Warning: Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice Spoilers!!!
What a film! Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice set out to accomplish 3 main things. Whatever is said about this film, it was well acted, beautifully rendered, and a huge comic book adaptation. Consider quickly, what it was supposed to do...
- This movie's primary purpose was to set up the DC Cinematic Universe
- As a true fan, Zach Snyder intended to answer the age-old question of who would win in a fight, Superman or Batman.
- Obviously, this film needs to make money.
1. What is Coming?
We saw them... Arthur Curry (Aquaman), Barry Allen (The Flash), and Vic Stone (Cyborg) had brief cameos in this film. The movie is preparing the world for the Justice League. With Wonder Woman as a primary player, Batman and Superman fighting, and Flash coming back in time, we are ready for a broad universe. All of these elements combined with the real world understanding that Lex Luther already knows who all of these people are is excellent movie making, but the most important aspect of the universe building was the introduction of the main villain.
DC seems to be building towards a world in which Darkseid of Apocalypse comes to Earth to conquer it. Darkseid is THE villain of DC Comics. The literal god of Chaos from the "Jack Kirby Era" of comic books is not only more powerful than most heroes and villains, he is basically unstoppable.
This film set Bruce as having dreams of the future as induced by the time travelling antics of the Flash. In these visions, Batman is seen standing over a desecrated planet swarming with Darkseid's minions (para demons). In the first shot of this world, the OMEGA Symbol is carved into Metropolis Harbor (see image). This is Darkseid's calling card.
Moreover, it seems that if Bruce had not prevented this future by saving Martha Kent, Earth would be host to fuel centers called "Fire-pits" for Darkseid's reign. Upon first viewing, this future seems to be undone by Bruce's saving of Martha, but it should be noted that Flash's warning was aimed at ensuring the uniting of the Justice League, not the saving of Martha. The act of intervening for Klark's mother may or may not have been the incident Superman references in the vision of the future (the woman in question may have been Lois.
All this to say that we know now of the villains, the heroes, and the danger the future holds for this universe. This alone makes most viewers sure of their need to see this film which introduces so many things to the DC Cinematic Universe.
2. Who Would Win... Batman vs. Superman: The Greatest Battles (Collected)
The main question begged by this move, though, was not sales, or even preparation for a series of films, but the first on-screen representation of this timeless battle. We highly recommend you take a look at the "Superman Vs. Batman: The Greatest Battles" paperback trade. The issues contained in that volume are summarized below.
The film displayed a defeat of an emotionally compromised Superman by a motivated Batman. This is usually how fans of Batman set up the playing field of the battle, but Zach Snyder did not hold any preparation punches. Like a detective movie, we saw all the elements Batman needed to win. We saw the actual prep Batman took to defeat Superman.
Reason for Battle: Superman agent of the State
Reason for Battle: Poison Ivy takes control of Superman
(Movie note, Lex Luther also uses Lois Lane Falling to get to Superman)
Winner: No One
Reason for Battle: Hallucination
Winner: No One
Reason for Battle: Fictional scenario by two children
(Movie note: imagery for kryptonite spear found in an early panel of this story)
Winner: No One
Reason for Battle: Invasion of Para-Demons causes tensions between these two characters who have never met.
(Movie Note: These stories are creating a lot of the lore behind the Justice League Movie)
3. Why the Negative Reviews?
Before I address the first two aspects, let's take a look at the critical review of this film, and how the revenue relates to these reviews. The internet is a buzz with Batman Vs Superman reviews. Ben Affleck had a visible moment of disappointment upon hearing about these negative reviews (one of the internet's newest meme's). Why then, are so many just as satisfied with the film? Where is the main source of the negative reviews?
The source of much of the negative flack is Rotten Tomatoes. Here, the movie review website gave this film only 30%. The source of the negative flack is two-fold. Primarily, multifaceted stories get bad reviews (See The Amazing Spiderman II). But this movie is too big to fail.
Imagine the amount of people that will see this film simply because it is a fight between Batman and Superman and features Wonder Woman. As a comic book fan, I highly recomend you watch this movie as 12 comic book issues back to back.
What is to Come?
We look forward to watching these films with all of you! This world will be a lot of fun!