Only a firsthand viewing of Zack Snyder’s latest foray into the DC Comics movie universe will shed light on the countless concerns clouding “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” But anyone walking into the unofficial “Justice League” prologue should probably anticipate chaos more than anything.
“Man of Steel,” Snyder’s 2013 Superman adaptation and the first of DC’s apparent entries into a Marvel-esque crossover series, was respectable outside of its overlong finale. And thrusting Batman, a character just four years removed from Christopher Nolan’s heralded “Dark Knight” trilogy, into Superman’s direct sequel was a bold play to boost interest.
But as far as early critics and footage indicate, “Batman v Superman” is inevitably overstuffed for a movie that’s title alone had already established a weighty story. Like jam-packed superhero flicks before it, “Dawn of Justice” is worth a look-see because, well, it’s got Batman and Superman on the same screen.
With or without the overly quirky presence of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, the movie simply seems to be biting off more than it can swallow.
Only moviegoers can be the judge of the film’s success, but by ignoring the opportunity to either advance his own Superman’s development (or even introduce his own Batman, for that matter), Snyder has turned what should’ve been a crossover for the ages into an assuredly messy conglomeration of DC properties.
The pressure for such an epic scale is understandable in a world where Marvel has danced into not one, not two, but three phases of its cinematic universe. But with DC’s admittedly spotty counterpunches, taking a breath and slowing down probably would’ve helped.
Even if Snyder and Co. were dead set on meshing the Man of Steel with the Dark Knight, the latter of which is apparently an imposing, albeit bright, spot of “Dawn of Justice,” they could have at least made their showdown more worthy of anticipation.
What we’ve got with “Batman v Superman” is a misguided must-see. No one will turn their eyes from a movie pitting two of the world’s most well-known superheroes against each other. But they may very well wish they had if the movie is as noisy, crowded and overworked as is indicated.