S: “Too much.”
That’s all I said when my buddy J asked how Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was. He was shocked.
J: “That’s it huh?”
Of course that wasn’t it! I’m a verbose mother fucker, especially when it comes to movie universes (movieverses). (I mean I didn’t love Star Wars more than any other movie universe by accident, it had the biggest universe, the largest space for my imagination to play in, and each movie made it bigger and better, plus Han Solo.) When Cost (that’s a person, a Loft Boy from high school to be exact) asked me the other night about the development of Marvel and DCmovieverses, I talked without breathing for about 20 minutes. So I’ve put some serious thought into the creation of these movieverses. (And I’m working on a separate piece about how the TVverses v. movieverses, but before I get WAY off track [TOO LATE!] let’s get back to Bats v Supes.) After that small amount of prodding, I couldn’t contain myself anymore,
S: [Zach] “Snyder is more spectacle than substance and they tried to catch up to 8 years of Marvel movies in one fell swoop. Snyder’s DC universe resembles [Michael] Bays’ Transformers universe inasmuch as it looks like a magnificent spectacle but the beauty is barely even skin deep.”
It looks fantastic. The effects are great. The costumes are superb. Technically it shines, but it is flimsy because in trying to do so much in 2.5 hours they weren’t able to do anything in depth. Snyder didn’t give his actors anything to do in this movie and as a result, there are gross amounts of underperformance, except for the 2 cases of gross over performance. The subtlety and nuance that often separate great comic books from decent comic books is also what is missing from this movie.
That’s a simple summary but its spoiler free, and no one appreciates that more than me. You can watch this movie, its fun. There are some epically good moments that any comic book fan will enjoy. They do some of the classic DC shots from comics far more than justice. There are a lot of cool pieces that set up the rest of the DCmovieverse, and sadly many that will make you groan because its just “too much.”
Now let’s get into some details, so if you haven’t seen it yet, and don’t want spoilers stop reading.
I take this spoiler shit very seriously, so stop now if you don’t want any.
I won’t warn you again.
Ok I lied, but this is your last warning for sure. Continue reading