After two years and a metric ton of hype, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice finally releases this week. But even with two of the greatest superheroes duking it out on the big screen, the movie somehow manages to be underwhelming.
By far the biggest problem with the movie is the pacing. At two and a half hours long, the movie is lengthy, and mostly filled with boring shit that needn’t be there. It takes far too long to get to the point and I won’t lie, I was legit bored during most of the first half.
When it does get to the point, it’s fun. The all important battle between Batman and Superman does happen after what seems like an eternity, but it’s over before you know it, and the movie then moves on to other things.
And “other things” is all that seems to be happening in this movie. There is Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, doing what looked like a Shah Rukh Khan impression, and being annoyingly cartoonish throughout, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, trying to be relevant again, and a Frankenstein’s monster (Doomsday), shoved in the end for the sake of it. The movie even spends time building hype for the inevitable Justice League movie by introducing certain other DC characters in between.
And that is where you will be spending most of the two and a half hours. Fortunately, there is some good stuff in there. Ben Affleck as Batman was pretty good. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman was superb in the few scenes that she had in the movie. Henry Cavill seemed depressed throughout but I still like him as Superman. That reminds me of how overly serious and broody the movie is all the time. It is possible to be dark and gritty without being humorless; Daredevil shows us that. But Dawn of Justice just wanted to be angry all the time.
In the end, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is overly long, mostly boring, and occasionally entertaining. It had the potential to be so much better but it got distracted and tried to do too many things. It’s worth watching once, but don’t expect too much from it.