To see, or not to see, “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”

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To see, or not to see, “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”

Colleen Roach, Staff writer

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“Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” the newest movie from DC Comics, debuted March 25.

Many fans of Superman and Batman were excited about the prospect of a movie featuring the two heroes, myself included. It has been two years since the release of “Man of Steel,” the Superman origin story, and three years since “The Dark Knight Rises,” the last live-action Batman movie.

I’d love to say that the wait was worth it, after Warner Brothers studios extended the release date for the new film, leaving fans in suspense. Unfortunately, this was not the case.

“Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” is a disjointed film that leaves viewers sitting in their seat going, “What just happened?” If you have read the comics, you’ll probably have a better understanding of what exactly is going on.

After Superman, played by Henry Cavill, gets into a fight with an alien invader and destroys Metropolis, the people of Earth wonder if they still need him. One of the firm believers that Superman needs to stay out of Earth’s affairs is the billionaire Bruce Wayne, also known as Batman. Wayne, played by Ben Affleck, decides to take matters into his own hands to get rid of Superman, as does the evil genius Lex Luthor, played by Jesse Eisenberg.

The movie has a score of 29 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and its earnings dropped by 80 percent the second weekend it was out, according to Entertainment, a site dealing with movies, celebrities and music news.

Personally, I found the movie hard to follow. It was as if Zack Snyder, the director, wanted there to be as little dialog as possible, so the movie was filled with fighting sequences and long montages of different people doing activities set to dramatic music. There were also awkward transitions into characters’ dreams that left the viewer thinking, “Hold on, why are they there? What’s going on?” until some subtle sign made us all clue in that it was only a dream.

It’s hard to believe that this movie is meant to be a lead-in to a Justice League movie franchise. Instead of each character getting his or her own stand-alone movie, the heroes we will see in the sequel are introduced briefly in this film. That would be the equivalent of Marvel premiering the “Avengers” without any of the “Iron Man,” “Captain America” or “Thor” movies.

Overall, “Batman v. Superman” is definitely not going onto my favorites list; it may, however, make it onto my “okay to see once list.”

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