BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (2016)
Zack Snyder’s film based on a screenplay by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer which takes its inspiration from THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS by Frank Miller and The Death of Superman Story arc while attempting to follow an original premise of its own. Though I found the first thirty minutes of this picture quite compelling and intriguing it quickly dissipated into a storyline that stretched the imagination along with a “who cares what happens kind of attitude.” I mean how many times does Hollywood need to film the killing of Bruce Wayne’s parents which I seem to believe I’ve already seen about three times in various other film versions. Uniting two iconic characters in the DC comics universe seems to have been the main reason to launch and reboot the Batman franchise, while re-energizing the Superman franchise started with MAN OF STEEL five years ago. In order for an audiences’ involvement in a film it must be believable and that includes science fiction and fantasy. In other words you have to buy into the story and the only real reason this film seems to have been produced is to make money by rehashing storylines that have been done before with an over abundance of CGI effects which at times are mind numbing in their intensity and length. Also if someone could please explain to me why Superman is able to sense whenever Lois Lane is in trouble, but when the same thing seems to happen to his beloved mother Martha Kent, he is totally unawares of her predicament? Since he seems to be able to be anywhere in the world in the blink of an eye, why does he seem to have ESP only for certain circumstances? The world is in a constant state of chaos in this picture and even Superman or Batman or Wonder Woman cannot solve the vast majority of problems presented here, namely a train wreck of a plot. This picture has a fine cast of actors and I must say that every time Holly Hunter (playing Senator June Finch) was on screen the picture automatically elevated itself into classic territory, but alas she was only a supporting character done away with far too soon. This picture also stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince. This again proves that no amount of money or resources can guarantee a pictures’ quality and the fact that it is doing quite well at the domestic and international boxoffice probably guarantees pictures of this nature will continue to be produced.