This week DC released their most ambitious project and the fantasy of many comic book fans was brought to life. Yes, we’re talking about Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. As epic as the film has been, it has also been mired in unwarranted controversies, both pre-release and post-release. Firstly, the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman didn’t go down too well with DC fans. Now to be honest, after a stellar performance by Christian Bale in Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, it’s obvious that any casting would be a topic of debate. But Affleck exceeds expectation both as Bruce Wayne and as Batman and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that he’s capable of taking over the mantle and have a long run as the caped crusader.
Coming to the post-release strifes and bunch of negative feedback by critics, the movie is not as bad as being portrayed. Yes, it has its share of loopholes, but which movie doesn’t? We need to understand that this was NOT a Batman movie but a Superman movie. The Director Zack Snyder, however, did a fantastic job of keeping the scale balanced but still slightly tipping in the favour of Batman because, of course, he is Batman.
The character building of Batman from ground up at a fast pace all while sticking to the main storyline might have been the toughest task for Snyder. He did well there and deserves a round of applause. The other critical task would be the fight sequence between the Bat of Gotham and Son of Krypton. A human standing up to a nearly indestructible and unkillable demigod and (almost) killing him, displaying this in a realistic and believable way would not have been easy. But Snyder passed that test too.
Next surprise in the bag was other members of the Justice League, especially Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot looks like she was born to play this role. In spite of a limited screen time, she very much made her presence (and absence) felt throughout the movie. Others introduced were Aquaman, The Flash and possibly Cyborg, although no official statement has been made yet. All these metas will be seen joining force in the Justice League movie.
WHY THE UPROAR?
Personally, I believe that the movie was well made, and meets our expectations. However, the rivalry between Marvel fans and DC fans is at an all-time high with Civil War movie releasing in less than two months, and (not so) coincidentally, there too we’ll see the main two heroes involved in fist fights. And Marvel fans have had an upper hand. So they’ll do their best to ambush BvS and are succeeding to some level. I’m a big time Marvel fan myself but let’s appreciate the efforts of the actors as well the director. As for the haters, there’s only one thing we can say, “People hate what they don’t understand.”