Clash of the Lightweight

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By Richard Kozak ’17

The superhero slugfest that we were all waiting for ensued in the ghettos of Gotham City. After waiting through almost half the movie for this showdown, one could not have been more upset with the overall effort of this film.

Batman v Superman was one of the most anticipated superhero films of all time, and its theatrical arrival embodied the disappointment that goes along with high hopes. Rather than focusing on the titular conflict, the movie delves into subplot after subplot, without even giving the viewer time to process the events onscreen. The movie has far too many protagonists and antagonists, who are thrown at the audience faster than a speeding bullet.

Through the confusion, Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) share the screen with other notable heroes, primarily Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot). Lex Luthor’s (Jesse Eisenberg) maniacal motives are never truly explained; all the audience knows is that he hates Superman with all his heart. Despite criticism before the movie was put out, Affleck turns less than extraordinary dialogue into a good  performance. Cavill, who played Superman in the prequel to BvS, Man of Steel, gave a gritty, cold hearted performance like in his previous Superman installation. Although Lois Lane(Amy Adams) is clearly Clark Kent’s love interest, the connection was never really felt.

No matter how much the film was bashed by critics and the common people, no one can take away the beauty of the cinematography in Batman v Superman. Battle in this film was extremely fast paced and powerful, although the use of shaky camera effects was a little too much. Still, the viewer was put right along the heroes in the scene. Each strike on the opponent reverberated through the auditorium, and the most harsh blows felt more 4-D than on screen. Superman dons his usual blue and red suit, while Batman busted out something new from the Batcave. Batman didn’t wear his usual attire, instead vouching for a clunky and thick metal suit to combat Superman in. The suit was equipped to withstand Superman’s unearthly strength and even employed Superman’s weakness – Kryptonite. Stunning visuals of Superman in front of Gotham City awaiting combat with Batman are seen, and the skyline looks great.

Although not as gloomy as Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy starring Christian Bale, Batman v Superman had the same effect of a dystopian society where villains take advantage and get the upper hand. The destruction of society has become an increasingly popular phenomenon in modern films,  which has become somewhat disturbing. Although the world was saved at the end of Man of Steel, most of Metropolis was turned to rubble by the hand to hand combat specializing Kryptonians, Superman and Zod.  The film was accompanied by a run of the mill soundtrack that emphasized the suspensefulness of BvS.

Not as bad as you have heard, Batman v Superman is the epitome of what film companies do with every film nowadays. If the two and a half hour running time of BvS wasn’t grueling enough, at least you have the next few powerhouse Justice League films to look forward to in order to tie up the seemingly endless loose ends of this year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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