Thursday, March 31, 2016

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - 蝙蝠俠對超人:正義曙光 - 蝙蝠侠大战超人:正义黎明

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (蝙蝠俠對超人:正義曙光/蝙蝠侠大战超人:正义黎明) is an 2016 film. The movie stars Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill. The supporting cast include Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Kevin Costner, and Gal Gadot. There are cameo apperances from future Justine League heroes Ray Fisher, Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller as Cyborg, Aquaman, and The Flash, respectively. The movie is a sequel to 2013's Man Of Steel and the second film in the DC Extended Universe. Tao Okamoto plays Luthor's assistant as the lone prominent Asian cast member.

Bruce Wayne lands in Metropolis during the battle between Superman and Zod. Wayne Financials building is collateral damage and Wayne blames Superman. Fast forward 18 months, Wayne is operating in Gotham against criminals trying to find the owner of a dirty bomb. Superman rescue's Lois from armed men in Africa, but is blamed for the collateral damage. Leading to the US Government inviting him to an hearing. All the while, Batman is preparing to fight him and defeat him with the only know element to be able to harm Superman, kryptonite. Diane Prince enters the picture as an mysterious figure that seems to cross paths with Wayne a few times. Lex Luther is introduced and finds the kryptonite, but is rebuffed by the US Government when he wants to weaponize it. With Luther's power of influence, he gains access to the carcass of Zod eventually leading to the creation of Doomday for the final showdown.

The movie broke box office records for the Easter weekend and did brisk business on Monday and Tuesday. Lots of people have gone to see the movie. BUT the negativity still surrounds this film. There is a Sad Affleck meme, to the petition to oust Zack Snyder as the director of upcoming Justice League movies. Yet, it still made money, truck loads of it. If the critics were looking for racist Oscar material here, they didn't find it. What you get is slick $250 million dollar film that makes you eat your bucket of popcorn to the bottom. I personally really enjoyed the movie. Lots of story and lots of action. The movie ran for about 2 and half hours.

There were lots of questionable things in the movie, but that would be for spoiler fodder. Time will tell if the additional Justice League set up was a failure or not. Time will also tell if the decision to cast differently for movies and TV will hurt the DCEU or help it. Time will tell if this movie ends up being a classic.

Some personal thoughts. I liked Ben Affleck as Batman. The older Wayne was portrayed as a driven man that kicks butt, like in the comics. Gal as Wonder Woman seemed like a forced plot point, but eye candy isn't bad. Wonder Woman showed she's pretty powerful by going toe to toe with Doomsday. The whole cameras everywhere now makes it pretty hard to keep secret identities anymore. I am looking forward to Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman next year. Hope they do well to keep the DCEU going.

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