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