Stars: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Gal Dadot, Scott McNairy, Michael Shannon.
Directors: Zack Snyder
Screenplay: David S. Goyer, Chris Terrio
Welcome to DC’s gritty world where Superman is dressed in Blue & Red, though with the desaturation you wouldn’t know it. This washing away of the colour and depth of tone kind of sums up the entire film. Superman (Henry Cavill) lacks his super while Batman (Ben Affleck) wallows in the shadows but in ways that make little sense.
The premise—as I am sure everyone knows—is Bruce Wayne deciding that Superman needs to be taken down as he is a threat to the safety of the human race. He does have his reasons as the film opens with Bruce witnessing Superman’s ability to destroy entire cities without a care for human lives. But what starts as a solid set up breaks into several storylines of Bruce, Clark, & Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) held together by… well, by them being in the same film. If they cut out the Luthor, the “Superman goes to court”, and Martha storylines this film may have had a chance of actually being coherent and, good.
Dawn of Justice went from briefly making sense from the opening to a downright mess of a movie. From the god awful clunky dialogue, to Eisenberg’s yipping, to… man I cannot even be bothered going through everything that was bad. It was just plain bad. The character’s rationale in their hatred toward one another were shallow which really points to the fact that the producers just wanted Superman and Batman to face off.
Okay sure, if the rationale was shallow but they actually produced an amazing fight out of the plot then I would be okay with that. However even the shallow plot of why they were going to fight didn’t actually lead to their fight (right?)…And what we got for a fight was not much to talk about, I literally do not remember it.
What I really enjoyed in this film is Ben Affleck’s Batman. Boy was he a joy to see in the bat suit. Every scene that centred around this older Batman were visually stunning and were the only parts of the film that felt like they knew what they were doing. They made Batman dark, and for once they made Wayne just as interesting as his suit. If this was just a film where Wayne sat in his bat cave and investigated shit, I would be quite happy to watch Affleck do that for 2 hours of my life. What didn’t work however was the fact that he didn’t really investigate anything other than reading an email—got to hand it to the LuthorCorp graphic design team who came up with those fabulous folder icons.
This was just not a very well thought out film, which is a pity because this is meant to excite the audience for the new Justice League films. All I am excited for is Affleck’s new Batman movie with Jeremy Irons’ Alfred, and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), because they were the only good things about Dawn of Justice.