By Joshua Winchester
This week marked a monumental occasion for the superhero movie genre. After 75 years, two of the great titans of superhero lore, Batman and Superman, have finally appeared on the big screen together in a loud, noisy, character and plot crowded film that almost clocks in at 3 hours in length. And the movie is nothing short of glorious.
The film adds a whole new level to the fledgling DC Cinematic Universe, especially with the various casting decisions for the film that are propelling the series towards the inevitable Justice League (slated for release in 2017)
Two of the strongest elements in the film are the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman (aka Bruce Wayne) and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman (aka Diana Prince).
Affleck’s performance as a older, more embittered Batman is superb. He steps into the role with all the dedication of any actor who has taken up the mantle of Batman and yet also adds something by playing a Batman who has (according to the dialogue setting up the character) spent 20 years fighting crime in his native Gotham City which explains his reactionary approach to dealing with the apparent threat that is Superman to the balance of the world. All in all, Affleck certainly lives up the hype that was surrounding his portrayal of Batman, and the same can be said for Gal Gadot in her role as Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman, the ultimate female warrior, blessed by the gods of Greek mythology and raised on an island of warrior Amazons, tasked with coming to man’s world to help make it right. This is a super-heroine who has been a strong example of the ultimate woman, and Gal Gadot steps into the role with clear conviction about how to play the character. Incidentally, this is Wonder Woman’s big screen debut. Wonder Woman is only seen in costume (and out of costume) in brief parts of the movie, but she steals these scenes and left me and the audience wanting more. Thankfully, her own movie is also slated to come out in 2017.
All in all, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice delivered big on the promise of a drag’em out, no holds barred superhero action film. The cast was amazing, stellar special effects and the start of the DC Cinematic Universe. This is a must-see movie for anyone, both fans of the comic books and average movie-goers alike.
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