5 bad things about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (spoilers)

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Going to the advanced screening of the new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie, I had already lowered my expectations based on what I had seen from the trailers building up to the movie’s release. I walked in with no particular fondness of Man of Steel, some degree of spite that this would not be Christopher Nolan’s Batman, and hopes that maybe Jesse Eisenberg was cut from the movie entirely. While the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes for the film are looking a little bleak: there are a lot of critics and fans are really enjoying it. What I had found in talking to many friends who have seen this movie already is that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice gives you exactly what you see in the trailers. How you felt about the movie walking into the theater will only be reinforced when the final credits roll. While the movie isn’t all bad there is definitely a lot of things about Dawn of Justice that leaves much to be desired. Here are my Top 5 things about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice that I hate.

Warning: Heavy Spoilers

5. Doomsday’s Origin

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The first thing that was just plain bad about this movie is the reshaping of Doomsday’s Origins. For the record, I think it was totally unnecessary that Doomsday was in this movie in general, but the fact that they shoehorned a storyline that could have been its own movie into a subplot of a subplot in Batman v Superman was a cinema sin altogether. Despite whether you think he looked too much like Abomination from the Hulk movie, a Ninja Turtle, or even a Goomba from the Mario Brothers Movie, it wouldn’t have mattered as much if the character was actually done justice in the story. While Marvel made this same misstep in the origin story of Ultron in the latest Avengers movie, at least they flushed it out a little to make sense throughout the entire movie. In Batman v Superman, Lex Luthor spawns Doomsday from his own blood using an ancient Kryptonian technology and ritual that he know nothing about. When the computerized system tells him that it is too dangerous and that it will not allow him to create Doomsday, all he has to do is say essentially, “I don’t care. Do it anyways.”

4. Batman Killing People

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One aspect of the Batman complex that has always intrigued me about the character was the fact that despite all the ugliness that happens in Gotham, he isn’t a killer. While seen as a vigilante, murdering his foes makes him no better than the villains that he is fighting against. We have seen this angle countless times in not only Batman but in the Daredevil and Punisher series too. With the introduction of any new ‘movie’ Batman, there needs to be a re-learning period. Since we were given no point of reference as to the moral code that Ben Affleck’s Batman was going to carry, there were no preset terms of ethics set for us to set expectations, meaning we had to ‘learn on the job’. It was a little hard to chew seeing Batman wield ACTUAL  guns throughout the movie. Whether he was shooting people with guns, or even lighting them on fire, this Batman is a cold-blooded murderer. I feel this was a consequence of lazy writing or blatant disregard for one of the key character elements of Batman. Wouldn’t it have been more realistic for Batman to have created a Kryptonite containment cell to capture and study more about Superman than just make such a primitive ‘Kryptonite Spear’.

3. Bruce Wayne Is too Dumb

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While it seems I may be picking on Batman a lot, the issues with him in this movie are not because of Ben Affleck. I was definitely a Ben Affleck naysayer once it was announced that he was going to be the one to carry the cowl into the new franchise. While Affleck was not the reason Batman was a flop in this movie, it was the writing and situations he found himself in that really took one of the best comic book characters of all time and turned him into a total idiot.

In one of the more major espionage-type situations in the movie that Bruce Wayne finds himself in, there is a server room at Lex Luthor’s place that he needs to steal information from. Without any tact, he walks straight into the server room, being caught by like four characters in a series of 3 minutes. I feel like the true Bruce Wayne would have been more discreet, would have used more charm and wit than saying, “Oh, I thought this was the bathroom,” or would have at least used an awesome distraction. In the end of that sequence, he gets his hacking device stolen from him.At what was set up to be one of the film’s climactic moments, he baits Supes into a fight in Gotham. Bruce knows damn well that bullets and high-pitched sound frequencies will not stop Superman without the assistance of weakening him with Kryptonite… yet he leads him into these pointless traps anyways for absolutely no purpose. The absolute most stupid thing that Bruce ended up doing was taking the ridiculous ‘Kryptonite Spear’ and just throwing it into a pile of rubble after the fight, leaving it for literally anyone to find. After realizing that they will need it to stop Doomsday, he has an “Oh Crap” moment. Had he simply but the thing back in the Batmobile or kept it somewhere safe, it would have saved us at least 20 minutes us having to watch Lois Lane almost die trying to find it. Plain and simple Batman is supposed to be the world’s greatest detective and strategist. He thinks about every outcome and makes very few mistakes. This movie took those aspects of Batman and honestly made him just a dumb jock.

 

2. Too Many Characters, Too Soon

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The movie is called Batman v Superman. Two and a half hours of this movie could have easily just focused on these two characters alone. Much of the precious screen time that we could have had dedicated to more action between the two titular characters was absolutely wasted with scenes containing Lex Luthor, Lois Lane, Doomsday, and strange Flashpoint-esque dream sequences. I would actually propose a new title for this movie that is more accurate: Batman v Superman v Lex Luthor until Doomsday gets created and then it’s Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman v Doomsday with the promise of Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg coming soon. The Marvel Cinematic did the smart approach towards building a cohesive film universe, never overplaying their hand and really taking their time to build up their crossover story arcs. Batman v Superman really felt like DC was trying to just throw every trick up their sleeve into one movie as a shortcut. For Pete’s sake, they even ended the damn movie with the Death of Superman arc… The characters were disjointed, the pacing of the introduction of these characters was rushed and none of these legendary characters were done proper justice.

1. Jesse Eisenberg

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Personally, I would have made Jesse Eisenberg’s portrayal of whatever character he was trying to be in this movie as all five of the things I hated about this movie, but that’s too easy. This was by far the worst portrayal we have seen of Lex Luthor on the big screen we have seen to date. Despite the whole “Red capes are coming” garbage we saw in the trailers, I did honestly hold hope that throughout the movie, we would see the evolution of a character from eccentric, spoiled rich kid to a more traditional interpretation of Superman’s marquee foe. What we got was cringeworthy scene after cringeworthy scene of Eisenberg playing millennial Lex Luthor, who felt much more like Jim Carrey’s Riddler than any interpretation of Lex I have ever cared to see. I found practically no redeeming qualities for the Lex Luthor character in this cinematic universe whatsoever. What’s even worse is that he is in this movie A LOT. Given the fan outrage after the first trailer featuring Eisenberg, it feels like they edited him out of more and more of the commercials. Cutting out fifty percent or more of Lex Luthor from this move could have allowed for so much more of the movie to focus on the parts of the movie that were neglected or needed more love.

 

Well sorry to be a downer. Walking into the showing I really wanted to be surprised by Batman v Superman, but it just didn’t happen. What do you think, Internet? Agree or disagree in the comments below!

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Forged in the crucible of awkwardness and self loathing, Cory somehow manages to get himself out of bed each day and make it a priority to spend life killing Beef and going H.A.M.