Fearing the actions of a superpowered being left unchecked following the damage done to Metropolis and Gotham City, Batman takes on Superman, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. With the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight battling each other, a new threat, Doomsday, is created by evil billionaire Lex Luthor. It's up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences to stop Lex Luthor and Doomsday from destroying Metropolis and threatening the world beyond it.
Directed by: Zack Snyder
. Starring: Ben Affleck
, Henry Cavill
, Amy Adams
, Jesse Eisenberg
, Diane Lane
, Laurence Fishburne
, Jeremy Irons
, Holly Hunter
, Gal Gadot
, Scoot McNairy
, Callan Mulvey
, Tao Okamoto
, Brandon Spink
. Music by: Junkie XL
, Hans Zimmer
Bruce didn't kill Superman because their mothers have the same name. He saw Superman as just that Superman. Clark Kent didn't exist for Bruce. Superman was just an alien on earth that on the surface never bothered to be human. Yeah, he saved people but he also brought along with his death and destruction. Bruce, and Lex for that matter, projected on Superman a lot.
Bruce didn't kill Clark because of Lois. When he saw Lois, a regular person, going to defend Superman and the fact he has a human mother changed his perception of Superman. Superman's mother's name had nothing to do with why he didn't kill him. That name triggered Bruce to pause since he was remembering his parents' death, after that he got more pissed off with Superman not less. Not until Lois came and saved Clark.
This movie wasn't as safe or simplistic as most of the superhero movies out there. It's really sad to see movies that are mindless and the kind of basic and lowest common denominator are getting a lot of praise, while emotional and challenging movies like BvS isn't getting much despite being more inspirational. This movie triggered something that other Hollywood blockbusters aren't willing or able to reach, but some people don't even want to see this.
Anyways, I wanna talk about some characters. Lex Luthor. Apart from his cringy part, something I really appreciated about this take on Luthor is that they made him seem like a genuine egotistical threatening figure with power over everyone he comes into contact with, he felt like an actual challenge and threat to Superman. This version of him more scary, more frightening and into his more classic state. He really feels like Superman's intellectual superior in every way. But i guess we won't be seeing this version again.
Superman. I love Snyder's Superman because Superman is an incredibly difficult character to make relatable, and Snyder made that possible for me. His Superman is realistic. People criticize Snyder cause in MoS his Superman saved the world but not the New York, cause his Superman is an apocalypse level destruction, cause his Superman not colorful enough. It's a controversial but a realistic take on. What do you want? You want a God that acts like 12 years old? Do you want Superman to stop the fight and ask the villain ''Hey evil person, i'm sorry but can we fight in a non-public place, critics uncomfortable with city-leveling fights.''?
Wonder Woman. I love when people say ''WW was flat'' because they have never been this right. Yes, she was flat but what do you want? This was her debut movie, and it was pretty good for a little screen time, like all the other characters.
Batman. This Batman has been doing his night job for 20 years. The movie perfectly captured how much this Bruce Wayne is ADICTTED to the batsuit. That one scene where Affleck looking at the suit conveys just how tortured this Bruce Wayne is when he isn't wearing the suit. This Batman beat Superman -so please don't talk about him not being smart, strategic, and brilliant. He knew exactly what he was doing.- This Batman is just brutal. The first scene with him was just terrifying. The surroundings, the music, the cinematography screamed terror. Afterwards we see him in the Batcave interacting with Jeremy Irons as Alfred. By his behavior and his words this version of the character starts out believing that by being Batman, by shutting himself off to the world, hiding in the shadows, that he will be redeemed or brought to the light. But then he realizes that is nothing more than a 'beautiful light' and a childhood fantasy. Batman was lost in this movie. He's outlived his parents and most of his allies and his mission seems never ending still. He too turns bitter and cold towards his fellow man. Thus explaining his brutality. Especially after witnessing Superman's actions explained to us in Alfred's words: Everything has changed and good men are turning cruel. Batman ''despises'' Superman not because he's above the law, but because he has the power to wipe out the entire human race. ''So what happened to that him having the power to wipe out the entire human race part after the 'Martha' scene'' you say. After that scene, Batman sees Clark Kent, not Superman. And yes, he still has the power to wipe out the entire human race. But Batman doesn't see that part anymore because he had seen Superman's human side - his real side.
''Why does Luthor introduce Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent to each other?''
-How do you guys watch? Luthor didn't introduce Bruce Wayne to Clark Kent, (he arranged the convention but he didn't introduce them to each other) Clark Kent approached Bruce Wayne and asked a few questions by himself. The biggest 3 characters of the movie were on a convention together and Snyder executed that perfectly.
-Also, Luthor already know who they really are.
''After his supposed death, why does Superman get a militaryhero style funeral? Why is the country mourning?''
First off, you said in your review 'People of earth's distrust of Superman, due to the events from the first movie' I guess you didn't watch that first movie properly, either. Most of the people see him as a hope, some of them see him as a threat. If you didn't notice, they have a statue of him. Also, Superman saved those people's life by sacrificing himself twice. What do you mean ''why does Superman get a militaryhero style funeral?'' Later on in this movie, after the public hearing, we only see the Batman's aggression towards the Superman and the people who think Superman is a threat. So you supposedly think that ALL people see Superman as a threat
'Why did Superman stop Batman and didn't care the bad guys?'
He doesn't see Batman as a good guy. For him, Batman is Just another bad guy who brands people. Also It was way more apporiate for him to stop Batman and don't care about the bad guys because of the context that they gave to us.
'Why is Doomsday angry with Superman? Since he is made from Zod & Luthor's genes, does hatred towards someone pass through genes?'
Yes. Doomsday also got his flying and heat vision abilities from Zod.
'Why is Batman not suspicious of the other meta beings?'
Because they didn't fall from the sky like Superman. Because they didn't wipe out the whole city in a 1 day
'Why didn't Superman track down Martha with his super hearing?'
They said there was a scene where Clark tries to hear all of Metropolis and Gotham but it was too much and he couldn't focus. It was deleted scene because it was way too dark.
If you just say Martha to Batman, he will be friends with you. Sounds funny, right? But this is perfected symbolism and one of the places where editing shines. The first important thing is you have to listen Batman carefully while he's dragging Superman in that gutter. The second important thing is that the cut in a way to follow Batman's thought process of realizing what he has become. When the memory comes back to Bruce first showing the gun firing at Thomas, it then cuts to Batman showing that Batman is now an executioner, especially how the gun is pointed at his father is in relation to how Batman is standing over Superman. Then the pearls wrapped around the gun breaking as it is fired. After that, It cuts to the dream where he is a child falling. And then it cuts to Batman realizing that his dreams are his subconscious telling him that he has fallen. In the beginning of the movie where the dream takes place, Bruce says "In the dream, it took me to the light. A beautiful lie" It's cleverly shown by Snyder that Batman has started to realize that he has fallen, but he disregards that as a lie too in the beginning, saying this is how the world makes sense to him, being so brutal, especially at the point we see him in the movie, but now he starts to realize that he is wrong and he starts to let go of the beautiful lie and accepts the ugly truth. The final thing he needs to connect is Martha. It just shows Thomas reach out to Martha Wayne, mirroring how Superman is reaching out to Martha Kent. Bruce doesn't know this yet so he yells ''Why did u say that name'' once Lois tells him it his mothers name, not only does Batman realize they have something in common, he realizes that he became the very thing he dedicated his life to protect against. The action of Batman throwing the spear away is the moment he starts to now reject the man he became and the first action he does, in recompense, is to save Clark's mother, Martha.
It's a really clever way of filming someone's thought process. It's really fascinating how the first time we see the Wayne parent's murder, everyone is really in awe of how beautiful it was shot. When it is revisited again, it shows it is also poetic as well as beautiful. Save Martha was a plea that merely caught Bruce's attention. From there, he was able to deduce that this alien capable of a magnitude of destructive capabilities had true emotional investments in this world; that he possessed a family and loved ones, and thus, something to tangible to lose. Yes, family and friends are tangible things to lose. Batman knows exactly how it feels, how much change the death of a loved one can bring to u.
This altered Batman's perception of Superman from being this all-powerful god that he viewed as self-righteous and a bringer of judgment to an actual flesh and blood man. The Zod fight actually affected Bruce in the most personal of ways - ways that Luthor and Lois were not. Batman saw a girl becoming an orphan. He saw a person who killed someone's mother in his actions. He saw Joe Chill in Superman. People's pasts often dictate how they move forward, and the things he had experienced differed greatly from the other characters. We needed to see those various means and strategies because it was one of the fundamental conflicts of the film
''Why Superman says Martha instead of mother"
Because he was Superman at that time, not Clark Kent.
Review by nothimme from the Internet Movie Database.