Super hero films have come a long way since the 1999 X-Men movie. What makes for a good hero film is when fan expectations are met. What makes it even better is when redemption is involved. Deadpool proved this by not only meeting the expectations in fans but also redeeming the character after his disappointing debut in the X-Men Origins film. Well, lightning has struck again. Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice has given fans what they wanted and redeemed Ben Afflect who had been marred since 2003’s Daredevil film. I have to say I was thoroughly impressed. Dawn of Justice touches the cannon material of not only the Dark Knight and the Son of Krypton’s many disputes but this film also taps into the Death of Superman novel and it is retold with diligence. The clash between Superman and Batman was amazing and the battle with Doomsday is truly epic. Dawn of Justice is a slow builder with Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent reflecting on the choices they made in their personal and hero careers. Now, like most of you, I was skeptical about Jesse Eisenburg playing Lex Luthor especially since his character portrayal is already firmly established. However, as the movie progressed, I began to see what was done with Lex. Warner Bros took what was set by Gene Hackman for the original Superman films, crossed it with Smallville and threw in a just the smallest splash of Edward Nigma from Gotham to make a very interesting Lex Luthor. He played the new Lex quite well. Also what was intriguing was the character reveals that set up for the continuing DC films. Totally sticks one in Marvel’s crawl on how this is done. Overall, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice has met fans expectations and given us a worthy crossover film that has undoubtedly put DC and Warner Bros back in the box office.
This rivalry gets 4.5 out of 5.