Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Starting with trickling rumors years ago and cascading into a marketing behemoth, the movie finally released to an amazing opening weekend money grab coupled with a bunch of lackluster reviews. My suspicion was that after months (years) of anticipation, people went in with expectations that were just too high. Accordingly, I lowered my expectations slightly and went in ready for some fun-filled popcorn entertainment.
While Bruce tries to investigate an "arms dealer", Superman continues flying around the world saving innocents and the lovely Lois Lane (who now knows his identity). As more and more of his rescues continue to have collateral damage, Clark chats with Lois and his mom to try and figure out what he should do. He is definitely very torn between how to continue helping serve the world without being branded or condemned a troublemaker or more of a threat than a help.
Lest you think I'm being overly critical of the movie or that I hated it, let me just say that I DID really enjoy this movie. I felt like Ben Affleck did a great job as Wayne/Batman. I loved Jeremy Irons as Alfred. I loved the character of Holly Hunter as the Senator struggling with what to do politically about Superman. While I am conflicted about him as "Lex", I enjoyed the villain stereotype of Jesse Eisenberg. Superman and Lois were good, if a little stifled due to the way they were written. And even though she didn't get much screen time, I really enjoyed Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and I'm excited for her movie.
3.5 out of 5 stars