I really wanted to love this movie. I am a huge Batman fan and to finally see him in a movie with Superman where they fight as well is a dream come true. I even wore my Batman T-shirt to the theatre today. That is the closest i will ever come to cosplaying so that's pretty big for me. But to be honest, this wasn't very good. It just wasn't. It was still better than Man of Steel was, but honestly not by much. But let's talk about the good parts first. This wasn't an all out disaster after all.
First of all, Ben Affleck was perfect as Bruce Wayne. He is probably the best live action version of him so far. I actually didn't even see him as Ben Affleck after a while and just saw Bruce Wayne or Batman. And speaking of Batman, it's probably the best live action Batman costume as well so far. My only complaint about it is the eyes. They looked a little goofy. I wish they had finally just gone with the white eyes. It just looks so much better. Kind of like how the Black Panther mask looks in the Civil War movie. Just cut out a mouthpiece on that one and you have a perfect Batman mask. I also really liked Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. She only shows up near the end but pretty much steals the scene from both Batman and Superman. And they gave her some epic theme music as well. I'm really looking forward to the Wonder Woman movie now. That was the two things i really liked about the movie. Now for the rest of it.
First of all, Batman now apparently kills people. They never address it in any way during the movie either, he just does. If you didn't like the few times he killed people in the Tim Burton movies then you are gonna have a real problem with this one because he mows them down with machine guns and blows them up left and right. I assume it might have something to do with the death of Robin that is hinted at, but they never say anything about it so for all we know Batman just likes to kill people now. Now this might not be a big deal for most people, but for me that has always been something that made Batman such an interesting character to me. He will beat the shit out of his villains, but he won't kill them no mater how much they deserve it because he won't stoop to their level. He felt more like The Punisher here than Batman at times. So while i think Ben Affleck was the best Bruce Wayne so far, i just can' say he was the best Batman because of that. It just rubbed me the wrong way the whole time.
And i was really sceptical to the casting of Jessie Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and it looks like i was right to be worried. He was like out of a completely different movie. He was hamming it up to the extreme. He felt more like The Riddler at times than Lex Luthor. I was hoping he would be more like how he was in The Social Network, but this was more like his performance from Zombieland or 30 Minutes or Less. I didn't like it at all. And to think Bryan Cranston was rumored for the role. Now for what people really want to see in this movie. What they payed money to see based on the title of the movie. The court case between Batman and Superman. Just kidding, i just think that is a silly title. But yeah, the fight scene between them. That's right, the one fight they have. I went into this expecting them to duke it out for the majority of the movie, but i'm pretty sure almost two hours goes by before they actually start fighting. And when you build it up for that long it better be epic.
But sadly, it turned out just okay. It had some good moments, but a lot of it is just them slamming each other through walls and switching between who gets to pound on who depending on how much kryptonite gas Batman has on him. The was the fight ends also made me chuckle a little. It's supposed to be serious, but it just comes off as pretty goofy. Now if you have seen the trailer you know that the movie doesn't actually end after their fight, but with them teaming up with Wonder Woman to fight Doomsday, and oh boy was that fight scene a fucking mess. First of all, just like every other action scene in the movie it takes place at night during a rain storm and it looks atrocious. It's also so quickly edited and shaky that i can barely tell what is happening half the time. At one point i had no idea who Doomsday just punched across the screen because it was so dark and impossible to see. I know they wanted to be all dark and gritty with this one to differentiate themselves from the Marvel movies, but this was taking it a step to far. One of the reasons people like the Marvel movies is because they can see the action. At least Man of Steel had that going for it.
And as much as i liked Wonder Woman in the movie, she was pretty much just shoehorned in at the end here. I think barely anything would have changed had she not showed up. They just needed to advertise the upcoming Wonder Woman movie. I can think of a lot more to complain about in this movie, but i think i'm gonna end my ramblings here. Overall, while it had some good moments here and there mostly thanks to Ben Affleck, in the end it was just a really disappointing movie. Like i said at the beginning i really wanted to love it, but it's impossible to ignore all of it's flaws. Hopefully the Ben Affleck directed Batman movie can make up for all of this movies problems. He was yet to direct a movie i didn't love, so i'm still pretty excited for that one.