Film Review

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Review

The much anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is coming to South Africa, and has fans all excited. The eagerness to see Ben Affleck will fare as Batman, the return of Henry Cavill as Superman, and then there’s Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Everyone has their favourite from those who have have handed over the reins for these characters in the past. Will they measure up?

Batman takes on Superman (as the title suggests). Fearing that the man of steel is left to his of devices, and in times of crises he answers to no-one. The world is unsure of the type of hero it requires, and now with Batman and Superman fighting each other a new evil emerges. Created by Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), Doomsday poses a grave danger to all.

Can the two set aside their differences, and come to some sort of understanding, so they can work together, along with Wonder Woman, to quell this new threat?

The story does take its time in the beginning, jumping between the two main characters, and giving the audience a background on their origins. By now, most anyone who has heard of the two knows how it all began, so this is probably unnecessary, and more time could have been spent on the issue at hand. With all the looking back, the film does tie in to, and reference events from previous films, however those who have not been keeping up with all the releases will not be left in the dark.

We do get to see another side to the personalities of both Batman and Superman. It’s a pity the story didn’t dwell more on these (and Wonder Woman, for that matter). However, personal preferences aside, the cast bring talent to the roles. And while we follow the two heroes, we get to see yet more of the lives of those in their home cities, Gotham and Metropolis.

There are several other characters, making smaller, or very brief appearances. Blink and you will miss them. With that said, most fans are going to see the film more than once. so make one of those visits an Imax, as sadly the 3D in many cinemas is still far too dark. South African cinemas need to either upgrade the lights in their projectors, or upgrade their projectors. Perhaps more cinema audiences should bring this to the attention of the various cinema complexes, and then change will finally happen.

Batman v Superman, a fan dream come true, and a film that is going to excite many an audience. Pick your team, suit up, and see one of the biggest showdowns in super hero history.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens 24 March 2016 in South African cinemas.


By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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