Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice Film Review

Film Review by Jon E Clist

The Premise
Following his titanic struggle against General Zod, Metropolis has been razed to the ground and Superman is the most controversial figure in the world. While for many he is still an emblem of hope, a growing number of people consider him a threat to humanity, seeking justice for the chaos he has brought to Earth. As far as Bruce Wayne is concerned, Superman is clearly a danger to society. He fears for the future of the world with such a reckless power left ungoverned, and so he dons his mask and cape to right Superman's wrongs. The rivalry between them is furious, fueled by bitterness and vengeance, and nothing can dissuade them from waging this war. However, a dark new threat arises in the form of a third man: one who has a power greater than either of them to endanger the world and cause total destruction!

The Review
There’s no doubt that one of the clever elements of the DC world is the split between Batfans and Superfans, generally you are one or the other. For me I was always in the Supes camp and to be fair I am so in the supes camp that I have a Superman ring and have come so close to having a Superman logo tattooed on my arm. In fact, I would go so far as to say that even though I generally enjoyed the earlier Batman films, Superman was always my go to superhero. It wasn’t until the pairing of Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale that the scales began to balance in my fanboy world.

To be clear though, I don’t think I have ever owned a comic book of either of these characters and yet I would be remiss if I didn’t own up to having several action figures in my movie memorabilia shelves… Ha ha Anyway, just wanted to give you a bit of background that although I am not a “Know the full history of the DC universe” kind of guy, I am very much a Superman and Batman fan.

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The Verdict
One of the best superhero films to be released so far. Moody, brooding and as full of emotion as a My Chemical Romance Album. Cinematically stunning and overloaded with dazzling brilliance and fisticuffs. The only thing that let it down slightly was the lack of humour. There was plenty of opportunity for Batman and Superman to mock each other and lighten the situation and yet it all continued like someone had pee’d in their morning coffee…

The Trailer 
(Just the teaser cause I don't wanna give much away)

The Info
Releases: 24th March 2016
Rating: M – Contains violence
Duration: 151 minutes 
Genre:  Action
Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jeremy Irons
Director: Zack Snyder (300)

The Extras
Ben Affleck asked Christian Bale for any advice he could give about playing Batman. Bale told him to "make sure you can piss in that suit." The two men met quite by accident in a costume shop. They were both buying a Batman costume for their kids.

Henry Cavill put on twice the amount of muscle mass for this film than he did for Man of Steel (2013). His trainer said that it was possible because Cavill had kept up a lot of his Superman fitness regiment in the break between the two films, so they were able to build on that foundation and achieve an even bigger body this time around.

A rough cut of the film was shown for the executives at Warner Bros. They were reportedly so impressed that they not only gave the film a standing ovation, but also began negotiating a deal with Ben Affleck to have him make three solo Batman movies, rather than the original plan to make only one.

In an interview with Jimmy Fallon, Ben Affleck said he was warned by Warner Bros. about the possible negative reaction to his casting and was advised to remain off the Internet after the casting announcement. He also said to assuage his concerns the studio showed him negative comments that fans had initially made to previous superhero castings. Affleck said in spite of the studio warnings he still checked out an online message board. The first comment he read was "Affleck as Batman? NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!" After seeing that he immediately went offline.

The film was originally pitched in August 2001 by Andrew Kevin Walker, with Wolfgang Petersen to direct and Akiva Goldsman to script. Goldman's script had Bruce Wayne's fiancée slain by the Joker, which sends him on a revenge rampage and brings him into conflict with Superman who tries to stop him. The film was shelved, but in Goldsman's I Am Legend (2007), a teaser poster for the film (the Superman shield inside a bat) was seen in the opening scene.

Ben Affleck gained an additional 20lbs of muscle and reached 8% body fat for his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman.

According to Ben Affleck, he was surprised when he was offered the Batman role and was at first hesitant to commit to it. He was won over after a meeting with director Zack Snyder, who pitched Affleck his vision of Batman and showed him concept art for the film.

Christian Bale mentioned in an interview that he felt like he wanted to continue playing Batman. He then jokingly said, "I'm jealous of someone else playing Batman." Bale portrayed Bruce Wayne/ Batman in the Dark Knight Trilogy.

Ben Affleck will portray Batman in this film, Suicide Squad (2016), The Justice League Part One (2017), Untitled Batman Reboot, Justice League Part Two (2019), and possibly 2 sequels to the Untitled Batman Reboot.