Reception: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice grossed 872.7 million at the worldwide box office. However, this film has not garnered critical acclaim. Critics have called this film overstuffed and pandering at times. Although it has been harshly reviewed by critics (Rotten Tomato 27%), many fans have found the film far more enjoyable (7.0 IMDb). People seem to be quite divided on this film, and it is clear to see why.
Synopsis: In the wake of destruction of Metropolis the world has to determine whether Superman should be praised as a hero or if he should surrender himself to authorities. Batman, on the other hand, has seen the destruction Superman has caused first hand and sees him as a danger and prepares to take on the Man of Steel. Lex Luthor plays puppet master to perhaps the greatest grudge match of all time.
Characterization: Although there is exceptional characterization in this film, there is also weak characterization at times. We are going to start with the positive. Ben Affleck is amazing as Batman in what many consider the best portrayal of Batman/Bruce Wayne in film history. Jeremy Irons provides much needed humor and wit as Batman’s butler Alfred Pennyworth. Henry Cavill (Superman) and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) hold their own in this film, but Superman’s character motivations are at times jumbled and Wonder Woman is very short on screen time. Now for the bad characterization in this film, Jesse Eisenberg’s portrayal of Lex Luthor leaves much to be desired. Although Eisenberg’s character arc is helped quite a bit by the ultimate edition of the film it is not enough to save Eisenberg’s bizarre performance. Amy Adams also has a very weak performance as Lois Lane. This film really has its ups and downs when it comes to characterization. 7.25/10
Cinematography: Cinematography is an area where Zach Snyder films seem to shine. Batman v. Superman is no different. This film is visually stunning and the action sequences are awesome. The Batman fight sequence is perhaps the best fight sequence we have seen on screen to date. The costumes and set pieces are phenomenal. While some of the other areas of this film do not live up to expectations, the cinematography was beautiful. 9.5/10
Story/Plot: The weakest part of this film by far is the plot. Zach Snyder screen plays have been known to have some plot holes and this film is no exception. Although some questions about character motivations are answered in the ultimate edition. Lex’s plot is still somewhat convoluted and at times Lois Lane seems as though she is receiving unnecessary screen time to try to make her character relevant to the overall story line. Batman v. Superman tries to introduce the audience to a lot of characters in so little time. At times this movie almost felt like a trailer to another film. This movie is simply overstuffed and cannot find the screen time for all its characters. Also some performances were hurt by the poor writing in this film. 6.75/10
Conclusion: Batman v. Superman Ultimate Edition is a pretty good film. The extra 30 minutes of footage does give some much needed character development. However, it cannot change some of the glaring plot holes the film already had. Batman v. Superman is a good film, but not an exceptional one. Ben Affleck and Jeremy Irons are outstanding. The cinematography is amazing, but the screenplay for this film has too many glaring problems to be overlooked.
Final Score: 7.8