So here are my thoughts on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I wanted to wait, but I couldn’t. Feel free to discuss and debate. I look forward to it.
This movie overall was… fine. A strong 7, perhaps add a 0.5. You could see where the studio rushed to cobble the Justice League together, and elude to the fact that, perhaps, there was once a Robin. I have to admit that Ben Affleck made a very good Batman. The Bat was brutal, and the fight scenes were enjoyable.
So, if you haven’t seen it, go ahead. If you have skittish children, keep them home. For a DC cinematic effort, it’s like most that have come before, with the sole exception that there was one that one “hero” on display. And that is where my issues lie.
There was nothing “heroic” about the movie. In Man of Steel, Superman explained that the symbol on his chest meant “hope.” But where was his? This brooding, angry and downright scary Superman was hopeless.
Superman has always been the Boy Scout. His almost Pollyannaish approach to life is what makes his character so appealing. And when things get tough, he faces it with a smile. Even though he’s here for the world, his friends always come first. Well, not in this movie. It was revealed, even though he isn’t formerly introduced, that the guy who was shot in the face by the Warlord, was none other than Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen.
And then, there was Batman.
Again, there was nothing really wrong with the Batman, except for one statement: “We’re criminals.” WHAT?!? It’s unbelievable that the Batman would lump himself in with the “superstitious and cowardly lot” that comprises the people he beats up nightly.
But I guess he does look at himself that way, at least in this movie because why would he leave a batarang behind to taunt Luthor? That’s not heroic, that’s what villains do. They also kill people. And this Batman seemed to have no problem with that, either by his own hand, or by the actions of others.
Is it too much to ask for heroes to be heroes? It is too much to want my heroes to be people that I want to be? Through whose actions make me want to be a better me? Maybe it is, but I won’t stop looking for — and expecting — them to be so.