The Movie: 7.5/10
Who would win in a fight, Batman or Superman? This question has plagued mankind for over 50 years. I have given it a lot of deep thought, considered all of their strengths and weaknesses, wondered about the setting, tried to imagine the circumstance in which these two fictional comic book characters might engage in a little tussle. I have come to a conclusion: I do not give a shit. OK? We have that out-of-the-way. This whole Batman versus Superman is a non-issue for me. I have never read one single comic book or graphic novel featuring these super hero dudes.
My credentials, if you insist would be as follows: I have watched Batman on TV. Na na na na na na na na Na na na na na na na na Na na na na na na na na BATMAN!! WHACK BAM POW!!. I have listened to Superman in the radio show from the 40’s and 50’s, “Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings at a single bound!” I have (for better or worse) watched all the movie Batman’s from Beetlejuice to Jim Morrison to Dr. Doug Ross to Patrick Bateman to Holden McNeil (Look them all up). I have even seen George Reeves (original TV Superman/Clark Kent) played by our current Batman/Bruce Wayne in the movie Hollywoodland. This is a resume of someone who can make a fair judgement about the concept of “who would win”….and I still do not care:)
What I DO care about, and look forward to, and enjoy beyond words, is watching movies that transport me to another place and time for adventures and happenings that I will never see in the “real” world. Batman v Superman does this for me from start to finish (with a few glitches here and there), and for that I say we all win THE fight. We are not talking about a life changing drama that makes you think about life and death and our place in the universe. We are talking about a super hero movie where the bad guy wants to rule the whole world and is willing to murder anyone in his way, along with aliens who come from distant places with powers we cannot even imagine, and a billionaire who has a guy trapped in his basement inventing everything he needs to pretend to be a super crime fighter in an extremely tough city. It’s not a documentary people! It’s action, adventure, flash and pomp and it creates a very large bubble of fictional believe-ability for us to slip into for a little while. I’m in the bubble folks, I’m in the bubble.
Affleck is fine as Batman and Henry Cavill is fine as Superman. I have no complaints in that department. I even think Lex is right for what is character is all about. Let’s talk WONDER WOMAN! She and Lois are my favorite things about this movie, along with Aunt Martha, but hey, she’s Diane Lane so that’s a no-brainer. The women in this movie steal the Man of Steels show, and even overshadow our dark vigilante in the bat cape. The story links back to mothers and love and what we all would want our super heroes to fight the bad guys over.
I enjoyed the whole thing, even though a few things were wonky like some of the CGI and the concept of putting the big beast on a little island so that we are not, once again, destroying a big chunk of the city. Other than that, I ate my popcorn, I gasped a couple of times, I cried a little bit, I laughed, I was along for the ride around every action packed scene and in the end I am looking forward to more of the DC universe.
Wonder Woman, I love you:)
I still don’t care who would win if you post that question about any fictional characters……..on second thought: “Who would win, Private Benjamin or Major Margaret Houlihan?” Private Benjamin is a bit of a princess in fatigues but she toughens up in the end….while Margaret’s been trained her whole life and hardened by real war (or police action)! Let the discussion begin!
- Uniting The World’s Finest – Focusing on the Trinity of Batman, Superman & Wonder-woman this featurette explains a lot about the back story and the plans DC have for the cinematic universe.
- Gods & Men: A Meeting Of Giants – A look at the actual fight between the two superheroes. This also covers the Martha scene which seems to spark much debate among fans.
- The Warrior, The Myth, The Wonder – A look at Wonder Woman throughout the years, this featurette even includes footage of Linda Carter in the 1970’s version of the show.
- Accelerating Design: The New Batmobile – Looking at the new Batmobile with the help of Zack Synder. This beast weights a ton and is cooler than it actually looks in the movie.
- Superman: Complexity & Truth – Cavill and his many stunt doubles are focused on here. Lots of back detail about Superman which fans will appreciate.
- Batman: Austerity & Rage – A similar short but this time focusing on Batman. Ben Affleck is interviewed and the warehouse scene is dissected.
- Wonder Woman: Grace & Power – And finally a look at Gal Godot’s Wonder Woman. We get to see her in training and interviewed.
- Batcave: Legacy Of The Lair – Even though the Batcave is featured sparingly in the movie, here we take a look at what it took to build it. It is 99 percent real only some of the screens are CG.
- The Might And The Power Of A Punch – Another look at the big fight, this time focusing on what it takes to punch Batman 100 feet into a building.
- The Empire Of Luthor – A look at Jesse Eisenberg’s controversial portrayal of Lex Luthor. I personally liked him a lot hes the right mixture of Awkward and crazy.
- Save The Bats – A look at the charity that the film endorses.
- DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 4/10
So many amazing images you could pull from this story, and this is what we get? I would not have this as a poster, but I would probably do my own screenshot at some of the visually interesting points in the movie, and print it out to hang on the wall.
Audio & Video: 10/10
Warner’s 1080P AVC transfer of Batman V Superman is flawless, this is a movie you use to showcase your home theater system. A lot of the film takes place in darkness which never becomes hard to see. Facial detail is incredible and flesh tones are accurate. The fight scenes which move fast and would be hard to see on DVD are perfectly executed here with no banding or macro blocking in sight.
Dolby Atmos 7.1 is the soundtrack of choice here and boy does it deliver. Every punch and building falling sounds incredible with some perfectly placed surround sound as well. The LFE channel is used a when Doomsday shows up and everything just sounds impeccable. If you do not have an Atmos receiver and speakers the track defaults to Dolby TrueHD 7.1 which is as impressive.
Overall Score 7.5/10