Both Batman and Superman are always serious and brooding. In fact, they only express one emotion and have one facial expression throughout the entire film. Batman comes across particularly badly. He's a mean-spirited and bitter man who is driven by his anger, instead of by a sense of justice. I don't blame Affleck, though; the character is written that way. Affleck could be a decent Batman, given a good script.
The action scenes are the best part of the film, but they're a bit of a mess too. The direction reminds me of Michael Bay: lots of explosions and flashes of light, with the camera moving quickly through the scene, making it difficult to see what's actually happening. The storytelling is similarly confusing at times, with some events unclear or unexplained or simply unbelievable.
There are two rays of light in this otherwise gloomy picture: Wonder Woman and Lex Luther, both portrayed with vigor and originality by Gal Gadget and Jesse Eisenberg. I only felt happy when these characters were on the screen.They are the only characters that feel human and have a spark of life.
Oddly, Batman v Superman feels neither like a Batman film nor like a Superman film, nor does it feel like a Marvel film. DC is clearly trying to copy the success of the Marvel films. I wish they would copy the spirit of the Marvel films by giving the characters a full spectrum of human emotions. Superheroes don't have to be dark and brooding to be interesting. They can even laugh at times, something I only did once during this film.
I felt almost no emotion during the entire film. I felt almost no connection to the characters. I didn't even feel anything at the end of the film, after a dramatic turn of events. The rest of the audience apparently didn't either. They had no reactions during or after the film: no applause, no laughter, no gasps, nothing. Perhaps the viewer is supposed to feel as emotionless as the film's superheroes. If so, then Batman v Superman is a great success.
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