Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice came out in 2016, yet here we are in 2022, and it still is one of the most controversial and talked about Superhero movies ever. Fans around the world either love it or hate it, but the fact remains, it is the most important and path-breaking superhero film to grace the screens in a long time. Whether it is Ben Affleck’s performance as Batman, the introduction of Wonder Woman on-screen (who later gave DC one of its biggest hits), or the treasure trove of details this movie is, this film is leagues better than what fans give it credit for.
Still, it is often underestimated. It’s shine, overlooked. We intend to change that and bring its best aspects in sharp focus. Below are 6 reasons why Batman v Superman is a much better movie than imagined.
1. Ben Affleck as Batman
It is a unanimously held opinion, that Ben Affleck shined as Batman in the film. His casting added a layer of depth and nuance to the role of Batman. The costume was perfect, his Bruce Wayne was dark and mysterious, as most fans imagine him to be. His Batman struck terror in the heart of criminals, again as fans imagine batman to do. All in all, Affleck’s casting in Batman’s role was a crowd pleaser and one of the best facets of the film.
2. Introduction of Wonder Woman
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice introduced the character of Wonder Woman on the big screen, and boy was it a success. The role shattered gender norms and showed how female superheroes can be as super as their male counterparts. Wonder Woman later came as a stand-alone feature and was a massive hit. Much of what the fans loved and appreciated about Wonder Woman, first came in BVS, which set the stage for her eventual realization as a stand-alone character.
3. Treasure Trove of Details
This film is by far the most detail-oriented, to the absolute delight of true fans everywhere. Easter eggs, trivia, references, name it, it’s there.
Dates, and other hidden references, provide a depth and layer to the movie which aids in its immersion. This film has plenty of that. Be it the artwork at Lex Luther’s residence, a small cameo of Aquaman, or the second cameo appearance of The Flash, this film has a mountain of details. Clearly, it deserves several re-watches.
4. The Fight Scenes
There were two big fight sequences in BVS. Both, the one between Batman and Superman, at the beginning of the movie and the ‘Warehouse Scene’ were the high points. Those alone are enough reasons to watch the film. Batman’s donning of the armor from ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ was breathtaking. The film had arguably the best Batman fights ever on screen. The action in this film was truly unparalleled.
5. Batman and Superman Together
Two of the most prominent superheroes together in a film is reason enough to make this one special. All the way back since the early 90s, fans have been fantasizing about a shared universe between the two, and here we have it. The Man of Steel and the Caped Crusader share screen space, and the fight between the two is absolutely fantastic.
6. Progression of Superman’s Story
In the movie ‘Man of Steel’, Superman’s character was new to the earth and attracted a lot of distrust and hostility. However, with time things changed, he was no longer seen as a threat. As the realization that he was one of the good guys dawned, he was quickly accepted by the community.
This continues in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. People here were divided in their opinion of Superman. Some loved him, while others hated him. For some, he was a hero, while others viewed him as a troublemaker. This was a refreshingly honest and nuanced take on the image of Superman, who has always been bathed in admiration and love by all. This film tries to be more realistic in its portrayal.