Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jesse Einsenberg, Gal Gadot and Amy Adams.
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Dawn of Justice has been marketed so far as the sequel of 2013 Man of Steel which was a Superman origin movie. Dawn of Justice however feels more like first instalment of a new Batman franchise rather than a Superman movie sequel. Is that a bad thing though? No, not at all.
This movie is being panned out and thrashed by various critics throughout the world who probably went in expecting it to be more like those one joke per minute summer blockbusters like Avengers or Ironman but this is nothing like the Marvel’s superhero universe. It’s a much darker and mature DC comic universe wherein two biggest comic book superheroes come face to face for the first time in a live action movie.
A lot of hue and cry was made when Ben Affleck was announced as the Batman by Zack Synder. Too old and a bad actor were just some of the phrases used by comic book faithful. So does Ben Affleck does justice (pun intended!) to his role here? He absolutely does. Ben Affleck is by far the best Batman I have seen in a live action movie, even surpassing Christian Bale in the Dark Knight series. He is perfect for a mature and aging Batman. And he has seriously worked on his physique for this role.
Now coming to how the movie actually is, I have to say I was surprised by the overall tone and setting for this movie right from the first trailer. It looked dark in trailer; the actual movie is even darker. Set right after the events of “Man of Steel” where Superman (Henry Cavill) fights off General Zod and other Kryptonian Aliens causing mayhem in Metropolis, he now has to deal with an angry Batman who believes him to be a reason of thousands of dead citizens. The USA government too is not sure about Superman and wants to restrain him.
Enter Lex Luther, played by Jesse Einsenberg, a cocky young Billionaire whose real motives to go after the capesters are still unclear to me apart from him being a complete psychotic sociopath. He probably is the weakest link in the movie as we are never able to understand his real motives and for most of the movie he seems pretty harmless for someone who is the main villain in a Batman and Superman movie.
I don’t want to spoil the story here but the ending is something you wouldn’t have expected. Well those of you have seen Doomsday in the 2nd trailer and are familiar with his lore in Superman universe can guess but those who are not aware of him are in for a big surprise. Worldwide critics are disappointed with this movie but I to be honest loved it. I don’t usually like superhero movies specially the Marvel ones who for me follow a pretty standard clichéd template but this is nothing like the cheesy Marvel movies. It’s serious, pretty mature and seems to have picked exactly where Nolan left it in The Dark Knight Rising. Even if you are a big fan of Marvel movies, Dawn of Justice warrants a viewing, once at least. My only grievance with the movie is the pacing, especially in the final few minutes. Last half an hour of the movie could have been edited much better.
A special mention for Wonder Women played by Gal Gadot who is pretty underutilised. Hope to see more of her as this movie sets the story for Justice League of which she is an integral part.
But overall, Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice is a must watch. Its an intelligent blockbuster which could have been better but is still one of best I have seen in years.
3.5/5 for Dawn of Justice.