If No One Will Say It, Then I Will
By Cole Garrison
I never want to hear anyone complain about a movie being too predictable ever again.
What Zack Snyder gave to the world in Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice was a movie that trusted you to know the source material and gave back story through the dialogue.
Snyder made it feel like you walked into the world of DC Comics and didn’t over explain anything with these characters because both Batman and Superman have been redone over and over again that the average fan should understand these characters very well.
Clearly Snyder and myself were both very wrong.
Apparently everyone had major issues with so many aspects of BVS and everyday I have to read articles about how much everyone hates this movie. The more I read these comments the angrier I become.
So here I am to stand up alone on a chair and shout to the world that I liked this movie and if everyone is confused about this movie because it didn’t hold anyone’s hands I’ll lend you mine and explain anything that you’re confused about.
Here, take my hand.
Let’s address the biggest elephant in the room. Jesse Eisenberg portrayed Alexander Luthor whose father is/was Lex Luthor.
In the first time we meet Eisenberg he explains that his father, not himself, put the Lex in the Corp. In the comic books, novels, Smallville series, and even his background bio Lex Luthor’s father is Lynol Luthor. Which mean that Eisenberg is playing Lex Luthor’s son.
Need more proof?
In the final scene where Luthor puts the body of General Zood in the water the machine addresses him as, wait for it, Alexander Luthor.
Now what we learn from Alexander Luthor in his monologue with Superman on the rooftop Lex beat his son Alexander on many occasions. Alexander grew up constantly hating anyone over him. With Superman being considered a God Lynol took it upon himself to prove everyone wrong. He valued knowledge over strength took great pleasure whenever he would beat you with his mind. That is his character’s reasoning behind making Superman fight.
Lets move on the Superman.
Everyone still likes to really hate on Henry Cavill for his portrayal of Superman.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!
Cavil does a great job of showing Superman feeling like he doesn’t fit in because no matter what he does he gets yelled at and cursed at for. He want’s to show that he is part of this planet and the little things that Snyder does to portray that are amazing. The biggest one was in the court house when he walked at a normal pace through the halls and then moved the little wooden swivel to take the stand instead of flying over it.
Showing that he is one with the people.
Superman now is living in a world where he has killed and now refuses to ever do that again. He values all life and is constantly flying in to try and save the day without thinking of any repercussions of his actions. Especially if Lois Lane is in danger than he will stop whatever he is doing to go save her.
Superman flying in to save the day without thinking, outside of the fact that someone is in danger, and never stops to think that it may be a trap because he never expects kryptonite to show up. He is very naïve and very protective of Lois Lane and will do whatever it takes to keep her safe. How much more Superman do you want him to be?! It doesn’t get more Superman than that!
Now let’s go defend the internets second favorite punching bag behind Nickelback.
This version of Batman felt like Batman was actually on the big screen for the first time. Ben Affleck’s portrayal of a man that would rather be his alter ego than then the billionaire playboy was spot on. The Bruce Wayne persona of a man pretending to be a rich spoiled man who just wants to sleep around when he is actually a very deep collected man who would rather be home alone has never been so spot on.
Ok so now everyone is complaining that the movie made no sense. The Batman fight scene with Superman ends like a fight from Step Brothers. Well alright, I guess I can explain that too.
Batman defeats Superman by using almost all of his gadgets ending the battle exactly where Batman expected because there is the perfectly placed Kryptonite spear to end the fight.
Now here is where EVERYONE gets confused.
When Batman hears Superman say Martha he is snapped out of his rage spell that he was under. Yes. A rage spell and no that is not a mystical fight. A rage spell is when you are so angry at either yourself or someone else and all you see is red. Is it safe to assume that man that has been fighting crime for the last twenty years may have an anger problem? YES. Batman has been driven mad the last two years by Lex Luthor; another fact that Luthor explains in his monologue on the rooftop with Superman.
When Lois Lane runs up and explains that Martha is Superman’s mom batman does not stop the fight because their moms have the same name. This is not how they become best friends.
Let the Internet jokes die here.
For the first time in two years Batman looks at Superman like a man, not a thing or an it. Superman becomes a real person who has a mother. Which makes Batman rethink everything. In his moment of regret Batman takes it upon himself to save Martha because it is the only way he knows how to make it up to Superman.
Now that is why the fight really stops and not just because their mothers share the same name. Like the rest of this movie, there is so many deep subtle undertones that Snyder respected the viewer to pick up on.
Wait, you want me to defend Doomsday? You mean the extended fight scene after the movie is concluded and the day is won? Fine I will try and defend meaningless fight with General Zod that ends with anoher meaningless death 2.0.
Warner Bros actually killed Superman with Doomsday.
That is the only positive note that I can come up with to defend this mindless beast. It was an excuse to showcase Wonder Woman and I understand that. Gal Gadot did a great job of portraying Diana Prince and her translation of Wonder Woman in this kind of fight was pretty spot on, but I would have ended the movie a different way if that is really how Snyder and WB wanted to end the movie.
Instead of Doomsday have Luthor go into his power suit and try to defeat Superman himself since Batman couldn’t do it. Have his suit be all-powerful and need both Batman and Wonder Woman to take him down. That would have been awesome and truer to the comic books than this Frankenstein monster Luthor creates on an alien space ship.
Would also have saved the death of Superman for a later time and make it more meaningful than what we watched at the end of a 2 and a half hour movie. That’s just my opinion though and here is hoping that there is a reason for the death of Superman and not just to say that they did it.