Thaddeus, I’m neither comic book scholar nor film critic. I grew up reading mostly Marvel but adored the Dark Knight series. I came to Batman vs. Superman just a few weeks ago very limited on DC lore. I had heard endless handwringing about a weak Wonder Woman, an overly dark cinematic experience, and a script that was unfulfilling. Some random impressions:
I, too, was irritated by the Batman origin retelling but got over it quickly when it bounced to Bruce’s street-side, powerless experience with the Superman/Zod face-off. It was a great setup for dark, disaffected Bruce.
Angry, conflicted, confused, vulnerable Superman is better than altruistic, omnipotent, lovable Superman. Nobody likes monochrome. The movie did well with this.
Gal Gadot stole the damned show. Could she have been more muscly? Yeah, however, her warrior attitude and intelligent, independent purpose made me want to see a lot more of her in this film. I loved the hints at an ancient backstory. It was awesome that she took point in the final boss battle while Batman was just trying not to get killed.
I’m not sure what to make of the Lex Luther character. Your unreview kind of put it in to perspective for me. He seemed to be just a vessel, smart, but a tool nonetheless. Basically, “If you think I butt-hurt you, wait for what’s coming.”
I’m really looking forward to the Wonder Woman film and, surprisedly, the Justice League. Dare I say that I’m becoming a DC fan? Yeah, I think so. Lots of great characters and stories that need to come out.
Thanks for the writeup Thaddeus. Looking forward to reading more.