That said, when I heard Ben Affleck was cast as Batman, I wasn't exactly happy about it. I just couldn't see him as Batman. No one had ever come close to Michael Keaton when I was a kid, but I was genuinely excited to see this film, even though the critics had called it a dud.
Cinematography, sound editing, special effects and the score were all second to none. In the initial scenes the camera shots are perfectly combined to create a sense of tension and fear. A close up on the barrel of a gun; slow motion of the gun engaging; silence; crying. Is there just a stigma on the superhero genre that makes critics cringe?
Okay, yes, I'll agree that sometimes the dialogue can be a little eye-roll-worthy, but let's not forget that these stories derive from the pages of comic books we read as children, or in my case, for forever. Batman vs Superman had the to-ing and fro-ing between each hero which, albeit corny, just wouldn't have been the same without it. So what if Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) have a hero-off? That's how it's always been. If it's morals and great lessons you're looking for then you have that too. There's talk of false gods and gods that the people need. Our heroes stand up for what is right and they do it together, moving on from enemies to partners after a - little - misunderstanding. Isn't this a lesson so many of us need to embrace in life?
As expected, there were many fight scenes in this film that drew on the technology behind modern day special effects and they were exactly what you want them to be. Even the way the fight scenes were structured was just plain and simple. This was a man vs a god, and there was nothing more to it than that. Batman brought along some heavy armour and his gadgets. Superman brought ... well ... himself. Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) joined in for the last fight scene, and even with it's gloriously cheesy puns and typical moments of 'how did Lois (Amy Adams) even know they need cryptonite', it was fun. Isn't that what a super hero movie should be?
Superman fans may not be as excited for their hero as I am for mine, but I personally enjoyed this version of Superman. There's so much talk of Superman being the good guy that exploring the option that he could in fact go 'rogue' and take down a planet was kind of refreshing, even if this has already been the theme in Man of Steel reboot and of course in the Justice League. That said, I'm not sure how fans will react if this does happen, but it will be fun to find out none the less.
However my stand out performance was of course, the bad guy. Jesse Eisenberg was exquisite. Is there a better word to use here? I'm not sure. Let's face it, every superhero villain will always be measured against Heath Ledger's Joker, however Eisenberg took Lex Luthor and made him a crazy, mentally psychotic billionaire that will have you captivated from the very second he appears on screen. But it was better than that. More breathtaking. As the movie went on, his mental state deteriorated until his magical, final scene where he just repeated a single word over and over, clutching at the bars of his cell.
And then there was the music. I always get a sense of excitement when I know Hans Zimmer has written the score for a film, and this time, he's teamed up with Junkie XL. What was most incredible about the Batman theme was the tie-ins to previous Batman scores. There was moments of Batman (1989) and dark, heavier passages straight from The Dark Night. It was an unmissable tie-in to the past, and it was brilliant. The score had the usual Zimmer finesse.
To top off Eisenberg's fantastic portrayal of an exhausted enemy, the theme for Lex Luthor is the best piece of music written for film I have heard so far this year, and I will be surprised if it is surpassed. Its' simple. Elegant. Intense.
Fist Listen of The Red Capes are Coming (Lex Luthor's Theme) published by Warner Bros. on YouTube below:
However, I am one person, so feel free to comment below. Did you love the film, or did you despise it?