Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
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Genre: Superhero
Action
Directed By: Zack Snyder
Produced By: Charles Roven
Deborah Snyder
Written By: Chris Terrio
David S. Goyer
Based On: Characters from DC Comics
Starring: Ben Affleck
Henry Cavill
Amy Adams
Jesse Eisenberg
Diane Lane
Laurence Fishburne
Jeremy Irons
Holly Hunter
Gal Gadot
Cinematography: Larry Fong
Distributed By: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: March 19, 2016 (Auditorio Nacional)
March 25, 2016 (United States)
Runtime: 152 minutes
181 minutes (Ultimate Edition)
Country: United States
Budget: $250–300 million
Box Office: $873.6 million
Prequel: Man of Steel
Sequel: Suicide Squad (Chronologically)
Justice League


Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a 2016 superhero film featuring the DC Comics characters Batman and Superman. Directed by Zack Snyder, written by written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer, and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is the follow-up to Man of Steel and the second installment in the DC Extended Universe.

Plot

The movie opens during the destructive battle between Superman and Zod, where Bruce Wayne witnessed the two destroy a Wayne Enterprises building and causing the deaths of many of his employees. In response Bruce decides it's time to come out of retirement and become Batman once again, however this time he's more brutal and willing to murder criminals. Nearly two years later, Superman is involved in an incident where multiple terrorists are killed off and the media blames him for those deaths, causing Clark Kent to question if being Superman is worth it or not, as Earth has been less than welcoming towards him so far. Lois Lane investigates the murders and finds some evidence that points towards Lexcorp. At the same time Batman discovers that Lexcorp is also tracking Superman's activities.

Lex Luthor, CEO of Lexcorp, is attempting to obtain more power from a senator to initiate a campaign against Superman, whom he believes to be an evil alien threat. Bruce Wayne sneaks into a Lexcorp event to hack Lex's computers but a mysterious woman named Diana Prince intercepts him and takes the information, however Bruce is able to find out that Lex is experimenting with Zod's corpse and a strange green stone that harms Kryptonians, dubbed "Kryptonite". Tension raises between Batman and Superman as both disagree with the other's vigilante methods, with Superman warning Batman to stay in retirement. Later, Diana gives Bruce the information she had stolen from Lexcorp, as the data is decrypted. Bruce has a dream about a post-apocalyptic Earth that is ruled by an evil Superman, followed by a vision where a man with a red suit came from the future to warn Bruce to keep Lois Lane alive. Batman decides to steal Kryptonite and prepare anti-Superman measures.

Superman is called to a trial regarding the terrorist incident but before he can explain anything the capitol is destroyed by an explosion during the trial. Batman learns from the Lexcorp files that multiple "metahumans" have been spotted in recent years, including a man who lives deep in the sea, a teenager that runs faster than the speed of sound, a teenager who became part-robot, and an Amazonian warrior who fought during WWI. Batman recognized the latter as Diana Prince, so he sent her the information regarding metahumans. Lex Luthor kidnaps Martha Kent and Blackmails Superman into murdering Batman otherwise Martha will be killed. Superman reluctantly goes to meet Batman, who promptly begins attacking. The two vigilantes have a fight that culminates in Batman pinning down Superman and preparing to kill him with a Kryptonite spear, but when Superman calls out the name "Martha" Batman has a sudden change of heart and opts to spare Superman. Superman clears the misunderstanding, Batman goes to rescue Martha while Superman confronts Lex about his schemes. Lex, refusing to accept defeat, reveals that he mutated Zod's corpse into a giant monster that he named "Doomsday".

Doomsday awakes and begins destroying the nearby area, Batman and Superman try to fight the monster but find themselves overpowered, however Diana appears wearing an Amazonian battle armor and joins the fight. The three fight off Doomsday while Lois Lane brings the Kryptonite spear. Superman takes the spear and charges towards Doomsday to stab it, but Superman is also fatally stabbed in the process. The fight is over, but Superman is dead. A funeral is held for Superman, during which Bruce asks Diana to help him find more metahumans knowing that a dangerous threat will be coming in the future.

Bad Qualities

  1. The whole point of the rivalry between Batman and Superman, and what made their fight so iconic in the comics, is their opposing ideals and views of the world; Batman is dark and cynical, while Superman is light and hopeful. However, in this movie, both Batman and Superman are dark gloomy vigilantes with questionable morality, which completely destroys the point of their rivalry and makes it feel forced.
    1. There is barely any focus on the rivalry between Batman and Superman, despite the title of the movie being "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice". Through the almost three-hour length of the movie, Batman and Superman have very little interaction with each other prior to them fighting.
    2. On top of that, there is no explanation as to why they hate each other aside from the fact that the other one is a vigilante, making both of them hypocrites for that matter.
    3. The rivalry between the two is so forced and poorly executed that Superman's mother randomly had to be kidnapped to get Superman to want to fight Batman, meanwhile Batman only wants to fight Superman because he's being paranoid.
    4. The titular fight itself was a complete afterthought as it starts out of nowhere then is completely forgotten about less than five minutes after it occurs.
  2. Sequel baiting: There are multiple plot threads that were left completely unresolved without any sort of payoff intentionally; instead, those threads were supposed to be filled in future sequels. Several characters and plot threads are also added for no reason other than to set up future installments in the DC Extended Universe.
    • Due to Justice League being heavily edited, and the planned sequels being cancelled after said film's failure at the box office, those plot threads will now never be resolved.
    • At one point the movie literally pauses to have Wonder Woman watch teaser videos for Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman.
  3. The movie is outright boring, due to having an overly grim and dour mood that tries too hard to be dark and serious; even the other bad DC movies like Batman & Robin, Catwoman, Green Lantern, Supergirl and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace had fun moments. While a darker tone for a superhero movie is not inherently bad, the tone of this film is too dark and completely devoid of any humor and it takes itself way too seriously, something that even The Dark Knight Trilogy, which was known for popularizing superhero films with a darker tone, didn't do and had some lighthearted moments to balance out the dark themes and characters that also had more personality beyond dull angst.
    • Not to mention, but even Batman ReturnsGMW, which is far darker than this film (ironically), didn't take itself seriously like this film, and its dark tone and depressing atmosphere were executed well and much better than this.
  4. Just like Man of Steel, the movie constantly goes on and on about "deep important topics" but never does anything with those themes then throws them all away for mindless action, leaving all those supposed themes with no payoff.
  5. Tries to cram in too many comic stories (The Dark Knight Returns, Knightmare, Superman: Red Son, Flashpoint, The Death of Superman, and Injustice) for the sake of pandering references without caring if those stories have any relevancy to the actual plot of the movie while also completely missing the context of those stories that the film is referencing.
  6. The highly-controversial destruction of Metropolis in Man of Steel, which the movie promised would address, is almost never mentioned again after the opening scene and no one besides Batman seems to care that it even happened. About the only way it is "addressed" is with hand-waving comments that the parts of the city the heroes are accidentally destroying have been evacuated.
    • The trailers made it seem like Superman would be put in trial over the destruction of Metropolis, but in the movie itself the reason Superman is put in trial is because they think he killed a terrorist using bullets.
  7. Character butchering: Multiple iconic DC characters are portrayed very poorly to the point that they don't even resemble the characters they're supposed to be based after. Examples include:
    1. Superman is painted as some kind of grizzled messiah without any of the traits that people actually admire him for. Rather than the iconic symbol of justice that gives people hope, Superman is an eternally depressed grump who almost never smiles: even when he's saving people or having blatant Jesus symbolism foisted on him, he still looks depressed all the time.
      • Superman only has fourty-three lines of dialogue in the entire movie. Many of those lines of dialogue are very short phrases in a dull monotone voice.
      • Superman is also killed as early as the second movie in the DCEU franchise, which was only done to give him more blatant Jesus symbolism. His death was also made completely pointless by the fact that the sequel Justice League was already confirmed to feature Superman before BvS was released.
    2. Batman on the other hand is portrayed as an angry, paranoid psychopath who openly kills criminals without any hesitation and spends most of the movie planning to kill Superman.
      • Batman has indeed killed people in multiple incarnations before, but whenever he does he's given a reasonable explanation why. However this version of Batman doesn't have a good reason to kill, he just kills for the sake of being edgier than The Dark Knight version.
      • Batman never gives a proper reason to want to kill Superman other than paranoia and his irrational hatred towards Superman is immediately forgotten after the infamous "Save Martha" scene, no less than 10 minutes after it happens he calls Superman "a friend" without any mention of him attempting to murder Superman in the previous scene.
      • Snyder attempted to justify Batman killing in interviews by claiming that Batman "only indirectly causes deaths by accident", however there are several times where Batman directly murders goons without any restraint or second thought.
    3. Lex Luthor is a spoiled daddy's boy who inherited Lexcorp rather than being a genius billionaire, constantly flip flops between motivations, and very obviously went through a lot of rewrites.
      • Jessie Eisenberg's hammy overacting and obnoxious overuse of nervous tick made the character worse..
      • The scene with the Jolly Rancher candy was a particularly infamous moment for this incarnation of Luthor.
      • His plan is also confusing, nonsensical, and often self-contradicting. His motivation also constantly changes between hating Kryptonians, hating god, daddy issues, and knowing that invaders are coming in the future.
    4. Jimmy Olsen was made into a CIA agent that dies less than 10 minutes after the movie begins and never interacted with Superman.
      • Zack Snyder stated that the reason Jimmy Olsen was added into the movie only to be killed immediately was because "we don’t have room for Jimmy Olsen in our big pantheon of characters, but we can have fun with him, right?".
    5. The popular Mercy Graves is unceremoniously killed off after only a few minutes of screen-time.
    6. Lois Lane serves no purpose to the story other than finding out Lex Luthor is evil, something that every character in the movie immediately figured out, then she throws away the Kryptonite spear only to go get it back immediately afterwards.
    7. Robin was already killed before he was even introduced, the only sort of mention he ever gets is a brief scene where his costume which was vandalized by the Joker off screen which in itself is easy to miss.
    8. Wonder Woman serves no purpose other than sequel-baiting other Justice League members and joining the final fight against Doomsday.
    9. Doomsday inexplicably is made out of Zod's corpse mixed with Lex Luthor's DNA and is nothing but a mindless monster for Superman to punch. His inclusion also completely wasted the "Death of Superman" story arc as it had nothing to do with the rest of the movie's plot and was done too early in the franchise.
  8. Abysmal acting (save for Ben Affleck, Jeremy Irons and Gal Gadot). Most characters speak in a dull monotone tone trying to sound deep, but only come off as boring.
  9. Laughable dialogue, particularly when Batman randomly and constantly shouts "Why did you say her name?!" after Superman mentions Martha before Lois had him stop.
  10. It repeats the origin story of Bruce Wayne falling into a pit full of bats and his parents being murdered yet again. It is also completely irrelevant to the film.
  11. Multiple plot holes, including but not limited to:
    • How does Superman get blamed for the deaths of terrorists when those terrorists were very obviously killed with bullets?
    • Clark Kent investigating Batman's vigilante activities is barely mentioned after first establishing it.
    • Why did Lex even create Doomsday if he hates Kryptonians and he already had planned to have Batman kill him?
    • Lex's "motivation" to create Doomsday is that he thinks Superman is an evil Kryptonian killing machine, but Doomsday is an evil Kryptonian killing machine, this makes Lex completely a total hypocrite. And what would Lex have done with Doomsday if Batman had killed Superman?
    • Lex's motivation to hate Superman is vague at best and he's never given any reason why he also hates Batman.
    • Lex's subplot of trying to corrupt a Senator is pointless because he just kills her in an explosion with zero payoff.
    • Superman being blamed for that explosion is meaningless because no one believes he did it, and why would Superman even need a bomb? The bombing is also forgotten immediately after it occurred.
    • At one point Bruce Wayne falls asleep and has a dream where Darkseid has conquered the Earth alongside an evil Superman, followed by a dream where the Flash time travels to warn Bruce about incoming threats. Neither of these two dreams are brought up ever again in the DC Extended Universe.
    • How does Superman sense that Lois Lane is in danger from a continent away and rescue her within three seconds but can't sense Martha was kidnapped nor have any idea where she's being held?
    • It is never explained how John Kent's "spirit" somehow talked to Superman when he was in the Arctic.
    • How does injecting Lex Luthor's DNA into Zod's corpse transform Zod into Doomsday?
    • Doomsday cannot be killed by Kryptonite, and proof is that when he was shot by the Kryptonian gun, it did little effect to him, but oh no, when he was suddenly spiked by the Kryptonite spear, it somewhat kills him, giving no logic whatsoever.
  12. Terrible editing that constantly has the movie jump from plot thread to plot thread without any flow.
  13. While the action scenes are impressive to look at, they tend to drag too long in extremely tight situations, like how Batman doesn't save Martha Kent (who is about to be killed by a guy with a flamethrower) until he defeats all of the minions.
  14. The funeral of Superman drags on over ten minutes, and in the middle of it the movie pauses so Batman and Wonder Woman can sequel-bait the Justice League yet again.
    • The scene also completely goes against the entire premise of the movie as supposedly the world was very polarized on Superman with many wanting him dead, yet when he is dead everyone on the Earth is suddenly mourning him.

Good Qualities

  1. A good soundtrack composed by Hans Zimmer.
  2. The opening scene of the destruction of Metropolis shown from Bruce Wayne's point of view is excellent.
  3. Great performances from Ben Affleck as Batman, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.
  4. Spectacular visuals, despite the overly dark scene settings.

Reception

The announcement of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was met with strong hype and excitement from fans as it would be the first time that Batman and Superman would be in the same movie and this would be the official start of DC's cinematic universe to compete with Marvel. Likewise the film had promise to address the controversial prequel Man of Steel. Concerns were quickly raised however when the first trailer was released as it suggested the movie would have an even grimmer tone than Man of Steel, the second trailer met with massive backlash because it spoiled Doomsday's inclusion and rose concerns that Superman would be killed as early as the second movie in the franchise. Those concerns were proven correct, which led to even more backlash as fans felt the Death of Superman storyline was shoved into a movie that had nothing to do with that story and was done far too early.

Following a strong debut that set new box office records, the film experienced a historic drop (even worse than Batman and Robin's) in its second weekend and never recovered. Despite turning a profit, it was deemed a box office disappointment and received mostly mixed to negative reviews from critics and fans resulting in a 28% score on aggregator Rotten Tomatoes with the website's critical consensus reads: "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice smothers a potentially powerful story – and some of America's most iconic superheroes – in a grim whirlwind of effects-driven action.". Common criticisms included the overly-dark tone, slow pace, bad characterization of iconic DC characters, the convoluted and overbloated plot filled with sequel-baiting, the lack of focus on Batman fighting Superman, and the controversial decision to kill Superman as early as the second DCEU movie, though some praised its visual style, musical score and acting performances particularly Affleck and Gadot. The general consensus was that the movie "is more interested in setting up sequels than being a movie".

The "Ultimate Edition" cut was considered an improvement over the theatrical cut as the additional 30 minutes fill out some plot holes. At the same time however, audiences were outraged when they learned that the "Ultimate Edition" was supposed to be the theatrical edition in the first place. It was also noted that the Ultimate Edition still doesn't fix the main problems with the movie and the plot holes filled were very minor threads that didn't really contribute much to the story.

The overwhelmingly negative reception to the movie was a large factor to Warner Bros. decision to meddle with other DCEU movies and mandate changes in tone and characterizations, most notably Suicide Squad and Justice League, both of which were significantly edited to remove the overly dark tones they were initially meant to have.

Box office

The film opened up at #1 on its opening weekend with a domestic gross of $166,007,347. The total domestic gross was $330,360,194. In foreign countries, the film grossed $543,274,725. Overall, the film made a worldwide gross of $873,634,919 against its $250-300 million budget. Despite grossing a large amount of money, the film was a box office disappointment, as Warner Brothers had predicted that the film would make at least a billion dollars at the box office.

Trivia

  • Red Letter Media's Rich Evans dubbed the film "Murder Man versus Captain Hypocrite".

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Comments


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ItMeansNothing

11 months ago
Score 3
I hated this movie. Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it.
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EijiZeBoi

10 months ago
Score 2
When the trailer is better than the movie itself.
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ItMeansNothing

9 months ago
Score 1
wHY DID You sAY thaT nAmE!?
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Spongebuff1991

8 months ago
Score 2
I have never seen this and I have no desire to!
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Stephenfisher2001

7 months ago
Score 4
I really honestly hated the movie, How could possibly crap up the relationship with Superman and Batman? That's pretty bad.
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Spongebuff1991

6 months ago
Score 4
I don't know. But, the Batman/Superman film from 1997 is probably better than this piece of drek.
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EricSonic

2 months ago
Score 0
I actually fell asleep when i watched it
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Mickey Mouse

one month ago
Score 0
I realized that the Extended Cut was rated R, lol
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JinHazama

one month ago
Score 0
I liked this when I was younger.
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JinHazama

one month ago
Score 0
This may be a reference to Frank Miller's comics.

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