What happens when the Son of Krypton and the Bat of Gotham meet on the big screen?
*If you’re looking for spoilers, this isn’t the review for you. We’re committed to letting you to enjoy the same “OMFG” moments as we did.*
The long-awaited union between Batman and Superman helped pave the way for what could very well be a successful and captivating DC Cinematic Universe by setting the tone for what’s ahead vis-a-vis the Justice League.
It should come as no surprise (and I’m pretty sure this is not a spoiler), but the movie not only brings back Superman and introduces the new Batman, it also features the fierce Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and gives fans a taste of others in the League including The Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman (Jason Mamoa wasn’t lying when he said his version of the sea-based hero “was no joke”).
If that’s not enough to get fans excited, there’s an epic mini-Justice League battle that literally had everyone in the cinema cheering.
While the entertainment giant has mastered the small screen with hit shows like Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl, it’s very much in catch-up mode on the big-screen compared to Marvel. This was the perfect platform or the perfect ‘gladiator’ for DC to challenge its flourishing rival.
Looking at the man in blue and red, unlike 2013’s Man of Steel, which struggled to deliver a unique take on the hero or offer much character development, Batman v Superman gives Henry Cavill’s Superman a second chance at being the powerful and influential version of the saviour that new viewers deserve.
And it did just that.
Through a little public betrayal and a testosterone fueled battle, the God-like hero is physically challenged and emotionally exposed in a way his predecessors weren’t. This takes the character to unfamiliar territories while reigniting a few recognisable characteristics (self doubt).
But of course there wouldn’t be a Batman v Superman movie without a little Gotham or Bruce Wayne.
Ben Affleck bravely follows Christian Bale into the Dark Knight suit (albeit a bulkier version that appears to be able to withstand bullets but not knives…) to take the character to a darker (oh-so-stubborn) and different place.
Although only a feature in a Superman movie, Affleck was allotted a fair bit of time to introduce his take on the vigilante.
His Batman arrives as the traditional lone shadow, but quickly adopts a Nick Fury-type role by taking on the responsibility of uniting the Justice League.
By the end of the movie, we’d warmed up to the new Batman and expect the 43-year-old actor to completely win us over in his solo movies.
Oh by the way, the entrance to the Batcave is enviable, his house was far more modern compared to the heritage mansions we’re use to and his Batmobile, well the Batmobile is always pretty epic.
We’ve ticked off two members of the Justice League, now it’s time for the third (and the best).
There’s no doubt that Gal Gadot was under a lot of pressure to do justice to the DC hero, Wonder Woman, during her first appearance on the big screen… and she didn’t crumble. The Israeli actress is a complete package of mystery, strength, skill and intelligence – she delivers an enjoyable and strong first look at the beloved comic character. We’re officially excited for her solo flick.
Best moments: Any scene with Wonder Woman – fans have waited a long time to see her on the big screen and she was perfect. Also, when Clark Kent smiles at Lois in the bath tub – Cavill is so dreamy *tilts head to the side, smiles and sighs*.
Last thought on Superman: It’s a word generally reserved for Chris Evans, but Henry Cavill is DIVINE as the Man of Steel.
Can’t forget: Jesse Eisenberg offers a deliciously wicked representation of Lex Luthor – we can’t wait to see what’s ahead.
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