Considered as Failure.
This might sounds like I’m beating a dead horse because let’s face it. “Batman v Superman” was universally panned by critics (Whopping 29% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), and scored a massive 69% drop in box office in a week suggesting that while the initial interest was high, the word-of-mouth are well, could be better. And probably for a good reason too.
I’m not going to write what was wrong with the movie. The professionals are already gnawed at it, accentuated it to a point where my own voice would just another similar note playing way back in the background. Instead, I’m going to write about what I really like from the movie, and why I don’t mind for Zack Snyder to helm the next incarnation of DC’s superhero films
When they first announce this project, my initial thought was “okay, I’m intrigued, but I’m going to set my expectation low.” Because if you are going to collide two of the biggest superheroes in a film, there would be so many things that could go wrong. Added to that, the film was expected to be a setup for a much bigger Justice League. So yeah, so many things that could go wrong, plus possibly too many materials about to be crammed into a preferably under three hours of telling time with an additional requirements of both satisfying to the audiences who are well-versed in DC history, and not too confusing for those who didn’t. The stars had to be aligned in a very specific way in order to put all these together into a solid entertainment that could please both the critics and the general audiences.
Turns out, however, perhaps due to my low expectations, I found myself quite happy with the movie.
Convoluted, Messy Storyline and Plot.
The movie begins with a montage of Batman’s childhood, yet again. I was trying hard not to squirm and telling myself that you know, maybe Snyder would give it a slow-mo action that could at least half as good as Watchmen’s opening scene. I was right about the slow-mo action, I was wrong about it could be half as good as Watchmen’s. Suffice to say that I was very uncomfortable with it.
But then, the Metropolis scene starts, and I enjoyed this part a lot. This scene puts Bruce Wayne on the city that was literally destroyed when Superman takes on Zod during “Man of Steel.” This puny human, — a well trained, not to mention, filthy rich, but still, a mere human — runs around the city that gradually turns into a pile of destruction, trying to warn/save his employees, is an exciting piece of action. This scene, to my eyes, at least easily justified the reason why Batman got so mad at Superman.
But alas, after this scene, the expected mess starts. Scenes come and go in a hurry. Some scenes are somewhat there for the sake of being “cool.” Case in point, the Nightmare Batman scene. This scene is absolutely bonkers. In a world that was reduced to rubble and dust, Batman with his bulky, dirty, but awesome suit, doing a coreographed fight which at this point of the film, a very refreshing scene. The way the film treat this scene, however, indicates nothing about its supposed importance. Bruce Wayne didn’t even seem to be bothered with it, this scene almost felt like a fan service. It’s like saying, “hey, we have this totally cool scene. It doesn’t make a lot of sense, but it would be a same to cut it, so yeah, we …mmm… create a dream sequence to include this scene. Huh? What? Lazy? Yeah, maybe, but, it’s cool, it’s Batman doing stuffs. You’ll like it. Promise.” I do like it, I really like it. But also a bit disappointed.
The scenes rambling on, until Wonder Woman scene.
Wonder Woman’s entry scene is arguably the best scene of the whole film. Hands down. Few could take away the fact that at least Snyder, gets Wonder Woman right. It has an amazing soundtrack. Her bracelets, her shield, her sword, and her lasso, all are making a good lasting impression, and the way she moves, the way she fights, the way she smirks after she received her first blow from Doomsday, I didn’t know any better but those are all marks of the Warrior that she is. I have a huge crush on Gal Gadot ever since “Fast Furious” (so huge that I came to HATE that Asian dude who gets to kiss her on screen. Ugh), and her role in this film further cemented that affection. I would get her figurines, put up her posters, adorning my computer’s wallpaper with her (as a Wonder Woman) if I was a teenager still experimenting with his sexual desires.
Also, last but not least, I was interested in how Snyder handles Batman. Oh, it is clear. Batman clearly violates his number one principle in this film. An act that sends enough ripple among Batman fans that Snyder himself, felt the need to explicitly explain the decision. I was, however, simply amused, I want to be surprised, and the Batman’s treatment was clearly qualified as a surprise (I was like, “Oh, okay, that is interesting”). But I don’t feel like it was out of place. I mean, in fact, I think it was necessary because later, as Batman goes into his second choreographed fight scene in the film (which is even more awesome than the first), it clearly shows that Batman, is currently live in a dangerous world. Unlike Superman, he can be hurt (and killed) by a stab of steel into his artery, or a bullet. And therefore his violation to his rule in this film, I think, is not a luxury that he could live without, but it has become a necessity.
Conclusion. Flawed but Enjoyable.
Final word, despite its many flaws, “Batman v Superman” boils into a film about three characters. Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. I liked how Snyder portrays Batman here, I got super excited with Wonder Woman’s treatment here, so that is two out of three. Which is good. Superman? Well, many had said that Snyder didn’t understand Superman. I personally don’t care about Superman. I had the same view for this guy as Lex Luthor. He is nigh invincible, his fights are boring (because odds are, he always wins), and therefore, the whole idea about him is, for me, boring. Although I do think that Cavill is the best Superman to date. Yes, even better than (the late) Reeve.
Conclusion, Batman v Superman is a confusing mess. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it very much, thinks that Batman and Wonder Woman was awesome here, and didn’t mind at all with the idea of Snyder directing the next DC’s repertoires of superheroes.