Starring Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Holly Hunter

(5-Okay Film)

Joyless. Dull. Bloated.

Bitter towards Superman after the events of Man of Steel, Batman decides to take him out. To be fair, I haven’t seen Man of Steel, and so, much of Superman’s narrative felt underwhelming, but I don’t think that installment’s backstory could make up for the second class treatment Clark Kent receives in this film. We all know Batman has been cooler than Superman for a long time now in film, but how was giving Superman an arc that would better serve a monster movie supposed to work. There are some grand moments in the picture. It’s not a complete mess like Suicide Squad, but they didn’t get the characters right. Both heroes just seem like tools, and Eisenberg was not a good choice for a supervillain. He can’t conjure up any real sense of menace, and so he hams it up. Jeremy Irons, though also far afield of your ideal Alfred, is a scene-stealer.

-Walter Tyrone Howard-


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