10 Spoiler Filled Reasons I Loved Batman vs. Superman
I went to see Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice this past weekend. It was a movie that I have been waiting decade for, as I mentioned last week in a post. It has been lambasted by critics. It isn’t a perfect movie, but I loved it. Here are the reasons why. Beware, there are spoilers below.
- It isn’t a Marvel movie. Don’t get me wrong. I love Marvel movies. I basically love all comic book movies. However, Marvel follows their formula and you can tell each movie is, well, a Marvel movie. Warner Brothers, DC Films and Zack Snyder went in a complete different direction. And, I think, this is one reason the critics have hated it. I am, however, glad to have some diversity in my comic book movies.
- We get the real Batman. Critics have ripped the movie for lack of character development. My theory is that you don’t really get character development in team-up movies. However, the one character that is developed is Batman. Why? Superman had his own movie three years ago. This is a totally different Batman from Nolan’s Batman. He’s older. He’s bitter. He’s cynical. He’s Frank Miller’s Batman from the classic The Dark Knight Returns. He’s ticked off and beware to anyone that gets in his way, even if he is from Krypton.
- Wonder Woman. Need I say more? This isn’t Lynda Carter’s star spangled, red, white and blue Amazon. Not, this is one that has seen a lot and is a warrior. She is much closer to Xena than the 1970’s TV version. She can hold her own with anyone it seems.
- Lex Luthor. For the most part, villains have been been boring most comic book movies. You can’t say that about Jesse Eisenberg’s interpretation of Alexander Luthor, son of the original Lex Luthor. This is spoiled, arrogant, brilliant young man. He is the smartest guy in the room and he knows it. And he doesn’t care to let you know he knows it. Sure, it’s quirky, but what do you want? Gene Hackman’s or Kevin Spacey’s version?
- Dream sequence. You have the Flash invading one of Batman’s dream to warn of him of what is coming in the future. This is a nod to one of the greatest comic book stories of all time, 1986’s Crisis on Inifinite Earths.
- Knightmare. Batman is truly scared of the future that could come with Superman. We have to remember that Superman is still relatively new on the scene. Imagine if a super powerful alien suddenly began exhibiting all sorts of powers and duked it out with other powerful beings, destroying whole swaths of cities. It might concern many of us.
- Darkseid is coming. Omega symbols. Parademons. Mother boxes. Darkseid, THE big bad of the DC universe, all over the place and they don’t even mention his name.
- The Setup. This movie sets up at least six other movies coming in the DC Universe. You have Justice League, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Flash and Aquaman. Not to mention a Batman movie with that Robin outfit. Bring on those other movies (starting with Suicide Squad in August).
- Easter eggs. Perry White mentions that it’s not 1938 anymore. This was a reference to when Superman was created, which is what I have to say when people say that Superman isn’t like he used to be. It’s isn’t 1938. It isn’t the 1950’s or 1978. It’s 2016 and Superman is different that he used to be.
- They KILLED Superman!!! I wan’t expecting this one. As one who reads so much about these movies ahead of time, I’m often just getting to see what I already know. I didn’t see this one coming. Now, is Superman going to stay dead? No way. However, for the most part, people find Superman boring. One way to eliminate the boring is to kill him. This will allow Batman to form the Justice League and for Superman to show up and help them out.
Look, I haven’t watched a movie yet that was perfect. This one wasn’t. However, it was everything I wanted and more. I can’t wait to see it again and then the Ultimate Cut on video later.
Have you seen this movie? Are you going to see it?