DISCLAIMER: IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE TRAILER, THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD.
I have been skeptical about this film from the moment that I first heard Ben Affleck was cast as Batman. Now don’t get me wrong. I didn’t go out and incessantly bash Affleck over the casting, but I did have debates on whether he could fill the shoes of Christian Bale’s performance as the Caped Crusader. One of the discussions I had with a friend was, he said to me, look at all the negative backlash that Heath Ledger got when he was cast as The Joker. But I simply responded that, Ledger had impressed me in his previous roles. For me, and simply in my opinion, Affleck has never “wowed” me. But I was willing to give him a chance, up until the newest trailer for the film came out. Writing about this subject has been an idea of mine for a long time, and I am just now putting it down on paper. So, let’s first go over the positives.
At the beginning of the trailer, we start with the meeting of both Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne. The dialogue between the two characters is interesting, as each of them questions the other on the vigilante of their city. You can cut the tension between the two with a knife. Brilliant interaction of the characters during their first meeting. Another great character to see was Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. He has a quirky take on the evil billionaire, which I am interested in seeing.
Here is where the trailer gets exciting. We get to see the fighting between Batman and Superman. The action looks great, but the dialogue seems rather predictable. “If I wanted you to die, you’d be dead already.” These clips go on and on in a montage. This is what reals you into the film. Now what comes after this is the biggest mistake, and why I chose to write this article in the first place. All of a sudden we see what looks to be an experiment by Luthor gone wrong, or Luthor’s plan all along. Here comes Doomsday sliding down the side of a building, meeting Batman face to face. So now, Batman and Superman must put their bickering aside and fight Luthor’s creation. But they cannot do that until Wonder Woman joins them as well. At this point, I’m surprised they didn’t throw in Hawkgirl , Green Lantern, Supergirl, or Aquaman. Just throw in a smorgasbord of DC characters. It just doesn’t make sense.
I’m disappointed at what looks to be the final outcome for the film. All trailer spoilers aside, we, as an audience, should get a stand alone Batman V Superman film. But now it looks as though Batman and Superman join forces, with Wonder Woman, in order to take down Luthor and Doomsday. With the arrival of the Captain America: Civil War trailer, I feel as though I, for the first time, am more excited to see a Marvel film rather than a DC film. Seeing both Captain America and Iron Man, two characters who fight for the same side, being forced into this situation to fight against each other. This is the type of Batman V Superman movie we needed. A film that would focus on beloved two characters, shaking us to our very core.
Whether you believe the film is heading down the road to disappointment, or you’re still holding out hope, let me know what you think. I will still go into this film with an open mind. I hope Batman V Superman proves me wrong, and in the end, knocks my socks off.
BATMAN V SUPERMAN
RELEASE DATE: MARCH 25, 2016 (USA)
SEE THE TRAILER HERE: