Yesterday I saw the preview trailers for both Wonder Woman and Justice League; both of which looked amazing, I might add, so last night I thought, after we finished watching Stranger Things, that it was time to finally watch Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
I really enjoyed it.
I was expecting to be disappointed, of course. When it was originally released, it was bashed everywhere I turned around. I was expecting Ben Affleck to suck, the movie to make no sense, Jesse Eisenberg to be horrific as Lex Luthor—the list of all the things I’d seen bashing it could go on forever. But I did enjoy it. I was never bored, the plot made sense to me, and the effects were terrific. I even think Eisenberg’s take on Lex Luthor was actually kind of interesting; at the very least it was different, rather than the same-old same-old. I also thought the film made some interesting points, and gave me some things to think about in terms of a Superman; what really would be the way people would react to a superhuman being who is all-powerful? I do think those aspects could have been further explored, and maybe they are in the comics now; when I was a kid reading all the Superman titles from DC Comics, Superman’s ultimate good-guy character was pretty much taken for granted, almost to the point where he was a bit on the sickening side (same problem I had with Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and the majority of mystery series for kids; I enjoyed them, but the one-dimensional goody two-shoes characters annoyed me); I much preferred the more nuanced Batman. (In a side note, in the comic books, Batman was always called the world’s greatest detective; in fact, one of his titles was Detective Comics, which was my actual favorite comic book every month. I do know Detective Comics still exists, but it has always disappointed me that this aspect of Batman has been primarily left out of the movies; not only was he strong and agile he was also incredibly observant and smart) But I’ve always been a fan of Superman; I’ve seen all of the movies and enjoyed them all for the most part (until the later Christopher Reeves ones kind of went off the rails); likewise, I’ve enjoyed every incarnation of Batman, even the cheesy later films in the series with George Clooney from the 90’s.
Then again, I also liked Man of Steel, which also kind of took a drubbing from the fans.
I don’t consider myself to be either a comics nerd or geek or whatever those who follow the comic books/movies/TV shows call themselves; I am a fan. I watch the television shows, I see the films, and periodically I dip back into the comic books themselves. I grew up with DC; I didn’t come to Marvel until I was in my twenties, and so there’s also a nostalgic sentimentality attached to the DC characters for me, like my same attachment to the kids’ mystery series. I will always be a Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys/Ken Holt/Three Investigators et al fan; likewise, I will always be a DC fan.
But I can appreciate different takes on the characters and their stories; DC has rebooted itself several times since I’ve become an adult, and seriously, the first one was, for me, the big betrayal—despite the genius involved with Crisis on Infinite Earths, and I appreciated the new take on all of the characters, including (and especially) the John Byrne reboot of the Superman mythology (the mini-series The World of Krypton was another big favorite; I still have my copies of it somewhere). So, yeah, I don’t really see the big deal with reboots and new takes on the characters for the movies and television shows, nor do I see these new takes as betrayals when the comic books themselves have done this over and over again. DC is currently rebooting its entire line of comic books superheroes yet again after the most recent reboot failed; I’ve been following it and reading them on my iPad and greatly enjoying them.
I will also admit that I was disappointed and taken aback by some of the film casting; and am a big enough person to admit I was wrong. Affleck is much better as Batman than I thought he would be; Gal Gadot is terrific as Wonder Woman; and while I am a BIG FAN of Jason Momoa, I didn’t think he was right for Aquaman. I also wasn’t pleased that Grant Gustin, so appealing as television’s The Flash, was passed over for Ezra Miller.
But the Justice League and Wonder Woman trailers convinced me otherwise.
And yes, I’ve been a BIG fan of Henry Cavill’s since he played Charles Brandon (one of my favorite characters from the Henry VIII history to begin with)in The Tudors.
And without giving any spoilers—really, if you haven’t watched this movie yet, you shouldn’t get upset at finding some on-line at this point—as soon as the word “doomsday” was uttered, I wondered if the film plot was going to follow the comics, and thought it did an excellent job of doing so.
And I can’t stop thinking about Lex Luthor’s question, “Can an all-powerful being be all good? Because if evil exists than the being can’t be all-powerful? So doesn’t it stand to reason that an all-powerful being is both good and evil?”
And now, the spice mines are a-calling me.