Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice does exactly what you would expect from the title and a whole lot more. DC Comics have been around since 1934 generating a massive cult following. Many iconic superheroes have come out of the DC Universe. But Batman and Superman have to be their biggest stars closely followed by Wonder Woman. Fans have always raised the question regarding who would win. Batman or Superman? So when the film was announced at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con the fans went nuts.
As a follow up to the 2013 release Superman: Man of Steel, things looked very positive for this film. Zack Snyder did an amazing job in his fresh reboot of the Superman story with Henry Cavill in the lead role. Snyder's approach took a dark style, backed up with impressive CGI. And it boasted a fantastic cast that included Kevin Costner, Amy Adams, Lawrence Fishburn and the brilliant Michael Shannon.
Batman v Superman picks up where Man of Steel finishes. However this version turns up the darkness factor to eleven right from the start. This film has all of the key cast members back in their roles, but with some excellent additions. Ben Affleck plays an incredibly angry Batman. Jeremy Irons is great as Alfred and in the third part of the film we get to see Gal Gardot get some serious action as Wonder Woman. Top this off with a surprising performance from Jesse Eisenberg, playing a super deviant Lex Luthor, and we surely have a recipe for success – or do we?
Dawn of Justice gives us a hint towards where this film is heading. With the introduction of Wonder Woman it is clear this is the kick off to the Justice League which was released the year after. The movie is set in three parts which all tend to be a little overdone. The introduction is packed full of religious symbolism and death.
The main battles between Batman and Superman seem to extend beyond belief. Full of flaws they lose the viewer repeatedly, so when Wonder Woman appears in the third part it is quite a relief. But don't expect the intensity to drop then. This final part of the movie is packed full of death and the wildest superhero violence you will ever see.
When this movie was released I really was looking forward to seeing it. I was put off a little by the way reviewers were tearing it to pieces. So the first time I watched it, I tried to watch it with an open mind. I have to say it is an incredibly impressive showpiece from Snyder with a solid cast.
However I do have some big problems with this movie. I can't believe just how stretched out it feels. The first part of the movie could have been condensed significantly. Plus the dark comic book feel to Snyder's films generally offers a great authentic comic book style. But the darkness in this film is too much. It is relentless, making the whole experience a tiresome slog that leaves the viewer thoroughly exhausted.
Update: Unfortunately, Batman v Superman is no longer available on Netflix. You can rent it on Amazon but it is not included with the Prime subscription.