I watched the latest DC cimematic effort in its opening weekend, and have delayed writing a bite-sized review. Not because I disliked it, more so I could digest it a bit more. You can find our full review on the Trilogy Spoilers Podcast on iTunes and here on this very website. Having now seen it a 2nd time, here are my thoughts . . . I didn't love it, I didn't hate it, and overall I enjoyed it. I see this movie as a sort of course correction for DC/WB in finding their footing with their movies.
The visuals are beautiful (easy to see Snyder's influence) and the lighter comedic moments went a long way to reducing the dark and gritty tone we've seen in previous movies (clearly thanks to Whedon). Character development was just okay because they didn't have multiple movies to build origins for these guys. Flash was reduced to comic relief, Wonder Woman wasn't depicted as strongly as she was in her own movie, Batman was still grouchy. Aquaman was a great version of the character and I think I just really want to hang out with Jason Momoa cause he seems damned cool. Cyborg could have used more development but he was well used for the story. Superman smiled and laughed and this is a much better version of the character, though that top lip was a weird sight to behold.
Plot holes were all over the place but it's still a step in the right direction as far as development is concerned. I'd like to see these guys again on the big screen . . .
A Bite-sized Follow Up - Justice League/Batfleck - It's been bothering me since BvS as to why I just don't like the current version of Batman. And it's not because of the actor. We've seen Affleck do some great work. I truly think it's the script.
In the past we've had West's campy Batman, Keaton's slightly unhinged badass Batman, Kilmer's unflappable Batman, uhhh Clooney . . . . moving on, Bale's ninja Batman, and now Batfleck. I liked all previous versions (except Clooney, for obvious reasons). Ever since I was a kid, Batman was the superhero I wanted to be. He was smart, rich, and motivated. But now I'd rather be any superhero except Batman. This Batman kills people and is forever using guns. Batman was against guns. It was a defining characteristic, likely because his parents were gunned down in front of him. But this Batman is trigger happy. Even in Justice League, aside from the artillery mounted on every single one of his vehicles, he even steals a gun from a parademon during the big fight and just stands there and shoots stuff. Bale's Batman would have decimated those parademons in hand to hand combat.
Batfleck is clunky when he moves around, barely able to leap on a 2 foot ledge at the beginning of the movie. He threw a batarang once! One time! At Flash!? As a true fan of Batman, I just can't get onboard with this one. Here's hoping they fix it with Flashpoint . . . What are your opinions on Batfleck?
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