- Henry Cavill is a great Superman. In addition to having an almost perfect face and body, he did a great job portraying this character without making it feel like an exaggeration. Bonus: check out Man from UNCLE, Guy Richie’s most under-rated film.
- Despite the outfit which really needs a consultation with the local feminist’s association, Wonder Woman is a bad ass. She was a fun addition to this film.
- Despite Ben Affleck, Batman wasn’t horrible to watch. Not great, but not horrible. At some points I actually believed he was an actual character, not some guy trying to act.
- I liked the fact that both super heroes were angsty and sad, and then took it out on each other. It was interesting to see a film without a load of self-righteous outrage. Marvel has a lot of that. These characters totally let their emotions get the best of them and then they did kind of go – oh crap, am I complete fuck-up?
- I like Amy Adams. I like her as Lois Lane. Superman keeps rescuing her but it’s pretty clear that it is his issue, not hers. In other words she never comes off as a damsel in distress who needs to be saved. In fact, emotionally Clark relies a lot more on her and I think he needs to rescue her. He needs someone to serve as his emotional and social compass. For someone who is basically indestructible with god-like powers, it is clear that he could very easily go off the rails and he knows it. He needs Lois to keep him (pun alert!) grounded in the human world.
There are some deeply flawed elements to this film as well. Jesse Eisenberg, whom I really like and thought was an intriguing choice for Lex Luther just didn’t pull if off for me. I kept thinking he was Mark Zuckerberg gone amok. Maybe that’s what he was going for? DC films continue to lack the snappy dialogue and emotional depth that has pushed Marvel into the mainstream. Ultimately this was a film about family and the way that our family define who we are – or who we fight against. They make us into the people or aliens that we are for both good and ill. This is a smart and interesting idea but it didn’t get proper treatment here. Too much fighting – not enough character introspection. I hope the franchise is able to develop this theme more and use it flesh out the characters more fully. And as long as Ben Affleck just has to growl around as Batman, that should work just fine. Oh and my 5.5 – Jeremy Irons is a great Alfred, thank goodness.