Updated 4/1/16 (see below).
Yesterday was the day Iâ€™d been waiting for with mixed emotions: the premiere of Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Thrilled to once again see my beloved superhero on the big screen; anxious at the possibility of him being relegated to second best by that annoying bat. Donâ€™t get me wrong: I like Batman. I like him a lot. But I love Superman more. I got over initial qualms about Man of SteelÂ nearly threeÂ years ago and ended up loving it. So, this time, despite my mixed feelings, I was excited for the premiere.
Now, having seen the movie, I still have mixed emotions, just different ones.
I donâ€™t know how movie reviewers do write ups without spoiling the whole shebang. To tell you everything I loved and didnâ€™t love (hate is too strong a word) about the movie would give it all away. My intention is to keep this post SPOILER-FREE. It will not, however, be unbiased; Iâ€™ve already told you I love Supes. Youâ€™ve been warned.
All I could say last night after the movie:
So, I realize my â€œverdictâ€ isnâ€™t exactly a raving review, but itâ€™s the best I could come up with at the time. Every moment I lay awake trying to fall asleep and every moment I awoke during the night was consumed with thoughts of the movie. Yes, Iâ€™m a big nerd; weâ€™ve established this already.
Director Zack Snyder is a comic book guy â€¦ meaning he knows his source material. The movie stays true to a couple of major comic book arcs of days gone by. Thatâ€™s good or bad, depending on whether you liked those arcs. Part of my issue last night was I was remembering one of those arcs slightly wrong, which threw me into a silent, sulking tailspin until my tired but geeky brain reconnected the dots correctly.
Hereâ€™s what matters:
Cavill is super again; in fact, heâ€™s even better the second time around. Yes, he can be my Superman.
Affleck does just fine as a crusty old Batman.
Gadot rocks it as Wonder Woman (shut your face, all you â€œtoo skinnyâ€ body shamers).
And, as for Eisenberg as Alexander Luthor: I think heâ€™s the character folks are going to be the most divided over: either loving his portrayal or not. I think he knocked it out of the park. Anybody complaining probably just didnâ€™t like his hair (or simply that he had any), which is about as silly as me hating on Amy Adams for not being a brunette.
The things I worried about going in to the movie:
- That the powers that be would make movie-studio-golden-boy Batman somehow defeat my Superman, thereby answering the age-old question of â€œwho would win in a fightâ€ in Technicolor and 3D for all the world to see.
- That the movie would essentially be another Batman movie, of which weâ€™ve had PLENTY. Canâ€™t my boy get his day in the sun without being overshadowed by batwings?
- That the next generation of fanboys (and girls), i.e., kids, will pick the Bat over the Boy Scout. It seriously bothers me that kids donâ€™t want to be Superman anymore. I know, first world problems.
Those same worries after the movie:
- Without getting too much into it and spoiling the whole thing, Iâ€™ll just say Iâ€™m satisfied with how this played out. Thatâ€™s it; I canâ€™t say any more than that.
- The first 20 minutes is all Batman. Granted, itâ€™s a 2 and Â½ hour movie, but still. Also, Affleck gets top billing. And, of course, itâ€™s Batman vs. Superman, instead of the other way around.
- [Intentionally omitting a response because anything I say will give too much away].
Things I worry about now, having seen the movie:
- There will be MORE Batman movies. More movies where heâ€™s the center of attention. I shouldnâ€™t be hating on any superhero movie potential. And, Iâ€™ll see them all, of course. Itâ€™s just, see the first #3 above.
- Of course, that first one is in direct contradiction to this second worry: That those movie reviewers I mentioned earlier will flex their critical muscles, focusing on negative opinions and scare people off. Basically, that bad reviews will put a damper on, maybe even kill our chances of seeing more of the same and new DC heroes brought to life. I donâ€™t want to have to wait another 30 years to see Supes on the big screen.
- That the average movie-goer, the non-comic-booker, basically the masses, will think that â€¦ or even that â€¦. (yeah, I canâ€™t really share that either, though I bet the comic-booker knows what Iâ€™m not saying).
So, yeah, I need to see it again. And I think everyone should go see it, critics be damned. Come on, folks, donâ€™t kill my Superman.
Update 4/1/16, after second viewing:
So I was finally able to go see the movie for a second time yesterday, and I’m so glad I did. The second time around was infinitely better. Perhaps it was because there were no surprises and the shock had worn off, although I still cried at parts. Nevertheless, it was even better the second time around, and I’d go again in a heartbeat. THAT’S Â why it breaking all the box office records. So, in my best Shawn & Gus sing-songy voice (Psych) to critics and haters: suck it.