DC’s most famous legends will meet to do battle on March 25th in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. When this movie was announced, I was, like so many others, really pumped for it. This movie will be the first time in history we see Batman and Superman on the big screen together, so obviously it’ll be the most epic DC film ever, right?? Well maybe, but as more and more information came out surrounding the movie, I began to become less excited and more concerned. It’s gotten to the point where I’ll see this movie regardless of how it does, but I have a bad feeling about this. Specifically, I have 5 reasons why Batman V Superman really worries me.
- An Overly Dark Tone.
Now a dark tone for a film with Batman in it is nothing new. To be honest, you kind of need some of that to make Batman work. I’ll admit from what we’ve seen of Batman in this movie, it does sort of fit him like a glove. The thing that worries me is a lot of the trailers suggest the depressing feeling might be too present in the movie, from the colors to the story. When a movie is trying to be as serious and mature as Batman V Superman is shaping up to be, you need moments of levity for the sake of the audience. Fortunately, we’ve seen sprinkles of what could be lighter moments in the most recent trailers, so maybe this will be a small problem. However, it does lead me to another concern.
- It Might Be Everything You Hated about Man of Steel.
While Superman’s last cinematic adventure did fairly well at the box office, it didn’t do as well with audiences. We all thought that there was too much pointless destruction, too much religious symbolism, and the story was too forcefully gritty for a Superman movie. What’s worse is that it didn’t portray Superman in a positive light; instead of being a paragon of hope he was more irresponsible and reckless. So, if it didn’t work the first time they wouldn’t do it again, would they? Well, let’s look at what we’ve seen so far: people constantly calling Superman a god, more destruction, and that dark tone I mentioned earlier. This seems a little familiar, doesn’t it? It feels a little like the previous mistakes weren’t learned from. At heart, I’m an optimist, so maybe they’ll tweak things a bit and make it work, but for now it seems like history repeating itself.
- Lex Luthor…Just Lex Luthor.
For all you DC fans, I want you to think about the last time you saw Lex Luthor. Whether it was the comics, the animated shows, or other movies, what kind of vibe did you get from him? For me it was a normal man who used nothing but his intelligence to fight a being that could shatter mountains, going out of his way to show how big a threat Superman could really be. It was how he used that intellect that made him so intimidating, and that’s what makes Lex Luthor such an amazing villain. Now compare that with Jesse Eisenberg’s version who seems childish, talkative, and just a little annoying. He’s too animated and he almost seems a bit out of place for what this movie wants to be. When I think of Superman’s greatest villain of all time, this is not what comes to mind. But who knows, maybe what we’ve seen is all an act by Luthor. It’s possible he pretends to be silly and immature to make everyone underestimate him, when in reality he’s just as sinister as the Lex Luthor we’re used to seeing. If that’s the case, I think Eisenberg can definitely pull off that kind of character. Man, I just really hope that’s what we’re going to see.
- DC Really Wants a Justice League Movie.
And I do mean they really want it. It’s no surprise Batman V Superman is supposed to be the gateway that will lead to a DC Cinematic Universe; we’ve known it for a while now. And the good news is we don’t have to wait too long to see certain characters. Wonder Woman is in this movie, and we might see several cameos of other famous DC characters, too. That being said, the thing that scares me is how soon we’re getting Justice League after this movie. Justice League is scheduled to come out next year, and in between there’s only two more movies to set up this world the characters live in. It just seems a bit odd to me that they’d schedule these two so close together and makes me wonder how badly they really want that ensemble film. This really concerns me, considering we’ve seen comic book movies in the past focus heavily on building up a sequel to the point where the rest of the movie suffered for it. The good news is that right now there’s no real evidence that Batman V Superman is doing this, so maybe I’m just imagining things. However, there’s still one big reason Batman V Superman really worries me.
- That Spoiler-rific Trailer.
I hate spoilers, who doesn’t? You know what I hate more, though? I hate trailers that give away the whole movie. It just never made any sense to me why a movie would spoil itself before anyone got a chance to see it. Unfortunately this movie, not too long ago, had one of those as well; it really surprised me how much they gave away. They gave away the conflict; they gave away Luthor’s plot, and they gave away the big reveal of Doomsday. This is especially strange since all the other trailers (even the one that came after it) did such a good job keeping the film’s plot a secret. We even know the three act structure now; they meet, they fight, and they team up. Because of this, the movie now has a difficult hurdle to jump over, but there is still hope. Batman V Superman will be over two hours long, which gives the film a lot of time to do things we haven’t see yet. It’s very possible that even though we’ve seen a lot we might not have seen everything. I hope there are some great moments in the movie that we won’t actually see until it hits theaters.
So, despite all the concerns I have, I’m still going to see Batman V Superman. The fact that these two timeless characters are finally meeting face to face in a big budget movie, and the fact that we’ve never seen DC Comics do anything quite like this before, is history in the making. Honestly, I recommend seeing it for those reasons alone. Will it live up to the hype? Only time will tell. And who knows; maybe I’m just being a little paranoid for worrying.
So, are my concerns valid? Are there any other concerns YOU might have? Let me know below!