This past Sunday which was my 25th birthday, I went to see Batman v Superman. The film was amazing and from beginning to end the story enveloped me and I can not wait to see the other films such as Aquaman, WonderWoman, The Flash and more all leading to the Justice League. Now this review is a recap of the film so stop reading now if you have not seen the film yet. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
The film begins with a flashback of a young Bruce Wayne attending his parents funeral which then goes in and out to another flashback of the night his parents died. Bruce runs away from the funeral procession and ends up falling into a hole where he finds himself in a cave full of bats. Fast forward years later, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) is driving through Metropolis during the battle of General Zod and Superman (Henry Cavill). Due to the strength and might of both Kryptonians the city suffers some major damage. Eighteen months after the incident, Superman has become a symbol of hope to some but for a majority of the world, the Man of Steel is a threat. Meanwhile in Gotham City, a vigilante known as Batman has been catching criminals and branding them leaving some of the city afraid. Clark Kent (superman’s secret identity) hears the story of Batman on the news and see the dark knight as a threat and decides to stop him via the Daily Planet by writing articles.
Bruce learns that a weapons trafficker named Anatoli Knyazev has been contacting LexCorps’s mogul Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg). Meanwhile, Luthor tries to convince Senator June Finch to allow him to import kryptonite retrieved from the Indian Ocean, claiming to use it as a “deterrent” against Kryptonians. He also makes side dealings with Finch’s subordinate and demands access to Zod’s body and the Kryptonian scout ship. In the next meeting with Luthor, Finch denies his request. Later Bruce attends a party at LexCorp, there he meets Clark Kent where they each shared their disdain for Superman/Batman. Bruce with the help of Alfred (Jeremy Irons), they hacked into Lex’s computer and download some files,however the device is taken by Diane Prince (Gal Gidot). Diane later returns the device to Bruce due to the fact she can not decrypt the data.
While decrypting the data, Bruce ends up having a vision where he leads a team against Superman in a post-apocalyptic world. He then sees a man from the future telling him of Lois Lane (Amy Adams) crucial world in the future and to find the others. He awakens and the data is finally decrypted, upon opening the files he discovers Lex is not only experimenting with kyrptonite but also searching for metahumans and he currently has four files on four different individuals; one of them is Diana. It is revealed that she is a 5,000 year old warrior, the other three show videos of Victor Stone, The Flash and Aquaman.
Wayne admits to Alfred that he plans to steal the Kryptonite to weaponize it, should it become necessary to fight Superman. Batman pursues the convoy carrying the kryptonite from the White Portuguese ship to LexCorp, but Superman intercedes and orders him to cease his activities. Superman is called to a congressional hearing, however the hearing goes array when a bomb sets off, killing everyone. The bomb was planted by Lex Luthor who placed it inside a wheelchair which he gave to Finch, a survivor from the battle two years ago. Frustrated with failing to save people, Superman goes into exile. Bruce prepares to fight Superman by breaking into LexCorp and stealing the kryptonite, he then builds a powerful exoskeleton and creating a kryptonite-powered riot gun and a kryptonite-tipped spear. Meanwhile, Luthor enters the Kryptonian ship and learns of its functions, as well as recorded alien worlds.
Luthor kidnaps and holds hostage Martha Kent, Clark’s adoptive mother. He reveals that he has been sending messages to Batman and Superman to heighten their animosity towards each other. Luthor forces Superman to fight and kill Batman, in exchange for Martha’s life. Superman tries to reason with Batman, but Batman initiates the fight and eventually gains the upper hand. Before Batman can kill Superman with the spear, Superman urges Batman to “save Martha”, whose name is also shared with Wayne’s late mother. Lois arrives and explains the situation, upon learning Lex’s plan Batman leaves to rescue Martha and Superman goes to confront Lex. When Superman arrives to the ship, he discovers that Lex has created an abomination by combining his DNA with that of General Zods; Lex names the creature ‘Doomsday’.
Superman engages the creature in battle, Batman and Diane soon come and join the fight but discover that the creature absorbs energy. Superman realizes that the creature is weak to kryptonite takes the spear and stabs the creature, however the creature stabs Superman as well leaving both dead. Luthor is arrested and imprisoned. Facing Batman in prison, he gloats that Superman’s death has made the world vulnerable to powerful alien threats. A memorial is held for Superman in Metropolis. Clark is also declared dead and Wayne, Lane, Martha, and Diana attend a private funeral for him in Smallville. Martha passes an envelope to Lane, which contains an engagement ring from Clark. After the funeral, Wayne reveals to Diana that he plans to form a team of metahumans, starting from the ones from Luthor’s files, to protect the world in Superman’s absence. After they leave, a faint heartbeat echoes from Clark’s coffin and the dirt around it begins to levitate.
Batman vs Superman:Dawn of Justice was so exciting, each actor to me portrayed each character very well. Ben Affleck did a great job in the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman, he brought some new and different to the character and it didn’t seem a rehash of the same thing. Gal Gidot only appeared as Wonder Woman during the final battle however, she did excellent and has me very excited for the Wonder Woman movie. What I also loved about the movie was we got to see clips of the other metahumans as well and I am looking forward to their films too. Jesse Eisenberg played a terrific Lex Luthor, he was very convincing as Lex. He was cunning, manipulative with a touch of crazy. Last Henry Cavill was amazing as Superman, I felt the emotions of Kal-El/Superman/Clark Kent as he was judged by society which weaken him emotional and destroyed his moral. Overall Dawn of Justice was such a good film and was amazing in 3D and I give it 5 stars.