I got to see BATMAN VS SUPERMAN the day before it hit theaters world wide, so I was lucky enough to go into it not hearing everyone's complaints or unjust praise. But I always go into anything; movies, music or comic books, with no expectations and only looking to do a few things... enjoy myself and be moved emotionally.
BVS was an epic, I mean HUGE movie. BIG story, BIG sets and BIG explosions. The story involves Batman who is not happy with Superman being able to just do as he pleases and go unchecked... so he decides to fight him. That is the VERSES part. Within the movie we get to see how Batman/Bruce wayne has become a bit unhinged, Superman doubting himself all over the place and Lex Luthor being a rich little worm that doesn't like someone having anything on him.
Ben Affleck was awesome as Bruce Wayne. The opening scene with Bruce trying to get through Metropolis during the MAN OF STEEL finale was a beautifully shot scene that set the tone for who Batman is/was.
Henry Cavill as Superman did the best with what he was given and that wasn't a lot. Sadly his character was handled like no one really knew what to do with him and that was evident to me in MAN OF STEEL.
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman managed to steal every scene she was in. When she finally put on the uniform the theatre erupted and didn't
stop until her fight scene was over.
...and as Lex Luthor we have young'un Jesse Eisenberg played a modern day Lex; rich, spoiled, intelligent and socially awkward. Everytime he was on the screen you just wanted to punch im and that to me is the sign of a great villain.
Here is what I didn't like...the directing, the writing and the overall pace of the movie. There were times I felt i was watching the most brilliant thing ever but then a second later I felt like someone forgot to stop filming after they yelled 'cut'. Zack Snyder loves his long slow motion action shots and pin up poses so much it becomes a bit distracting. When you sww WATCHMEN, SUCKER PUNCH and 300 you realize he is a 'one trick pony' with a zillion dollar budget.
Despite how I felt about the overall look and production, I really enjoyed the film for what it was... a comic book coming to life on the big screen. Action, stuff blowing up and costumes punching each other...awesome. But what it wasn't was a good Batman or Superman movie. For the most part the characters were unrecognisable to the ones i have been reading for 40 years.
Watch it like it's an Elseworld story... you may like it better.