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Dawn of Justice, or Not

Published on April 18, 2016 by Paul Ciano

Finally, I gathered enough will power to make myself see Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I was hesitant because I love these characters and did not want to see them misrepresented. This was an important movie, and would set the tone for the rest of the live-action DC Universe.

Unfortunately, it was bad. Very bad.

As a straight-out, action-adventure movie, it was bad. It had a weak plot, wooden acting, and when the action came, it was rendered impotent because you did not care about any of the characters. Some special effects looked great, while others, like Doomsday, were terrible.

It was not all bad. There were some things that I liked (older, even more morally ambiguous Bruce, Wonder Woman, and WONDER WOMAN), and I got the sense that, under the right direction, with different casting choices (sorry Affleck, I was not seeing it), and some patience, this could have been a much better movie.

DC seems to have serious Marvel-envy, and it appears that they are desperately trying to play catchup. In Dawn of Justice, they combined many stories that would have been better served as their own entries in the new, DC cinematic universe.

The truth is that DC has already accomplished the rich, world building that Marvel is now so well known for; they just did it in the animated medium. After the success of the Tim Burton Batman movies, a dedicated group of highly skilled and creative people were empowered to bring these characters to life, on the small screen.

They started with Batman, then moved on to Superman, and eventually, the Justice League. In my opinion, they created the greatest expanded universe a geek could hope for. Twenty years later, it is still putting out quality content and generating massive love.

For whatever reason (greed, stupidity, impetuousness), Warner Brothers and DC have fucked this up. It is a shame, but all is not lost. Still, there is an abundance of DCAU quality content, and I, along with many others, will continue enjoying it for years to come.

Paul Ciano

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