Well yes, many fan’s ears and eyes probably have from just the beginning scene of this movie alone from sheer frustration and popping a vein trying to comprehend what is going on. As a DC fan myself, I have to say I was rather dissapointed in what was seen from this movie. Before I get into that though, lemme go into the actual positives before I start ripping into what made this a rather silly film.
The atmosphere for the world of DC, dark and gritty, I think this is a strong thing to have. I think it really separates the MCU and DCCU in terms of how the movie plays out, for better or worse. Many may argue that’s a bad thing since Marvel is so successful, but the same formula is not going to work for everything and it’s silly that people would even try saying “OH, MARVEL IS BETTER. UR MOVIES SUCK. DC SUCKS. X’D” Well one, if memory serves, Marvel ‘borrowed’ a lot of content from DC so many of the fan favorite heroes and storylines would never be a thing if not for DC’s inspiration. So trying to hold a candle to Marvel and DC in that regard is just..ironic. Two, Marvel has been in the game for years in movies for superheroes. They’ve had success, yes but trying to compare a film franchise to one in it’s crib is just bluntly idiotic. Marvel has had it’s faults and bad movies too..like Iron Man 3 or Incredible Hulk. Or even Avengers 2, was frankly a mess but not here to talk about Marvel. Here to talk about DC and what they have on the table.
Ben Afflack is perhaps probably the greatest live-action Batman I’ve seen yet. He has the dark, gritty and passion that Bruce Wayne/Batman should have especially at this point in time, being that he is now the Dark Knight. He gets the role perfectly and I would not mind to see this new script he made for the newer solo Batman movie. Because he clearly knows the character far more than he is given credit for. The acting in this movie overall frankly is good except a couple of bad castings like Alexander Luthor who is played by Jesse Eisenberg or Amy Adams as Lois Lane. Now that’s not to say these are two bad actors. They just..Well Alexander is basically the Joker or, Jesse Eisenberg so you don’t really get that feeling that he is Luthor but more so Joker without face paint. Then you got Lois Lane is basically helpless, doing dumb things throughout the movie, saying silly things, it just hurts overall people actually liking these characters. Especially since Lex was never like the Joker and Lois Lane..was never this stupid or helpless or just overall afraid.
I think this is a good segway to go from good to bad. But it had good casting (for the most part), great cinematography, great atmosphere..but that’s kinda where it ends..Then you get to the story, the transitions, the ending, the pacing, and a bit more. Let’s start with the story. It’s a silly mess of an origin story to the Justice League and reintroducing Batman to the series since the Dark Knight trilogy is apparently canon and then it includes something which was to be for the fans to lead to Batman and Superman fighting (and btw, that fight was amazing. Not the best I’ve seen from the two but it was definitely a really good one for live-action film) which was batman’s ending story and then Superman’s ending story being The Dark Knight Returns and Superman Doomsday. Which as you can imagine with that many stuff jammed into it, it’s rather a mess. It doesn’t help they shoved all of this into the story and then each scene transitions will either go by really fast or really slow, but mainly they go by fast that it’s hard for one with a lower attention span to keep up with what’s going on. It was even hard for me to follow along sometimes. And then you had this side story with Batman which was just there for merely showing what happens in Batman’s mind. His dreams which at times, and especially in the intro, can confuse people when is this stuff actually happening or is it just a dream. I get the intention but with everything else in the story, it adds up to an already jumbled and poorly put together mess.
And then we get to Superman..Superman is merely a plot device in this film. If you think he isn’t, well think about it: He’s there to be an antagonist for Batman to lead to the fight for the movie, he’s there for Doomsday and Lex to be introduced to the story, he’s there to be a segway for the Justice League and his death (yes, he does die in this movie. Well..’die’) is a means to continue Lois Lane and everyone else’s story. The fact that he has to have reasons to further these stories and is merely used as a plot device for the majority of the movie rather than fleshing out his character or providing any real development. And even if there’s a little amount of development, it’s outweighed by the amount he’s only used to further the plot. This is something you just don’t do with a main character. You don’t just use them as a plot device alone. That’s beyond silly and just shows you already have a bias half-way into the movie of who’s the real main character here. Superman will likely return but they used him as a plot device, killed him off and added an unnecessary scenario which should’ve come later. Superman: Doomsday should’ve been saved for another movie, not pumped out in the first movie as it’s the last part of the storyline.
Now to be fair, I think one reason these inconsistencies take place in this is because they’re leading to the Injustice storyline, an alternate universe of the primary storyline where Superman is a malevolent dictator of the planet earth and turns it into a police world. The reason I believe this is cause one, the events are out of order. Two, Joker is either already dead or will die if Superman really does come back. The only thing that really makes it questioned if that’s what they’re doing is the fact that Flash appears out of an anomaly that forms near Batman in one scene. Flash is in this movie of course but the one in this universe comes later. Because he doesn’t have his suit and is obviously unaware of Batman and Superman. Except the Flash that comes to him earlier is obviously in his suit, and from the future, which this is an ability Barry Allen’s Flash figures out later on as he’s more experienced with his powers. This to me tells me they’re not the same Flash and clearly there is more at play here than just Darkseid being added into the mix. Which is another thing…
Darkseid. Darkseid is essentially the Thanos of this universe as Thanos is to Marvel. The ultimate bad guy. The Titan of strength and in many ways, a literal god. Darkseid to be introduced in name this far early into the beginning of the DCCU is painful to watch as it shows clearly how desperate they are to catch up to Marvel, whom is now in phase 3 of their movies. DC is trying to compete with a franchise already years into the making and basically trying to rival it already very early on. When you’re including the main bad guy to your universe so early on, you know someone is definitely desperate for attention and is not at all productive to see this franchise continue on in a good way.
Overall, it’s simply a mess. The entirety of this movie is a desperate attempt to catch up with Marvel, cash in on the super hero hype and they really could’ve done better with this movie. Is it worth paying money to see in theaters? Not really. Find it online frankly because that would be better for you in the long run. Spending money on this movie would be rather a waste of your money and time. If you like action and want to see DC’s poster boys smack each other around and who wins a pretty good fight, go and see the movie. Because it’s pretty awesome in the regard of fights. But for story and everything else, far from it. I’ll save my money for Suicide Squad as it looks more promising. This show is simply a nice art show. If you want a good story, you’ll be dissapointed.