Anyone who reads this blog will know I am firmly on Team Superman and that is mainly to do with Lois Lane being part of his life. The main box that I wanted checked off with Batman v Superman was lots of Clois (i.e. Clark and Lois) stuff and this movie delivered that to me.
Smallville isn’t the reason why I love Clois but that show’s Clois is definitely my number one with Henry Cavill and Amy Adams a firm second. The reason why I love Clois is Superman II except for the whole amnesia kiss thing.
I digress but it was all the Clois moments in Batman v Superman that made me love this movie. The rest of the action made me like the movie.
All you need to know is Batman v Superman takes place 18 months after Man of Steel but we do see the destruction of Metropolis from Bruce Wayne’s (Ben Affleck) point of view. Bruce sees Superman as a threat to Earth and needs to be kept in check. Senator June Finch (Holly Hunter) feels the same way. Meanwhile, Clark Kent wants to report on the Bat vigilante in Gotham while Perry tells him not to. Then you have Lex Luthor who pits Batman against Superman and when that doesn’t work, let’s loose Doomsday. a creature he creates from Zod’s DNA and his own. Add into the mix is Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) aka Wonder Woman who was after files Lex had on her and other metahumans that include the Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman.
I won’t spoil what happens at the end of the movie but if you’ve read the Superman comics that feature Doomsday or seen the animated movie, you will know how it ends.
First off, I thought Ben Affleck made for a fine Batman and it was great to see Wonder Woman finally on the big screen. I wanted to applaud her appearance at my screening but I wasn’t feeling it from the crowd. Wish we had more Gal Gadot so I am looking forward to the Wonder Woman movie next year. However, Jesse Eisenberg was a bit over the top as Lex Luthor that I thought he should have toned it down a bit.
Cavill was once again great as Superman/Clark Kent more true to his comic book counterpart than he was in Man of Steel and loved his chemistry with Amy Adams. I felt that Adams’ Lois had way more to do in this film than the last, which to me is always a good thing. Lois is the one that is asking the questions and figuring things out in the movie and we see why she is the reporter that she is. What I loved about Clark and Lois in this movie is they live together, can have some sexy times and she is a source of comfort to Clark. Another thing is Clark will always be there to rescue the woman he loves as he states in the movie and I love his “I love you” to Lois before he confronts Doomsday. There are some moments in the film that seems like a shout out to the Smallville season 11 comic and that is the scene in which a shirtless Clark is cooking eggs. We see something similar in issue 2 of “Guardian”. By the way, a shirtless Cavill was also on my checklist.
There was another small Smallville connection in this movie too. The photographer that accompanied Lois in Africa was Jimmy Olsen and played by Michael Cassidy who was Grant Gabriel in season 7 and was Lois’ love interest! Joe Morton is another Smallville connection as he played Dr. Steve Hamilton in the earlier seasons and in the DCU he is Cyborg’s father. There is also a spoilery appearance here that is reminiscent to Smallville’s season 10 premiere “Lazarus”.
If I had one complaint about this movie is the lack of humor in it. Only once did I chuckle but I won’t reveal where as it is kind of spoilery.
But I am looking forward to Justice League not only to see so many superheroes together but also how they bring back a certain character.