‘Batman V Superman’ – The First Installment in DC Comics extended universe of superheroes does create a platform for the rest of DC Comics superheroes movies to follow but with a running time 152 minutes, the movie is slow, long, and inconsistent and takes its own time for the events to unwrap.
Directed by Zack Snyder, the movie takes off with the destruction of metropolis during the battle between Superman and General Zod. The fight witnessed by Mr.Bruce Wayne aka the Batman views Superman as an ultimate threat to the existence of humanity. Consequently, he looks out for options to bring Superman to his knees. Meanwhile, Lex Luthor, a scientist secretly echoes the same opinion about Superman with a hidden agenda of his own. Does Batman fight the Superman and what Lex Luthor actually intends forms the rest of the story?
Character wise it’s the Batman and Lex Luthor’s characterization that holds certain intrest. Ben Affleck is fine as a justice delivering vigilante and a billionaire with every reason in the world to eliminate Superman. Jesse Eisenberg is effective as the mad scientist Lex Luthor plotting for Superman’s downfall. The movie’s best lines (far and few) are delivered by Luthor. With a weak characterization, Henry Cavill as Superman continues where he left from Man of Steel. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Doomsday has extended cameos. Other superheroes Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg make brief cameos. Amy adams as Lois Lane, Laurence fishburne as Perry and Jeremy Irons as Alfred sleepwalk with nothing much to do.
The slow motion sequence, camera angles bears Snyder stamp all over it. The visuals and CG’s, the climatic sequence and fight between Batman and Superman in particular are done well given the movie’s nature and the production costs involved. The soundtrack fits well with the tone and nature of the movie.
Overall, DC comics and Zack Snyder partially succeed in creating a Cinematic world to assemble all DC superheroes for future installments .However the movie is less engaging and fails to entertain.