Batman v Superman may just be the most divisive comic book movie ever. Yes, it wasn’t perfect and it did have its flaws. But that doesn’t change the fact that this film was a fresh, ambitious take on the superhero genre. Comic book fans and fanboys alike loved the movie. Film critics gave harsh reviews with one even calling it the worst superhero movie of all time. Seriously? Worse than Catwoman and Batman & Robin? It’s constantly emphasized on how Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 28% score. I’ll have you know, Rotten Tomatoes gave Final Destination a 34% score and Sharknado an 82%. Would you really take their scoring system seriously after that?
I’ll admit I felt a bit unbalanced after seeing it the first time – although it was visually stunning on IMAX. It was only after my second viewing when I fully ingested the film. And that’s why I believe this movie needs to be seen at least twice. Why? Because the first would be the “Expectation Viewing” wherein you’d come in expecting to see if it’s what you’d hoped and if there’s anything more to what they’ve already shown in the trailers. The second viewing would be the “Appreciation Viewing” wherein you’d just sit back and absorb the film for what it is.
This post is based on my Appreciation Viewing. Needless to say, spoilers ahead!
7. It Gave Us a Civilian View of the Metropolis Battle
A peak moment that came right after the opening credits, where we find Bruce racing through the streets of Metropolis while Superman and Zod fight overhead. This scene was brilliant and intense as it sets up Batman’s anti-Superman stance for the rest of the movie.
It’s also the film’s way of acknowledging the criticisms of wanton destruction we saw in Man of Steel.
6. They Put the Man in Batman – Say what you will about the film, but you can’t deny Ben Affleck killed it as the Batman. With respect to the previous portrayals, Affleck perfectly embodies the Dark Knight we know from the comics. And that fight scene when he goes to rescue Martha was amazing! – like straight out of the Batman: Arkham games.
5. The Batman v Superman Showdown – Here’s what I’ll say about their highly anticipated fight: It was brutal! I mean damn, Batman beat the crap out of Superman! I’m a fan of Frank Miller‘s The Dark Knight Returns so I already knew Kryptonite would be the only way Batman stood a chance; but I didn’t expect it to go as far as it did. Even in the comics all Batman wanted to do was prove a point, not kill him. I wanted to stand up and scream, “Enough Bruce! He’s had enough!” And that scene when Superman’s powers came back while Batman kept hitting him in the face was too cool.
Was an eight minute fight too short? I don’t think so. This is a realistic take on superheroes and considering the odds, it’s realistic to think the fight was actually longer than Batman hoped it would be.
4. We Witness the Official Set Up of the Imminent Justice League Movie(s)
From the film’s title, we already knew we were going to have some kind of glimpse of the soon-to-be members of the Justice League. But it was only in that scene when Diana Prince opened those LexCorp Metahuman files when it sank in that we were finally going to get a live-action Justice League film.
3. Wonder Woman is a Bad-Ass
Wonder Woman’s entrance was a moment of excitement. I fell in love when Doomsday knocked her down and she just responded with a smile. Gal Gadot did a great job carrying the role and has left us craving for more of the Amazonian warrior.
But personally, I think most praises went to her because her scenes were the only thing the trailers didn’t show. If only the trailers were a bit more discreet i.e. not showing the warehouse Batman fight or not revealing Doomsday, etc. (Yes, I think the trailers showed too much) I believe people would’ve responded differently.
2. Darkseid is Coming!
Casual movie-goers most likely didn’t understand what the hell was going on in the Knightmare Sequence (I don’t blame you, it was a bit surreal). But the geeks knew, and it’s gotten us excited. The Knightmare showed us a ruined wasteland with a massive Omega symbol burned into the ground. We then see winged soldiers, who were undoubtedly parademons, flying about picking off the armed men. It’s an overwhelming scene especially if you understood its implication: Darkseid is coming. Although Darkseid was never actually mentioned in the film, we know that’s where all this is going.
Darkseid is an unstoppable, god-like villain who wants to eliminate free will from the universe. He is basically the Thanos of the Justice League – although DC created Darkseid before Marvel’s Thanos, technically making Thanos the Darkseid of the Avengers.
1. The Birth of the Trinity
We’ve seen it in the promotional images and trailers. We knew Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman were going to fight together. But when the final battle scene began and they stood side by side, ready to fight… I just shook my head and thought: There it is… the Trinity. Been waiting for this my whole life. It was something we comic book geeks thought we’d never see; and when we did, it was nothing short of an epic sight.
BvS is all together a good superhero film. It’s not great, but it’s really good. It’s most certainly different from the kind of superhero movies we all got used to, but it’s also a welcome change – seeing comicbook characters come to life in a realistic point of view. It won’t be a movie for everyone but it will definitely be one for the fans.
But regardless of what critics and fans say, it really comes down to this: When two of the most iconic comic book characters in history finally fight it out on-screen, you simply just have to see it and appreciate it for its effort.