Name: Batman V Superman, Dawn Of Justice
Running Time (minutes): 151
Description: The general public is concerned over having Superman on their planet and letting the “Dark Knight” – Batman – pursue the streets of Gotham. While this is happening, a power-phobic Batman tries to attack Superman. Meanwhile Superman tries to settle on a decision, and Lex Luthor, the criminal mastermind and millionaire, tries to use his own advantages to fight the “Man of Steel”.
Stars: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams
Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Man of Steel… Dawn of Justice… Tired of superhero movies… The titles alone makes me sick.
The whole thing seemed rather disjointed and I quickly lost track of the countless cut-to-blacks. Batman is incredibly stupid in this one and I just find the idea of Superman and him fighting one another ludicrous, especially when the storyline is so absurd that the final battles made me laugh. Oh hang on, now they’re friends, four words by Lois Lane did the trick. The other characters were equally boring, I just didn’t connect with anyone on any level. Even Diane Lane was bleak most of the time. The only interesting character was Amy Adams. Wait, did Superman just fly off again after having been beaten senseless by Batman and did Lois just become unconscious and conscious in, like, three seconds? The ending isn’t bad, it’s just unfortunate that it took two hours, twenty minutes and an idiotic monster before something interesting happened.
Now, the music. It could hardly be worse than Man of Steel. The addition of choir was a nice surprise and I liked some of the other-worldly sound design, a rather playful (but inappropriate) celesta/pizzicato strings piece for Lois and some nice violin solos during one of the bad guy’s monologues. But… Why the hell is it in A minor, again?? Wy is Hans Zimmer still writing (this) music? Granted, his Superman motif was slightly more effective here, but there’s still no room for romance here. Oh, sorry, of course, romance isn’t cool and requires a different key and maybe some woodwinds. Batman’s identity is a bit of a riddle to me as well. At first I wondered why Zimmer’s old material wasn’t used, but then I remembered that Zimmer wanted to give someone else the chance to write his music (enter 2,000 ghostwriters) and of course we can’t have two superheroes have two two-note themes in one film. In other words, Zimmer’s superhero themes got him into trouble because they weren’t well-considered. The new Batman music sounds a bit like Elfman’s version of the theme, which isn’t bad, but here it lacks any kind of heroism, which IS bad. Some Superman theme statements were placed in scenes that didn’t need it and the familiar violin/cello chords were annoying too. And urgh, Wonder Woman’s music is insufferable. Am I supposed to feel awestruck by this woman? This music just makes me hate her, but at least we’re in E minor now. Hello, she lived during World War One, how about some nod to the past, some mysteriousness, some… something else than electric guitars, for crying out loud?
Special kudos to the audio-describer who did his utmost to use many colourful adjectives, which made the ending extremely moving.