Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice – The DVDfever Cinema Review

Batman V Superman

The Third act is by far the movie’s saviour. If it wasn’t for the acting and action of the third act, with the fight between Batman and Superman and the introduction to Wonder Woman who joins in the fight against Doomsday, the film wouldn’t have been entertaining.

As I’m sure you know there are also points where you see other Justice League members appear in the movie. I really enjoyed how these were handled and if you see the movie please keep an eye on the “Nightmare” vision scene where you see Batman in an old duster coat – quite a few easter eggs and character nods for fans to feast upon, there.

Overall, there was plenty for me to enjoy in this film – just not enough for what the movie wanted to be. The first and third acts were great, but the middle was a bit of a boring mess in parts which do not fit with the plot given. I think it’s the editing and script that hurt this movie the most, but the action and acting is what saves the movie.

You may think that I’m unclear with my opinion of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice but with our local Odeon cinema being a complete rip off – where one ticket is the same price as a new bluray, I don’t have the money or inclination to revisit the cinema to rewatch and gauge a decisive opinion. So in this respect I will save some of my opinion for the three-hour directors cut upon its home release.


Overall score: 6.5/10 – This was tricky, I was fighting with myself over a 6 or 7 out of 10 so I must compromise with a 6.5 (DVDfeverDom adds: I felt exactly the same with Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens)

It’s not a bad movie… I enjoyed it but there are faults. Unfortunately, too many for a movie setting up a new cinematic comic book universe. In my opinion, they should have started with a solo Batman movie before going all in as they did. It just feels like DC are trying too hard to catch up with the already well-developed Marvel Cinematic Universe – it’s like throwing a bowling ball before the pins are out.

Another problem I can see with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is that I cannot recommend taking your kids to see it. The film is a 12A but I do not see the point in this as anyone under 12 will likely be bored or so lost in the mess of the plot that they may fall asleep or otherwise not enjoy the movie. It is clear that this movie was aimed towards an older audience, which is all well and good when it comes to more violent characters such as
Deadpool, Punisher or Dredd, but we are talking about Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. This film should definitely have had more of a family feel so it could be enjoyed by a younger clientele.

The movie is worth going to see but you may come out not knowing what you think due to the messy movie presented before us… here’s hoping Suicide Squad delivers better.

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is available to pre-order on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, 4K UHD Blu-ray and DVD.

There’s also the Batman Statue Limited Edition and the Superman Statue Limited Edition up for pre-order.

You can also buy the Deluxe 2-CD Limited Edition Soundtrack, and click on the poster for the full-size image.


Detailed specs:

Running time: 151 minutes
Studio: Warner Brothers
Year: 2016
Format: 2.35:1 (Digital Intermediate (4K), Anamorphic Panavision, Panavision Super 70, Super 16), 2.20:1 (70 mm version), 1.90:1 (some scenes: IMAX digital version), 1.44:1 (some scenes: IMAX 70 mm and Laser versions)
Released: March 25th 2016
Rating: 6.5/10

Director: Zack Snyder
Producers: Simon Kinberg, Ryan Reynolds and Lauren Shuler Donner
Screenplay: Chris Terrio and David S Goyer (based on Batman created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, and Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster)
Music: Junkie XL and Hans Zimmer

Bruce Wayne/Batman: Ben Affleck
Clark Kent/Superman: Henry Cavill
Lois: Amy Adams
Lex Luthor: Jesse Eisenberg
Martha Kent: Diane Lane
Perry White: Laurence Fishburne
Alfred Pennyworth: Jeremy Irons
Senator Finch: Holly Hunter
Diana Prince/Wonder Woman: Gal Gadot
Wallace Keefe: Scoot McNairy
Anatoli Knyazev: Callan Mulvey
Mercy Graves: Tao Okamoto
Young Bruce Wayne: Brandon Spink
Martha Wayne: Lauren Cohan
Wayne Industries Pilot #1: Alan D Purwin
Jack O’Dwyer: Mark Edward Taylor
Wayne Industries Pilot #2: Hugh Maguire
Zod: Michael Shannon
Sage: Ripley Sobo
Jimmy Olsen: Michael Cassidy
Emmet Vale: Ralph Lister
Jenny: Rebecca Buller
Swanwick: Harry Lennix
Major Farris: Christina Wren
LeBlanc – Library President: Nicole Forester


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