Granger on Movies: ‘Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice’
One truth is self-evident: DC comic book movies make money! It doesn’t matter if they’re bad or good —scowling superheroes rule!
Back when Christopher Nolan made his grim “Dark Knight” trilogy, he laid the groundwork for the somber, emotionally tortured vigilante hero. Now, director Zack Snyder (“Man of Steel”) seriously pushes the envelope even further.
Their story begins with a shadowy introduction to Bruce Wayne — a.k.a. Batman (Ben Affleck) — via a childhood dream sequence and the destruction of downtown Metropolis by Kryptonians, a disconcerting reference to the 9/11 attacks at Ground Zero.
As tech prodigy Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) maniacally manipulates, their bickering commences over moral imperatives and ideological differences.
One thing quickly leads to another and soon two of the most iconic figures in comics are grotesquely battling in the streets of Metropolis and Gotham, which apparently are situated so close together than one can spy the Bat-signal from the rooftop of the Daily Planet.
The highlight is when Wonder Woman — a.k.a. Diana Prince (Israeli ex-soldier Gal Gadot) — finally appears. “Wonder Woman has the strength of a superhero,” Gadot said at Comic-Con, noting Wonder Woman will have her own origin movie, adding, “She’s sophisticated and loving, with emotional intelligence.”
Convolutedly scripted by David S. Goyer and Chris Terrio, it is thematically confusing yet visually dazzling with Jeremy Irons as Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred, Holly Hunter as a skeptical senator, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Martha and Jonathan Kent — plus cameos by newsmen Anderson Cooper and Charlie Rose.
FYI: No need to sit through the credits as there are no additional sequences.
On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” is a flashy, forgettable 5. Quoting Shakespeare’s “Macbeth:” “It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing ...”