It looks like in just a few more days, DC Comics and Warner Bros. will be releasing their latest superhero flick, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Sure, it’s ridiculously long, it definitely doesn’t roll of the tongue and I have tons of issues against the stupid name. But, besides that problem, the film does have a lot going for it. First, it’s a comic book movie and, since superhero flicks have been experiencing a kind of renaissance as of late, I’m guessing Warner Bros. and Hollywood are totally behind the film. Second, it has the two biggest superheroes in the DC Comics universe and, probably the most popular ones that have stood the test of time, Batman and Superman. There are a lot more reasons why I should think this should be a good movie.
And yet, here I am, only a few days away from the release of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice in cinemas all around the world, deciding if I should actually go watch it on the first day. Yes, here I am, a geek who loves comic books and superheroes seriously considering not watching Batman and Superman duke it out on the big screen.
How the heck did this happen? Well, I guess this is the culmination of several factors that’s happened even before the film was announced. In fact, there are some events that’s happened before DC Comics and Warner Bros. decided to create the DC Movie Universe that’s making me second guess if Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice will be any good.
I guess it all started with the Marvel movies. After all, they’re the ones that got the ball rolling when it came to making superhero movies popular today. Marvel definitely set the currently incredible standards moviegoers are expecting whenever they go see a superhero movie. They expect a lot of action, some comedy elements and really great and fleshed out characters. This is why we love to see the smart mouth Tony Stark, the naive man-out-of-time Steve Rogers and the arrogant Norse God of Thunder Thor. Heck, Marvel’s gotten so good at making great characters, we all fell in love with a gun-totting raccoon and his humanoid tree that only has a vocabulary of three/four words!
Yet, somehow with the live-action superhero movies based on DC characters, Warner Bros. struggles with developing characters with, you know, actual personalities. We do get some exceptions to the rule. I mean, who could forget Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight. But the main reason why he stands out is partially because he’s so different from the other characters in a lot of the new DC movies. What makes him different? Well, he’s the only one not brooding throughout the entire film! The Joker is actually the only one who’s actually happy. Sure, it’s a demented kind of joy but he’s still happy!
Also, we have the entire start of the entire DC movie universe, Man of Steel. Simply put, I didn’t really care for the movie. It’s not like I hated the movie, nor could I say I liked it a whole lot. I’m pretty indifferent to Man of Steel. There were some good scenes, like when Superman flew for the first time and the fight scenes were pretty good. But there were a lot of moments that just didn’t feel good, such as when Superman took down the World Engine in the Indian Ocean and how Lois Lane boarded the Kryptonian ship in the Arctic. Overall, I was rather underwhelmed by Man of Steel. As Batman v. Superman is going to continue where Man of Steel left off and it does seem like it’s going to follow the tone of it’s predecessor, I think I’m going to be underwhelmed by it as well.
But the biggest reason would be the trailers. Yes, last week I wrote about how Marvel makes really fantastic trailers that gets viewers all hyped for their next movie. Well, the first two trailers for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice weren’t all that good! The earlier trailers just reveals a whole lot of plot points, such as revealing Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman will be joining forces with the duo and fight against something. Possibly Clayface… I mean, Doomsday.
Well, that kinda throws away the idea that Batman is going to pick a fight with Superman, right? Oh, they’re going to fight for a while but, after some time, they’ll realize they should team up, blah blah blah. I mean, comic book fans know they’re going to make up and team up against something bigger than the both of them. That’s how most crossovers work, after all. But we don’t want to be told outright!
The early trailers also made the film look really slow. The conversation between Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne in the trailer should’ve been awesome but… it was just too long! It clocks in at roughly a minute long and, considering the trailer is three minutes long, that entire bit was one-third of the trailer! More time should’ve been devoted to showing off the other characters. Show off Lex Luthor and how big Lexcorp is. Show the contrast between Metropolis and Gotham and how their superheroes influenced how the city grew! Heck, show Wonder Woman and hint at how she actually fits into the entire thing!
Throughout the course or writing this piece, I’ve come to the decision that I will still be watching Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice on the first day. I just have the sinking feeling that, by the time I’ve watched the entire 2 hour and 30 minute film (yes, it’s that long), I’ll walk out just a little unimpressed. Even though I’m going to get up early to watch it when the cinemas open, I can’t side with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice wholeheartedly.
How are you feeling about Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice? Are you excited or are you indifferent to it? Let me know in the comments section below!