The Dark Knight Rises (Or Falls)

By Isaac Feldman

It took only 3 weeks for Batman vs Superman, director Zack Snyder’s 250 million dollar “blockbuster,” to make its money back. However, Snyder (300, Man of Steel) might have bit off more than he could chew for this project. Movie fans were hopeful Batman vs Superman would be a two hour slugfest with our favorite super heroes battling it out in beautifully shot CGI action. This is not quite what we got.

The safest way to describe the direction of BvS is: there wasn’t one. This film was tugged in too many directions. First, the introduction of characters for future films felt unbelievably forced! We’re in the era where movies are made for sequels, and sequels are made for millions. But Warner Bros seemed too drift from the plan that has made Marvel Studios so successful. Marvel’s The Avengers, also a huge-budget super hero film, had a basic plot intentionally. BvS was too tangled and tried to incorporate current social issues in a super hero movie, a disappointing move.

Snyder’s last movie, Man of Steel, was a simple action film with great supporting actors (Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe). The film didn’t have any foreshadowing or teases ahead to a sequel, WHICH IS PERFECT! Looking back, Man of Steel also had Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Interstellar) as a contributor/writer. Unluckily for fans, Nolan wasn’t part of Batman vs Superman.

Zack Snyder has a demonstrated a predisposition to depict zany, dark characters in his long history of Rated-R films. A PG-13 rating for blockbuster movies is standard, and simply put, Snyder’s hands seemed tied in this one. He struggled to deliver a gritty movie while paying fan service to young comic book enthusiasts in the same script.

One of the very few positive notes from this movie is that we finally had a chance to see The Caped Crusader fight the Alien with the ‘S’ on his Chest. While Snyder’s story lacked in plot and character development, he flexed his muscles with beautifully shot action sequences. The destructively gorgeous computer generated scenes might be a good enough reason to see this in theaters.

Note: I said ‘might.’

While legendary super heroes made cameos, their appearances felt unnecessary and forced. One cameo is honestly enough, but four? As for the film’s antagonist, Lex Luther (Jesse Eisenberg, Social Network) was the character who seemed most out of place. The movie desperately needed a suave Lex Luther, not a schizophrenic nerd.

If the people at Warner Bros wanted BIG, they succeeded….I guess. But if they were trying to push out a well-paced intertwined story with a great villain they failed miserably. Long story short, if you’re a comic book movie fan you’ve already been on this train. If you haven’t, wait until it hits On-Demand.

Final score C-

Side Bar: Cool to see Batman on the big screen again, not much else.

Back Bar: It didn’t help that the trailers revealed about 90% of the film (sad face).

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