Film Review: ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’

Batman v Superman
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Zack Snyder paves the way for a DC Comics universe on the big screen with an exhilarating, scattered showdown between two comicbook titans.

Who would win in a fight, Batman or Superman? Could the Flash outrun Superman? Could Superman craft a boulder so heavy even he couldn’t lift it? While “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” ostensibly seeks to tackle the first of those evergreen schoolyard hypotheticals, it’s the third that ends up proving the biggest litmus test for director Zack Snyder. Tasked with colliding the two most archetypal of American superheroes while also answering critics of his last outing, “Man of Steel,” and perhaps most importantly, paving the way for an extended DC Comics universe of films on which much of Warner Bros. future bottom line relies, Snyder has set a Sisyphean task for himself. That this very long, very brooding, often exhilarating and sometimes scattered epic succeeds as often it does therefore has to be seen as an achievement, and worldwide box office should be sufficiently lucrative to ensure future installments proceed on schedule. But amidst all the grueling work of saving the world and shouldering a franchise toward the heights, it would be nice to see these heroes, and this series, take a few more breathers to enjoy the view.

Proving that the placement of names in the title isn’t simply alphabetical, the first few reels of “Batman v Superman” are dominated by the Caped Crusader, with controversial casting Ben Affleck stepping quite comfortably into the role. That the film opens with yet another operatic depiction of the young Bruce Wayne’s most formative trauma is perhaps unavoidable — Thomas and Martha Wayne have been killed so many times in so many different media that their deaths may as well be one of the Stations of the Cross — but our first glimpse of the adult Wayne is hardly standard issue. Taking a civilian-level view of the cataclysmic destruction of Metropolis that ended “Man of Steel” on a contentious note, we watch as Wayne attempts to remotely evacuate his own Metropolitan Wayne Enterprises skyscraper, crippled by a wayward Superman (Henry Cavill) as he battles with General Zod just outside the frame. Despite his mad drive through the battle-torn streets, Wayne arrives just in time to watch, horrified, as a friendly security guard loses his legs and a young girl becomes an orphan.

Setting Wayne up as the film’s initial conscience is one of Snyder’s most interesting gambles, especially as his Batman quickly evolves into the most morally ambiguous iteration of the character yet seen on film. More than willing to shoot, brutalize and kill if the need arises, this Batman is still a figure of mystery in Gotham, and Snyder refrains from showing us the character in full cowl until surprisingly late in the game.

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Fortunately, Affleck’s Wayne — here sporting salt-and-pepper temples and all the baggage of a man who, as faithful butler Alfred (Jeremy Irons) notes, “got too old to die young, and not for want of trying” — is a winningly cranky, charismatic presence even when out of costume. Diving headfirst into the sorts of detective work that Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy often short-shrifted, Wayne casts a skeptical eye on Superman while investigating a mysterious underworld figure named White Portuguese, his tracks traced by an equally mysterious woman (Gal Gadot).

Meanwhile, Superman has hardly recovered from the fallout of his chaotic battle with Zod when controversy strikes yet again. Though he’s been welcomed as a savior by most of Metropolis, in the course of rescuing Lois Lane (Amy Adams) from a terrorist interview gone awry, he’s blamed for the deaths of several African villagers. This attracts the scrutiny of the crusading southern Senator Finch (Holly Hunter), who heads up a Congressional Superman Committee, disturbed by the Krypton’s exercise of unilateral power.

She gains an uneasy ally in a cheeky young industrialist named Alexander “Lex” Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg, retaining his Zuckerbergian misanthropy from “The Social Network” and his stringy, Cobainian hair from “American Ultra”), who hopes to seduce her into allowing him to import a mysterious glowing green substance discovered in the Indian Ocean. Scarfing Jolly Ranchers, quoting Nabokov and showing up to formal events wearing a white blazer and sneakers, Eisenberg tackles Luthor as the brogrammer from hell, a chattily malevolent presence who provides the only real moments of levity in the film.

Juggling all of these strands while steadily beating the drum toward the battle promised in the title, Snyder sometimes loses track of his various allegories. Scripters Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer provide kernels of philosophical and theological quandaries throughout, while their nods toward contemporary political debates are more complex than the scattered visual gags (such as an anti-Superman protester waving an “Aliens Are Un-American” placard) might seem to imply. Yet the essential clash of ideologies promised by the central conflict — vigilante justice vs. self-sacrificing restraint, night vs. day, Dionysus vs. Apollo — never develops quite as forcefully as it should, and the life-or-death battle between the two icons ultimately comes down to a series of misunderstandings.

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While “Batman v Superman’s” Dark Knight may be more of a pure punisher than some fans would prefer, Snyder’s conception of the character at least feels fully formed. Superman remains something of a work-in-progress. (If nothing else, it’s strange to see Clark Kent cast a more brooding figure than Bruce Wayne.) Daily Planet scenes are even more perfunctory this time around, and Adams’ Lois has plenty to do but little to say. 

As a pure visual spectacle, however, “Batman v Superman” ably blows the hinges off the multiplex doors, and editor David Brenner does excellent work to comprehensibly streamline the chaos, capably captured by d.p. Larry Fong. Composers Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL are again key assets here, with Gadot’s theme in particular proving quite infectious. Snyder largely tamps down his penchant for hyper-stylized combat imagery until the end, when he stages a series of galactic battles that take style notes from sources as varied as classic WWE rumbles and Harryhausen creature features. As overblown as the lengthy showdown might become, Snyder gets closer than ever before to the chiaroscuro palette of classic comics, and even if his scrupulous efforts to avoid reopening “Man of Steel’s” collateral damage debates are a bit on the nose, at least he’s clearly received the message.

Film Review: 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'

Reviewed at AMC Universal Citywalk 19, Universal City, March 22, 2016. MPAA rating: PG-13. Running time: 153 MIN.

Production

A Warner Bros. Pictures release and presentation in association with Ratpac-Dune Entertainment of an Atlas Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual production. Produced by Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder. Executive producers, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas, Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns, David S. Goyer, Steven Mnuchin.

Crew

Directed by Zack Snyder. Screenplay, Chris Terrio, David S. Goyer. Camera (color, IMAX), Larry Fong; editor, David Brenner; music, Hans Zimmer, Junkie XL; production designer, Patrick Tatopoulos; costume designer, Michael Wilkinson; supervising art director, Troy Sizemore; set decorator, Carolyn Loucks; sound (Dolby Atmos), Michael McGee; sound designer, Scott Hecker; re-recording mixers, Chris Jenkins, Michael Keller;  visual effects supervisor, John “DJ” Desjardin; visual effects, MPC, Scanline, Weta Digital, Double Negative, Method, Shade, Perception; 2nd unit camera, Bill Dagleish; assistant director, Bruce G. Moriarty; casting, Kristy Carlson, Lora Kennedy.

With

Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Gal Gadot, Scoot McNairy, Michael Shannon.

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  1. Donald says:

    Batman v Superman, it was a good movie

  2. George Hunt says:

    Your literature is below the standards that everyone held this money to

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    • Max Sherman says:

      Dear Mr. Barker,

      Your review stood out to me among those as it is in a heavy minority. You are one of a very few to have an overall positive opinion in regards to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I seek to add to the conversation and point out some personal curiosities without spoiling key plot of the movie for the benefit of those who have yet to watch.
      Batman v. Superman fails in that its villains fail. Ostensibly the film has a single major villain, Lex Luther, but one can expand this to say Superman as well as a tertiary villain I will not name. All three are riddled with holes. First, Lex, who you mention passingly and without praise or disent, who is the worst offender. Setting aside that he is in no way similar to his comic book basis (an issue for a separate time), he is simply done poorly. Victim to the villainy for villainy’s sake issue, he hipsterizes and twitches his way through the movie. His small and odd form, assumingly an attempt to counter the more powerful figures drawn by batman and superman, does not fit an imposing bill among these fighting gods.
      Superman, the villain in the eyes of Batman and some of the American people, while ethically interesting, does not hold up. The explanations that are given for how Luther makes people believe in Superman’s villainy are weak to nonsensical and the ethical dilemmas that could make him interesting are really just set dressing as the movie moves at a mile a minute to jam pack its long run time.
      Both the third villain as well as the villain hinted at for future films is just cinematic overkill. Again, attempting to avoid details, the film butchers one of the most famous Superman stories to have been written to exist as a capstone. The character becomes nothing more than a punching bag without motivation, history, or anything to give it weight other than it being scary looking (which is barely the case). What possible time they could have used to flesh out this extra villain was stolen by a huge swath of time dedicated to setting up the next film’s villain.
      The film failed because it wanted to give the characters so many challenges that it did not give them any one good one. They may have been worthy of a fight scene, but not worthy of the ethical elements that the film claimed to deal with. Neither Superman or Batman are centered around fighting bad guys, but why they fight and how the world responds to them. That is their story, but this was not their story.

  4. JMBeach says:

    I have been a fan of comic book hero’s since I was a child. I am now thirty one year old and batman and superman has always been my favorite. I am not a movie critic nor do I work for Warner Brothers or any other comic books or branch of the DC world. I am just a simple everyday fan who went to see a movie that pertains to his favorite super hero’s. Speaking as a fan I would like to say that batman vs superman is one of the most poorly done movie I’ve ever seen in a long time. It look like it was put together in a hurry. The movie jumps from place to place and for batman being the worlds most favorite detective he is actually very stupid. You put batman and superman together for the promotion of Justice League one and two. The ratings are going to be high when it first comes out especially if its about peoples two favorite super hero’s. People have been waiting to see it for a long time. My point is its going to be high when it first comes out whether its good or bad, because people don’t know what they are going to see; So you can’t go by the ratings when it first comes out. Of course its going to be high Its Batman and Superman dah! After the disappointment of Dawn of Justice all I can say is I am hoping for Man of Steel 2 to make up for the disappointment of Batman versus Superman.
    Stop comparing the movies to the politics of the times.
    Thank goodness for wonder woman she is truly a team player. Something that batman and superman did not portray. I could not keep still in my seat because of my favorite heroes beating one another to a pulp! Oh by the way you missed the boat on your choice of Lex Luthor. He was awkward and look like he did not belong. Bravo a spectacular failure and how sad! I hope the movies in the future pertaining to super heroes are better and more exciting. The actor that played superman is contracted for four movies and man of steel and dawn of justice was two movies and justice league one and two will be the other two movies and that will make up the four. I strongly suggest that you contract them for at least one more movie so you can make man of steel 2, and this will make up hopefully for the bitter disappointment that Dawn of Justice was.

  5. Gabe says:

    the critics don’t mattter

  6. Yeah, artfully written review – but did you like it or not?

  7. Superman fan says:

    I just saw the movie .. I thought it was a very good movie .. critics are always trying to read to much into a movie.

  8. Batman fan says:

    I loved the batman suit and enjoyed Affleck as the Bat. The fight scenes were incredible and I will definitely go see it again. I could do without dream sequences, but if that’s all I have bad to say, then I think Zack Snyder do a good job. I feel like the dream sequences may make sense after a sequel. I think the critics are being way too harsh, but the money the film makes will say it all.

  9. My husband and I went to see Batman V Superman and we actually enjoyed it. We formed OUR own opinions and we thought it was good. Yes there was violence but that is expected. Yes, there is a fight between Batman and Superman, but it is worth waiting for. And seeing Wonder Woman is a great addition. We get everything we want in a superhero movie and more. I think adding Ben Affleck as Batman was a great plan. He more than redeems himself after Daredevil.

    I think it is our own reviews and opinions that matter…not the critics. We are the ones who go see the movies and pay our own money. If we like movie, then we like it and give good reviews. If we don’t, then there are bad reviews. All in all, it was a good movie, if a bit sad at the end. But we all know he will return in future movies. Can’t wait for the next movies to come out….in the DC world. Go see the movie and judge for yourself, not what the critics are saying. It is a good movie.

  10. Kurt says:

    This film had disaster written all over it when it was announced back in 2013. Anybody who followed the production is not shocked by the terrible reviews. It was okay when it was a Batman/Superman, but cramming the DC universe in this movie was garbage. Instead making a good movie, they are focused on this universe garbage.

    • Charlie Hobbs says:

      Hated Ben Aflac as The Daredevil, but loved him as The Batman. I usually buy and wear Superman shirts but now looking to purchase Batman shirts. Seems to be a lot of haters out there for this movie but for me, I Loved it! Cyborg. Wow! Wonderman Oh yah Not sure about Aquaman.

  11. Sara says:

    WT…!!!!!Neyl Degrasse Tyson What are you doing there man???? hahahaha The worst superhero movie I’ve seen so far

  12. Bobby says:

    Nice puff piece review. This was the worst movie since Troy. Directed for shit. I’ve never seen such poor performances from any of these actors. Attempts to build connections to characters were so flat I wanted to leave the theater I was so insulted. Whatever geniuses approved the casting, script, and actually released this steaming turd should be fired. Snyder, 300 and watchmen were great, everything else you’ve done since is shit. Congratulations, you have destroyed a potentially endless cinematic world.
    Way to go Fuckers, you not only killed superman and Batman, but all the DC franchises that could lead have been amazing.

  13. “Snyder gets closer than ever before to the chiaroscuro palette of classic comics”. You clearly don’t know what Chiaroscuro art is and you clearly have not even bother to open a “classic” comic book before to realize they are opposite of chiaroscuro. You seem to believe that making this movie darker and mostly in the dark conveys a sense of chiaroscuro. The reference to the “classic” comics is most likely from the heavy shading used back. This, does not convey or resemble any type of chiaroscuro art. Once colors were used this then made the comics completely opposite, with heavy use of bright and colorful shades.

    Please don’t sound so fcking ignorant by trying too hard to sound smart. I respect Christopher Hitchens and his excellent use of language but you, you’re just a pathetic hack.

  14. This had to be the best COMIC BOOK movie to date. I love the risk it took and how well it actually is introducing a huge franchise. There is no better way to do it, this is the comic book movie we needed for so long. DC did another game changer for damn sure! It’s only a matter of time until Marvel stops recycling plots and copies DC again.

  15. AJL says:

    The writer of this article seems to not understand the story behind the fight between batman vs superman…it is all about misunderstandings…unlike Marvel’s Civil War which is about clashing ideologies between Captain America and Iron Man. Batman and Superman face each other again in the future, but during this point in time it is about misunderstandings that lead to the coming together and forming the Justice League.

    • Marc says:

      That’s because the writing and directing of this mess DID NOT MAKE IT CLEAR. Bad. And no one really cares. It’s just a kids film, after all.

  16. BK says:

    Variety may as well just fold up its tent, if they’re now having this kind of reviewer – what are this guy’s credentials? He can’t really write, he doesn’t know how to be clear, and anyone, ANYONE who would say this mess of a movie is in any way good should not be reviewing for a trade paper.

    • Sam says:

      How pathetic- to assume someone who likes a certain film shouldn’t be reviewing movies. Sounds to me like you’re just hopping on this unavailing, pretentious bandwagon.

  17. Jacques Strappe says:

    Guano vs Supermano

  18. joshua adams says:

    Mr. Snyder and Mr. Nolan,
    Its clear here in these early days prior to the release of Batman v. Superman that the outcry of fans over the last few years to not destroy the DC Cinematic Universe apparently fell on deaf ears and that you continued to trudge along and do your own thing regardless.
    I think back to 2013 and 2014 when movies like this and, indeed the idea of a larger DC Cinematic Universe were being discussed in all the relative media, podcasts, newsfeeds, network news, etc. The early precedents being set by the DCCU creators and developers (who you now represent) were baffling to us as fans. I am reminded of early reports of a ‘No Jokes’ policy in response to the poorly received Green Lantern film, or the ‘We refuse to be like Marvel’ attitude towards a connected TV and Film universe, and I beg of you this simple question; “How’s that workin’ out for ya?”
    You see, you as producer and director and overall controlling parties of (at the very least) the cinematic portion of this universe, missed the point; which is how do we entertain our fans. You remember those? The people that buy the comics, purchase the movie tickets, influence their friends and families to buy the comics and purchase the movie tickets. Who spend thousands of dollars on merchandise and stand in line for everything from movie premieres to action figures? Those guys/gals?
    Well, you pissed in their faces when you put in place silly edicts regarding how your universe would be created and moderated. We told you not to and then told each other; “Ah, they’re just playing they’re not really gonna do that….right?” Fans want interconnectivity. It wasn’t a purely ‘Disney/Marvel’ idea but rather Disney/Marvel adopted it because they had the forethought to start world building and weaving according to what their fan base WANTED to see. They realized early that fans wanted to see shows and films that played off each other and featured cross overs and interconnected in a way that was similar to…well, to comics.
    But much like your comics universe has failed to maintain any sort of continuity (despite having some of the best characters and story arcs in history) you chose to keep your nose in the air like an arrogant teenager and trudge on despite what your fans were telling you. In your defense, there are many others as equally responsible that simply don’t have the spotlight that you two do (Geoff J. and Kevin T. we are looking right at you!) but as you have chosen (or rather been chosen) to represent the creative direction of the films and WB/DCCU as a whole, then you are going to bear the brunt of the retaliation that we TOLD you would be forthcoming. Early reviews of BvS are heartbreakingly sad featuring words and phrases like ‘too dark’, ‘too violent’, ‘overly brooding’, ‘taking itself far too seriously’, and my personal favorite ‘absolutely abysmal’. And I am here to tell you why.
    Those fans that you ignored? Those people aren’t just, how was it one DC associate put it?: ‘…Bottom feeding fanboys sitting at home in their mothers basement complaining about how we should govern and steer a potential multibillion dollar franchise, of course we’re not going to take that seriously!’
    No, they are bankers, lawyers, politicians, engineers, and almost every nook and cranny in between including critics. Yeah, that’s right. Those same ‘fanboys’ that you sneered at and ignored are sitting in judgement of your film early on right now and telling the rest of the world that the DC Cinematic Universe is doomed based on this second foray in the franchise. And the sad part is it will absolutely without a doubt do damage to other properties from other writers/directors/actors who plan to feature in future properties in this franchise. It is undoubtedly too late for films like Wonder Woman and perhaps even the first Justice League film for you to make this realization, change your ways and begin to make the kind of changes to ALL of your properties (Television and Film) in such a way as to swing this all back up, but the least you could do is admit to it early on. Take credit for the failure and the lack of attentiveness to fans needs and start to make amends.
    Do you want to succeed in the same way that Marvel has? Or at the very least in the same way Fox has? (Sorry Fox but you really are the middle child here) Do you want to get out of this corner your painting yourself into?
    Then start with interconnectivity in your TV and Film universes. It is, after all, so easy for you to do and the solution for unfucking this situation is sitting right in front of you. I mentioned earlier that DC comics has always had an issue with continuity but somehow every few years manages to shake things up with some ‘universe altering event’ like an ‘Infinity-Something’ or a ‘Flashpoint’ and manages to reel things in just enough to be interesting again. Hell, Mark Waid gave you pretty much the ALLTIME solution with Elseworlds. Let these next few films play out and use your existing Television properties to begin to lay the foundation in story for something coming. Something big and ‘universe-altering’. Then…do it. Shake it all up but keep your players. Keep the Steven Amells and the Ben Afflecks, and the Henry Cavills and for God’s sake the Matt Ryans but paint them in a new interconnected light. Your options at that point will be endless and only as far as the imagination of your writers can take you. It won’t ‘limit’ but rather it will expand the canvass that they are capable of creating on.
    Secondly, and maybe even most importantly in some ways…ditch this dark dystopian outlook you currently have in the film portion of the franchise. In the famous words of Heath Ledger; “Why so Serious??’ And for the most part I am talking to you Zack. Not every film needs to be as dire as ‘300’ or as dark and deconstructing as ‘Watchmen’. Yeah, we get it, that’s your bread and butter but if that’s the case then maybe you’re not the guy for any job other than Batman or maybe even some of the darker DC characters. Which brings me to you Christopher…find the right talent for the project. It’s ok to do some movies in the DCCU with levity and some should be dark but it’s a matter of finding the right person for the job and not just sticking to the dark grey to black end of the scale. If you can’t then get out of the way and let someone else take the reins. I highly recommend Bruce Timm or Paul Dini.
    Its not too late to get your heads out of your asses and turn this thing around. If you don’t the DCCU will be a flash in the pan and will not survive the next 2 years’ worth of productions, TV or otherwise, with the exception of a few gems like Arrow and Flash. Which now that I brought those two up; can you guess why they have been SOOOOOO successful on the CW?
    Interconnectivity and a sense of humor.
    Not to mention a constantly fluctuating backdrop of both the brightest of days and the darkest of nights. Ha! See what I did there?

    • JASON ROSS says:

      TLDR

    • Sinic says:

      This is a place for comments, not essays. If you want people to read what you have to say then please learn to be concise.

      • BR says:

        Dude save the stream of consciousness gabage for your blog. No one will read it there either, but at least it won’t be up here.

    • bigjonnyko says:

      well I see ur point and tend to lean towards ur side of the argument, but oh my goodness! ur critique and subsequent explanation of ur view is without a main plot and as long winded as the movie your complaining about! I really think you could have made ur point, and probably had more readers agree with you, with less word vomit and more eloquence. just my opinion though, ain’t worth much…

  19. So was it good? Not sure what to make of this review.

  20. Jim Karras says:

    Andrew Barker’s review does a lot of tap dancing, but if you read between the lines, he basically admits the movie isn’t that good, but he enjoyed it anyway.

  21. Kurt says:

    Dc fanboys are freaking out! Bunch of raging smug face jerks who can’t take criticism!!

  22. gabe says:

    I’m of 2 minds

  23. Renota Johns says:

    It make me extremely angry , that D.C has pitted to Superheroes to fight against each other.
    Batman has Gadgets, while Superman is a real super hero.
    Batman is Cocky just like Iron Man and the other thing that got going for them is their billions. Superman has never harmed anyone or taking any life and he’s always done the right thing he’s upstanding so why put him up against Batman as a villain period when Batman is the villain he thinks it’s his job to take down Superman for what he perceived as Superman being a danger to Earth. I really hate that the director of the writers went into this way to take one of our best-known superheroes and make a sham out of him. everybody’s asking the question who could be who could win in a battle that’s a joke. Superman if he killed , Batman would be toast.

    • Knighthawk36 says:

      I started reading comic books in the 60’s. During my childhood and teen years, it was a common theme for two heroes to fight the first time they met due to misconceptions and misunderstandings.

    • Shaun Curran says:

      There are numerous storylines in DC Comics history that pit Batman and Superman against each other. Most notably “The Dark Knight Returns”, but many other times as well. Their different ideologies clash and this comes to a head time and time again. This wasn’t some Hollywood derived idea – it’s been around for over 30 years.

  24. Bill B. says:

    This is better than other reviews I have read. What has happened to Amy Adams career?! She was in so many good films for a while there, but there hasn’t been anything substantial or good since American Hustle.

  25. SO BATMAN IS KILLING?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? Since Superman killed in the last one, and now the comic book character who refuses to kill MORE THAN ANYONE is shooting people. This is completely fucked, and so transparent it’s horrific to imagine what’s next! Fuck you, Wonskolaser Brothers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Ironbob says:

    What a crapstorm of politically correct gobble-de-gook.

  27. druxmanworks says:

    Since I’m even having problems following the storyline in this review, I think I’ll past on this one.

  28. Jonathan Lee says:

    So embarrassing… So many talented people and such a bad movie…

  29. Scott R. Lucado says:

    “…their deaths may as well be one of the Stations of the Cross…” People who know nothing about Catholicism really shouldn’t refer to it. The author embarrasses himself.

  30. When first proposed years ago, it was a stupid idea. It still is. I have no interest in seeing this mishmash at all.

  31. Ben Kabak says:

    Only DC fanboys will like it.

  32. sheri says:

    The film is exceptional, deserved to get fantastic results.

  33. Fre says:

    so the review is…crappy movie but I like it

  34. Mattprime86 says:

    A native from Krypton is called a Kryptonian.

  35. Jay Gertlander says:

    “Tasked with colliding the two most archetypal of American superheroes … Snyder has set a Sisyphean task for himself.” No he hasn’t. Sisyphean doesn’t mean “challenging”, it means repeating the same job endlessly. If you’re going allude to mythology to impress your readers, look it up first.

  36. Mudohgy says:

    Wow this article was terrible. It is not a review. It’s basically just someone trying to use big words and then listing some spoilers and then the article ends.

  37. uughh was it good or wasn’t it ??

  38. Gary Miller says:

    I come from the “World’s Finest” era when these two were friends, working side-by-side for the common goal of fighting crime. It’s a shame for us “old-timers” that the first pairing of these two iconic DC characters has to have them battling each other, and not the bad guys. I would have much preferred to see them battling the Joker and Lex Luthor…united.

  39. They are getting my money.

    • Gary Miller says:

      One problem with the review is calling Superman a “Krypton” (“disturbed by the Krypton’s exercise in unilateral power”). Superman is a KRYPTONIAN…the planet he came from is “Krypton”.

  40. Ryan says:

    Umm..so the longtime question has always been, “Can God make a rock so big that even He can’t lift it?” Superman doesn’t “craft boulders.” It seems the writer was so in need for something to fill out his rule-of-three’s that he had to steal that cliche, and thought his readers were too dumb to notice. Either that or he was proud of the juxtaposition of that with the other religious allusions of his article. Perhaps he should have spent less time on that part and more time looking up the difference between a review and a cliff’s notes style summary.

  41. Scooter McStabbin says:

    I’m still trying to figure out how some of you found the words in this review daunting. Is variety mostly visited by people with GEDs instead of degrees?

    • Bernie says:

      don’t be a douche. Compare the vocabulary to that of A.V. Club or The Verge. It’s much more advanced. It’s Variety’s style though

  42. mauidreaming says:

    No mention of Wonder Woman?

  43. Nick says:

    Audiences are TIRES of these ugly, bland, dark and brooding children’s comic movies. At least Marvel has a sense of humour. Too bad warner brothers doesn’t have one. Awful.

  44. jean says:

    Your review makes it sound like it is a crappy movie, but you like it.

  45. Carl says:

    No schoolboy ever has debated whether Superman could “craft a boulder so heavy even he couldn’t lift it”. Superman does not craft boulders, as any schoolboy or girl who’s ever read a Superman comic knows.

  46. Great review, really acknowledges the magnitude of the task Snyder set himself and how it soared or remained grounded.

  47. Schadenfreude says:

    I had no problem understanding this review. Damn, these bros sure are dumb.

  48. cadavra says:

    So the takeaway here is that Andrew should use smaller words because the American educational system has failed to teach millennials anything above two syllables?

  49. kevthepoet says:

    Batman with guns is not Batman. The robotic suit is accurate to the comics, because in a particular comic where Batman fights Superman he wears a robotic suit. But Batman using guns is just wrong on so many levels. He is vehemently against firearms due to his parents being shot in front of him. I’m sorry but a Batman who shoots is not Batman.

  50. That’s Batman? It looks more like Robocop.

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