By Megan Bianco
For years people have contemplated when the fad of two to three superhero movies released yearly will become tiring and passé. Now, with the first Hollywood movie to feature mega superheroes Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) together, an unexpected controversy and a war of its own has grown. Last Easter weekend Warner Bros.’ Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was greeted with scathing reviews three days before release and an online feud between DC fans and Marvel fans.
In a whopping two-and-a-half-hour runtime, we get Superman/Clark Kent coming face to face with Batman/Bruce Wayne and Wonder Woman/Diana Prince. There’s also hyperactive, psychotic Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), damsels in distress Lois Lane (Amy Adams) and Ma Kent (Diane Lane), and a lot of lengthy dream sequences and heavy-handed religious analogies aimed at Superman.
Zack Snyder’s latest comic book film is disjointed, badly written, badly acted and stuffed with too much content in an already long feature. There is hardly anything that works here, and what does is over fairly quickly (such as a cameo by Ezra Miller as The Flash). Batman is a hypocrite, Superman is shockingly unlikable and Wonder Woman is practically pointless—all this on top of Eisenberg’s Luthor, the most out of character. Snyder isn’t familiar with the concept of subtlety or apparently the source of the universes to which he is adapting. Are people finally beginning to grow tired of superhero movies? It’s hard to say, but I can say that 10 Cloverfield Lane and Midnight Special are the best movies in theaters right now.
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