Batman vs Superman
April 19, 2016

I'll just start by saying: what a fantastic movie! The last time I felt this energized by a superhero film was The Dark Knight, and this one is even better. Unlike Christopher Nolan (who is a great director), Zack Snyder can do action scenes. Fantastic choreography, fantastic imagery, and it's backed up by a surprisingly smart script.

Batman vs Superman was a winner from the beginning. It starts with an artistic (and short) reminder of Batman's origin, which will surprise no one. Across 2 1/2 fast-paced hours that never had me looking at the watch, it builds up to an operatic finale that felt so very different from all the superhero films that have come before. The music, the staging, and the intersection of so many elements previously introduced... it's the modern era's version of a classical Victorian composition.

I've read plenty of "Batman vs Superman" comics over the years, hoping for a good one (and always being disappointed). This is a winner, and the conclusion of Batman and Superman's battle was really clever. And more importantly, it was meaningful. This movie really captures the essence of what these characters stand for.

This movie is so good that it retroactively makes "The Man of Steel" a better film. One big problem I had with Man of Steel was that the ending was SO overblown and SO explosive that it became tiresome. No one seemed to really mind that the entire city was exploding around Superman and General Zod.

Batman vs Superman shows that people cared. They effectively used the previous film's weak ending as a convincing (and emotionally powerful) plot point. Amazing.

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JoeTheDestroyer JoeTheDestroyer - April 20, 2016 (12:14 AM)
Man, now I'm even more excited to see this movie.
jerec jerec - April 20, 2016 (12:21 AM)
JoeTheDestroyer JoeTheDestroyer - April 20, 2016 (01:29 AM)
Doesn't matter to me either way.
zigfried zigfried - April 20, 2016 (11:02 PM)
Absolutely serious. As a Ben Affleck hater, I was surprised to discover myself enjoying the Bruce Wayne scenes. It's great to see a new superhero movie that actually appeals to comic book fans instead of trying to make superheroes look "cool" for general audiences. In other words, it's filled with ridiculous things but takes itself seriously... as opposed to the tongue-in-cheek snark that we keep getting from Marvel.

For example, in the Avengers movie, Thor's "funny" quip about Loki being adopted was a disgrace. The way Hulk manhandled Loki as a joke was a disgrace. Captain America being unable to pick up Thor's hammer was a disgrace. Joss Whedon is a self-absorbed hack who can't turn off his mocking snark, whereas Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder actually deserve to earn money.
JoeTheDestroyer JoeTheDestroyer - April 20, 2016 (11:50 PM)
Unfortunately, I think the snark train my be starting for DC. They supposedly reshot scenes of Suicide Squad to have "more humor."
JoeTheDestroyer JoeTheDestroyer - April 20, 2016 (11:54 PM)
*may be starting. Oops...
joseph_valencia joseph_valencia - April 21, 2016 (10:28 AM)
The reshoots weren't because of humor. According to the director, the studio liked the early cut a lot and approved a budget increase to improve the action scenes. Similar thing happened during some of the Nolan Batman films.

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