FILM: The League of Bats (Ranking the Caped Crusader) - #2

Rarely have I ever witnessed such a polarizing reception for a film.  If you were to go by critics opinions alone you’d be left thinking Batman v Superman was a disaster.  It left me incredibly confused prior to viewing, as Snyder had essentially made a fucking bad-ass Batman movie without Batman in Watchmen.  I was a lot less confused having watched it, not because they were right but because I could see how they came to that conclusion.
"I make Robocop look like a little bitch."
The genius of the Marvel cinematic universe is that it’s accessible to everyone.  You’ve read every issue of Captain America since it migrated from National magazine – great; you’ve never lifted a comic book in your life – also great.  Marvel has set its stall up for novices and experts alike.  There are references to the source material for those who want to catch them but they’re immaterial to the narrative.  It’s good business, but terrible for the characters they can’t seem to make work as Black Widow is a pale imitation of her comic self and the Hulk is little more than a big mopey green dick.

For some time now people have been saying that DC need to find their cinematic voice.  In Batman v Superman, it’s evident that they have.  Theirs is a voice made stronger by the source material.  Is it an enjoyable movie.  Yes.  Is it more than that with some knowledge of the comics?  Most definitely!  And it’s this that I think the critical masses have taken issue with.  Would they critique Titanic because the boat sinks?  No, they’d critique it because of the function of film as the source material is the source material, yet most mainstream critics don’t have an interest, let alone knowledge of the source material and have been trained to believe they don’t need it.  Add to that the fact that the DCEU seems to be plotting a complex, interconnected web rather than the linear model of Marvel and you have the flawed blueprints for a critical slaying.

2. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Ben Affleck || Batman
Henry Cavill || Superman
Gal Gadot || Wonder Woman

There are fewer things more satisfying than seeing a dream realised.  With Batman v Superman aligning itself so faithfully to the rich comic book history it has allowed for seventy-five-plus years of superhero-dom to be beautifully rendered across the silver screen.  Are there loose ends?  Oh yeah, but I honestly believe that these loose ends should be judged when the final piece of DC’s elaborate puzzle is slotted into place.

Batman fights like Batman.  Watch the *spoiler* Martha Kent rescue scene and you’ll feel your Xbox thumbs twitch as you flash back to Arkham Asylum/City/Origins/Knight.  Bruce Wayne detects like the comics, looks like the animated series and has all the charm and superficial charisma he deploys to mask off the true man beneath the smile.  Add to that the excellent Alfred, fantastic Batmobile and Batwing, a super-cool cave and you’ve got the most rounded iteration of the Dark Knight we’ve ever been treated to.  Listen to him explain the origins of the Wayne family, stack it up against Keaton, Kilmer, Clooney & Bale and you still don’t even come close to the depth of understanding that this one scene delivers.
The biggest "versus" movie since Kramer vs Kramer
Then you have Superman, sure a slightly more disgruntled Superman than what we’ve been treated to but a Superman that seems to be on the path to Injustice and the comic book world shitting themselves with excitement.  If that’s not enough you’ve the Wonder Woman the entire world deserves not to mention a glimpse of Cyborg, Aquaman, The Flash, the Mother Box, Parademons and oh wait does Flash use a Boom Tube?  Illustrate this movie in the way they did the Keaton era movies and you have the most amazing graphic novel ever published.

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Stu Hogan is idolized by every child walking Hollywood Boulevard apart from his own.  Working the star-studded street as a Batman impersonator alongside good pal Brian (Superman) and steroid shooting Ricky (The Incredible Hulk), Stu's love of alcohol, gambling and strippers have left him behind with his alimony, down on his luck and looking for a quick fix for both.

Seeing an opportunity to change his circumstances, Stu enlists his fellow superheroes for a daring heist that has the impersonators fall short of their counterparts' lofty standards causing friendships to fracture and divisions to become deadly.

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