker, Bruce Wayne saw Superman more of a threat than an ally. Despite his anger towards the Kryptonian, he didn’t allow it to distract him from being the excellent detective that he is.
With all the hype surrounding Batman v. Superman, I was glad that there was still room for Lois Lane, who played an essential role with regards to the plot development by being the fearless investigative reporter we’ve always loved.
I’ve always stated that villains always make or break a movie, and Lex Luthor was not only an excellent antagonist, but the best Lex Luthor we’ve seen yet. All I can say is that it takes a real sociopath to pull off the things he did.
However the most exciting moment of the film (And I actually screamed out: YES) was when Wonder Woman made her grand entrance. Her presence as Diana Prince during most of the film was kept to a minimal—maintaining the mystery of her character so as not to take away from Batman and Superman, yet introducing her with a bang at the right moment. Her most memorable quote: “I’ve killed beings from other worlds,” as she responded to Superman while staring down Doomsday, demonstrated that she was a much more experienced fighter than both Superman and Batman. As an added touch, I loved that she spoke with a foreign accent—reminding us that immigrants can also be superheroes.
Russell Brooks is an Amazon Bestselling Author of four suspense thrillers.