The Perfect Comic Movie Will Probably Never Exist

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Where do I even begin? I saw the movie and have been sitting on this blog because I wasn’t sure how to go about putting it together in a cohesive format as opposed to just typing a bunch of random pros and cons in no particular order. Wait…..”Pros & Cons in no particular order”? That sounds good! Let’s go that route, shall we?

Batfleck! Wow did he pull that off! He was the biggest gripe that fanboys had since the moment he was announced for the part but dammit if he didn’t own that role! He, by far, has been the best on-screen representation of BOTH Bruce Wayne as well as Batman. Well done, good sir! Talking to quite a few other fans and from what I’ve been reading online, the general population agrees with me on this!

Lex was portrayed in an interseting way. They definitely borrowed heavily from the influence of Ledger’s Joker but was it needed? We all know Lex to be a sociopath but this was a skittish, thoughts-all-over-the-place version. While I didn’t mind it, it felt a little off but being that I overall enjoyed it, I’ll call it a pro due to them thinking outside of the box with him and presenting him in a way he has yet to be seen.

Fans have been whining like little schoolgirls with a skinned knee about how dark Superman has been portrayed these last 2 movies. These are characters that have to change and grow with the times. We no longer live in a world that’s all apple pies and sunshine. We live in a real world that is full of violence and bad decisions. We live in a world where people are flawed. A world where we learn from our mistakes. None of us are made great straight from the go and that is the portrayal of Superman that we get. He’s been Superman for roughly 2 years. The Superman that fans are crying for doesn’t exist in this new cinematic universe. I enjoy this version of a Superman that is still learning that his actions have consequences. Fans can’t like Jared Leto’s new version of The Joker for being relatable with the times but not feel the same for Superman.

I still hold my position with that being that Amy Adams is not good choice for Lois. She doesn’t seem as formidable as Lois comes off in other media, be it comics or animation. Hell, even on Smallville, she was a badass! Alfred was cool. Nothing too exciting but not dull either.

There were a lot of memorable moments in this film. Some great and some not so. Some of the great ones were definitely the bombing during the hearing with Superman just left to look around at all of the death. That was a powerful moment. Doomsday continuing to morph was cool. He didn’t end up staying a Ninja Turtle/Goomba/Arkham Clayface looking thing. Wonder Woman showing up to help out was a welcomed addition as well. Gal Gadot came through nicely in her role. The bathtub scene between Lois & Clark was unnecessary. Sure, it showed humanity between a human and a godlike person but that could’ve been done in so many other ways.

I firmly believe that the biggest flaw of the movie came between the instant bromance between Batman & Superman with the mere mention of their mothers’ name. Now following that thought, I have read what director Zack Snyder has said about that scene and what the meaning really is. What it made Batman come to realize. While that all makes sense when you dig for that sort of explanation, it doesn’t make sense on the surface to Johnny and Jane movie-goer who are wondering if they’re watching an alternate cut of Step Brothers.

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My other big gripe actually goes into cameo territory. While it was cool to see Cyborg & Aquaman, I can’t say the same for “El Flasho”.

El Flasho

El Flasho

Hippie man-bun complaints aside, why does he have a mustache? As petty as this sounds, according to fellow fans, it’s actually pretty big. When I saw “El Flasho” on screen during Bruce’s dream, the first image to pop to mind was this:

Super Amigos!

Super Amigos!

Tell me you didn’t either think the same or just now laugh out loud! While I’m all for diversity/change to iconic characters, (cough cough Nick Fury cough cough), it has to feel right and make sense. I’m sorry but I don’t think “Bernardo Alejandro” is cool. Sigh.

Lastly, the score to this movie really stood out to me as well. It made a lot of the scenes feel that much more powerful. Next time you watch, pay attention to that. Will I go out and buy the soundtrack? No, but I’d be remiss not to memtion the music.

Anyhow, to sum up this long read, I thoroughly did enjoy the movie and am anxious to watch it again. Remember, there will probably never be a perfect comic film. Hell, Watchmen, heralded as one of the greatest comic stories of all time and then adapted for the screen almost identically, still isn’t a perfect comic movie (even before the ending change). Just remember, Star Wars: the Force Awakens is out on Bluray/DVD this week…

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