Well here it is (in BvS Batman’s voice). I’ve seen this two times and i feel i’ve been able to process what happened in the movie and my feelings enough to put in down in text form. So straight to the point this will be my feelings on the movie and most important my feelings on the INFAMOUS MARTHA SCENE lol. Lets go…
To begin, lets get my thoughts on newly introduced characters out of the way…
Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne: He has done a great job bringing the classic comic/animated series batman to life….unlike with the TDK trilogy. His animated facial expressions, the classic suit, awesome action scenes and performance as Bruce Wayne were just top notch. I enjoyed that i didn’t see him and feel like i’m watching Ben Affleck playing Batman, because he actually gets lost in the character. Just wish his introduction as Batman could have been in a slightly better movie.
Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor: His demeanor is borderline Joker/Riddler. He isn’t the cold hard calculated Lex that we’ve come to hate/love in the past. As Kevin Smith said in his review, i would have even taken the character type he played in The Social Network as Lex, but this erratic behavior and unexplained descent into madness doesn’t fit the character. Bad casting choice, Not the actor’s fault in this case.
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince: I personally feel that i need more time for her to grow on me. Action scenes were good and visually she pulls off the part of this version of Wonder Woman, but she doesn’t have that Strong, Amazonian presence that you expect from this character. Now if she was Catwoman, she would fit PERFECTLY! She needs to work on her vocal expression of emotion because her words just don’t project the strength of the WW, but she had few words, so things can change. Not bad though. I wish we could have gotten more time with Diana through the movie, instead of only seeing her when she crosses paths with Batman or Superman. Is what it is though.
Story: The film has beautiful visuals and tone, but the story is lacking. As is the case with Man of Steel before it, The entire movie feels like a rushed experience which clears the most important bits of the source material in an almost checklist like fashion, while sending you on the fastest track to the Justice League films as possible. Not only that, but it’s full of holes and missed opportunities for greatness. It’s not all bad, you can see where this movie could have been great. Like the foundation was set, but there wasn’t enough time, so they cut corners, and set scenes into motion with no set up or motive from the characters. Sometimes making the transition between scenes feel jarring, like you walked away and missed an important bit of the film…..only, it was never there to begin with lol.
Characters lacked Depth: We never truly get to get into the heads of any of the film’s characters to truly learn about their personality and establish some sort of connection with the on-screen character or Understand their motives in the film, which leaves people walking out of the movie with a question mark in their heads. Sure there is a basic explanation for most, but we don’t truly get to understand Lex Luthor’s logic behind his crazy decisions, Batman’s Hate for Superman which fuels the battle or his reasoning for calling a truce. It’s all because it trades dialogue and character depth for action scenes, which was a fail. This isn’t Transformers. Batman and Superman…even Lex Luthor deserve better than this.
Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash Reveal: It felt half assed. The movie fails to even explain how Lex even found them or even discovered their existence. It’s just here they are….On Lex’s computer, With their Character logos and all lol. How did he find them? Why did he find them? Who knows? And what was up with Aquaman? He didn’t move like someone that lives under water. He truly did look very slow and uncomfortable. Regardless, They could have gone about this a different way. Why not have the dream sequence/premonition or whatever lead Batman to find the other members of the JL? Or maybe he realizes that after the death of Superman, if something like a Doomsday ever happens again, he would be completely outmatched, so he finds reinforcements using his skills as worlds best detective. SOMETHING!! lol.
The Infamous “Martha” Scene: I have no issue with it, because it’s not what people are making it out to be. Batman giving up and befriending Superman simply because their moms share first names? NAH. Think deeper. Batman is completely shocked and broken out of his rage from hearing his mother’s name, and it makes him think about the fact that Superman/Clark isn’t some alien death Machine like Doomsday that he needs to exterminate. He’s a person with parents, just like him. And his rage not only almost led to him killing someone that didn’t deserve it only because of the possibility of him being a threat in the future, but might lead to Clark’s Martha being murdered by thugs in the same way his Mom was (along with his Dad). So the reason for Bruce’s promise to Clark that he wouldn’t let his mother die, was because he saw this as a SECOND CHANCE to do what he couldn’t as a child, and SAVE MARTHA! It’s Symbolic people.
Now if the movie wasn’t being rushed, maybe Bruce’s epiphany could have been explained in film and wouldn’t have caused so much ignorant backlash.
FINAL THOUGHTS: The movie is visually beautiful, full of amazing action scenes (that were spoiled by the trailers) and features the best live action Batman yet, but once the dust clears, it’s a mess. Is it as bad as the critic reviews? HELL NO. But it’s terribly flawed and Unless this Ultimate Cut of the movie coming in may can fix the issues of the original (which i doubt…), I think Zack Snyder needs to be let go. His visions for this films are beautiful, but are forgettable and broken to a very high degree. I don’t want these issues to be pushed over to Justice League or any other DC movie. It’s time to let someone else take over and do this right. I’m just happy that he isn’t involved with the Solo Batman, because i would be scared for that too right about now.
We need to start a #SaveTheJusticeLeague movement to get him out Lol. Just jokes. Those are my impressions on impressions on the points of the film i thought were most important at the time of this post lol. Hope you like it (if you did pls share and maybe follow :). If you didn’t…welp lol.