We have a special episode of Infinite Canvas today that is all about the new film “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” The podcast — also featuring our first ever guest — is spoiler-free for the first 22 minutes before we go into all of the details of the film.
Let it be known that I was ecstatic leading up to the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This is a pairing of characters that I’ve been waiting to see on the big screen my entire life.
While seemingly everyone on the internet was up in arms about casting decisions, I was actually happy with Ben Affleck being cast as Batman, and a Lex Luthor played by Jesse Eisenberg sounded completely bat-shit insane in all the right ways. And, that third and final trailer for the film was incredibly well done. I was all in, but even I had my concessions about the film.
Director Zack Snyder is of course back to take the helm for Batman v Superman, and his recent work — including 2013’s predecessor Man of Steel — has been fairly disappointing to say the least. Critic reviews and early impressions started piling up a few days before release, and for the most part, they were bad. These weren’t middle of the road, take it or leave it kind of reviews. Plenty of the reviews painted the film as being incoherent, boring, unnecessary, and just plain awful.
For better or worse, a friend and I had already bought our tickets weeks in advance for a Thursday night preview screening, so there was no going back. With my initial excitement for the film almost all but extinguished, I walked into the theater hoping — praying — for a good film.
Although what I walked away from wasn’t necessarily a good film, it wasn’t terrible either. There was a lot of stuff I liked about Batman v Superman. Unfortunately, there was a lot of stuff I really disliked about it as well.