The gladiator match of the season draws so completely on the power of a saleable
franchise and ajumbo budget for special effects that itbypasses something vital
It’s the classic stage where the big bad guy frames the super good hero and
everybody falls for it with Batman deciding that it’s time to end Superman’s
reign on earth. All the usual Superman and Batman moments are knitted in. The
Daily Planet editor as usual can’t wait to bring down Superman while Lois Lanebats
for her caped boyfriend. Crime fighting billionaire Bruce Wayne’s key man on
the ground Alfred stays poker-faced. And kryptonite is the key word for super
strength and super weakness.
The American Senate and Bruce Wayne, now beefier with age, believe
Superman was behind a desert op that turned into a massacre. But you and I know
that psychotic Lex Luthor is the author of this infamous ambush.
America is in trouble which in Hollywood means the whole world is doomed
as Luthor gets his game going to destroy the good and create the evil. There
are cars, buildings, even the US Capitol blowing up, leaving America with the uncomfortable
question: was Superman complicit in all of this?
An old human touch is brought in with Superman’s mother Martha and a
missing-you-dad meetingon the mountain. There is also a huge attempt to play on
fan sentiments. But does it work?
Director Zack Snyder’s winning premise of pitting twowell-loved super
heroes against each other is unfortunately way too long and way too hackneyed
to hold your attention.
The two main guys who should be riveting are Henry Cavill as Superman
and Ben Affleck as Batman. But all they really do is to out-scowl each other
when they’re not noisily bashing each other up. Jesse Eisenberg has the more
interesting part of edgy baddie Lex Luthor though it does tend to tip over to
What the team of writers do for the franchise is to introduce Wonder
Woman and put windows and doors all over the blueprint for half-a-dozen sequels
to walk in. While that may keep the fans appeased for now, far more substantial
content would be required to sustain the interest in the long run.
For a showdown that should’ve been out of this
world but treads routine ground, Batman
V Superman gets a 2.5* rating.
Reviewed bySenior Journalist & Author
Bharathi S Pradhan