Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
We”ll have reports from NCFCA members about the first big film of 2016, Zach Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, as reviews start rolling in.
: Batman v Superman is littered with great moments. The title bout is exhilarating and poignant. Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) eventually arrives like a forerunner of Furiosa and her Furies, destined to save us from the men who broke the world. And concerns about Affleck’s casting are misplaced—this is really more of a Batman reboot than a Superman sequel, and Affleck’s world-weary countenance carries both a fully formed character and the film.
Still, it’s not a great movie. The two-and-a-half-hour slog through multiple nightmare sequences—including an intriguing scene, featured in the trailer, in which a shackled Batman is confronted by Superman and his armed minions—is all for naught. The final-act arrival of an overly digitized, colossal Prometheus represents a bloated storyline that bludgeons the viewer with bombast.
Kenneth R. Morefield: 1More Film Blog
Batman v Superman (★★★½) gets a lot of stuff right. So much so that for two hours it flirts with being my favorite comic book movie ever. By the end (yes, Zach, I heard you about the no spoilers request) it descends into standard movie carnage, and the longer it goes on the more I wished it had been satisfied in telling one story rather than three. But even with those complaints, I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. I liked Dawn of Justice a lot more than I anticipated.
Sean O’Connell: Cinema Blend
An improvement over Man of Steel, and a much better Batman movie than it is a Superman film. The highlights far outweigh the issues, and DC now has a base on which it can build its empire.
Isaac Weeks: Raleigh & Company
How is it that a major studio film – one in which marks the first time these legendary characters meet/fight/team-up onscreen in a live-action feature – that cost hundreds of millions of dollars to make, has been in the planning stages for years, and is the catalyst for their own shared universe of interconnected films doesn’t seem to know one thing about its title characters outside of names and costumes?