Batman v Superman is a hot mess: Too much plot chaos


Batman v Superman or God v Man? Let’s cut to the chase, the best parts of this film take place at the end. Director Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) so overworked himself with all the components of Batman v Superman that you don’t know where one thing ends and the next begins. Ben Affleck (Gone Girl) stars as the new Bruce Wayne/Batman, while Jersey Island native Henry Cavill reprises his role from Man of Steel as Clark Kent/Superman. Granted, Batman v Superman is more of a populist film than a critical film, but there was still no surprise that it contained major flaws.

First of all, let’s talk about weakness within the cast; Our Boston native, Ben Affleck, has sadly let us down with his portrayal of Batsy. Although Affleck has the Bruce Wayne aesthetic to his advantage, his Bruce Wayne dialect is too monotone and dreary, while the animatronic voice that comes from him in the Batsuit is almost cringeworthy (the latter is more of an editing issue). Affleck’s Batman at times even seems wimpy against the tall standing Superman, and even though I presumed Batman would defeat Superman, Affleck just really did not seem to pull off the tough Bruce Wayne figure.

Then you have Jesse Eisenberg. Just the thought of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor should have shown red flags. Eisenberg is a child and his acting proves it. He’s used to being typecast as a strung out, confused character, yet for a role he should’ve been able to pull off, this was his worst yet. Eisenberg fails in his interpretation of acting psychotic (all he seems to really do is shake from denial), but his interpretation of Lex Luthor overall makes you feel uncomfortable. Specifically referring to an all too unnecessary scene that includes Lex Luthor feeding his superior a Jolly Rancher; it’s as weird and full of product placement as it sounds.

Although the cast consisted of the likes of Jeremy Irons and Amy Adams, both were substantially underutilized, with Jeremy Irons’s portrayal of Alfred being little to none, and Amy Adams’s portrayal of Lois Lane coming off as the cliched “damsel in distress” in most situations.

Second of all, the script. Oh, how there are so many things wrong with the script. It’s dry, and is there really even a story? There’s little to no humour, and even with the few comedic lines, nobody seemed to grasp them.

And if you think about it, is there actually even a script? The whole plot of the movie is told from screen to screen of CNN News broadcasting on different platforms like televisions and phones by reporters who have no clue what’s really going on.

Thanks to screenplay writers Chris Terrio (Argo) and David S. Goyer (who apparently contributed to the iconic The Dark Knight) we have a script with no life containing lines that don’t even coincide with one another. And although Lex Luthor is a crazy character in itself, the writing of his lines tried too hard to come off as comedic and usually didn’t make sense in the context in which he said them. (Lest I forget to mention the one incredible line told by Batsy: “Gotham City and me, we just have a bad history with freaks dressed like clowns.”)

Third of all, there’s too much going on. Granted one of the best parts of the film is the fact that Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and the Flash (Ezra Miller) make an appearance, but everyone else randomly dropped in.

It is exactly how it sounds: random.

You’re supposed to be following the story of Batman and Superman in a conflict because of Superman’s actions towards the people of Metropolis, which then somehow resulted in Batman having to save Superman’s mother? Not only is there a personal connection conflict happening between Batman and Superman, but once the two have settled their personal conflict they have to work together (with the help of Wonder Woman) to destroy Doomsday (a threat created by Lex Luthor). Now if you’re confused just by reading what is a portion of the plot, imagine trying to watch it all unfold. There’s just too much for one film, and there wouldn’t be an issue with so many characters if the storyline were clear, but because there’s one plot after the other, you kind of feel like sitting there and scratching your head.

Now onto the good (limited but good) things about Batman v Superman: Henry Cavill. Unlike Affleck, Cavill’s role as Superman is without a doubt incredible. Cavill easily channels an American accent (unlike his usual British tone) that’s so refined you can’t believe he’s not an American citizen. His look compared to the Superman comics seems like the closest you can get (aside from the legendary Christopher Reeve) to the actual thing, along with having an intricate costume to pull his look together, courtesy of costume designer Michael Wilkinson.

What personally made the movie for me, to reiterate, were the scenes containing Aquaman, Cyborg, and the Flash, which, on another note, added to the many subtle and direct clues to upcoming DC Comics films including: Suicide Squad, Justice League: Part One, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Aquaman, giving the Batman v Superman viewers a confirmation that the Justice League will soon be returning.

Rating: 6.5/10 – For Henry Cavill’s portrayal of Superman and the rest of the Justice League appearing, unnecessary scenes with a confusing storyline, and for an unpredictable action-packed ending with main credits to Gal Gadot’s portrayal of Wonder Woman. (Is it really even Batman v Superman anyways? There’s more action between Batman and Doomsday then there is between Batman and Superman.)