Batman V Superman: The Saga That Still Haunts

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Being involved in the lala land, much more than usual, I can’t take this Monday without any false-reality dimension to suck me into. So today, it’s about comics.

Comics have demonstrated a form of communication that marries the linear sequence of typography with the global perception of an internet-like matrix of simultaneous parts. It is important for some, while very important to many. It is another world for people to immerse themselves into.

So today, moving on from the SP (Samajwadi Party) shift, the reigning intolerance, sexism, our biasness, our hatred, and many other turbulent topics; I would want many of us to indulge into the world of Comics and have an experience worth experiencing. After all, political scenario of our country is currently altering itself with the speed of culture, and there’s no point of getting into the mayhem of things.

So, let’s start the ever-blue Mondays with the review of Batman V Superman, the failure of which still stumbles me.

With all those marketing tactics being followed up, for instance the teasers, the launch of merchandise and introducing the new iconic superheroes just till the end of the trailers; it’s not only for a fan like me but for film critics who could finally shared their thoughts on what was the most anticipated movie of the year.

Penultimately, the premier and the response had been as split as the current US Presidential elections. It was an event, a blockbuster showdown between two iconic superheroes, and one of the most expensive marketing vehicles of all time, a sense-numbing, joy-bludgeoning, soul-deadening 152-minute trailer. The trailer was designed to kick-start for DC Comics the kind of malignant, obscenely lucrative superhero empire that Iron Man, Captain America, and the Avengers have gifted Marvel and Disney.

Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman isn’t packed with spoilers so much as it is stuffed with teasers, the kind of cameos and set pieces clearly designed to entice customers so that they pay to see the next three or four Justice League films while not helping them enjoy this one. It was one of the most teaser-dense movie to be ever-made.

For a film that’s supposed to play on the heart strings of the main characters, Lex, Diana, and Alfred were the only ones who came across as authentic. Batman was probably the most maligned, from his awkward opening monologue to the grunting one-liners. Of course, the Batman we see here is pulled right from the pages of Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns — and this isn’t a Batman most moviegoers are used to.

Even Bale’s Batman, at his deepest despair hiding away in his mansion, waiting for Selena to unlock his safe and his heart, doesn’t come close to how dark this Bat has fallen. It’s a great Batman and Ben Affleck leading the film; he does the character complete justice.

Overall I did love Batman V Superman. It’s not the flawless movie I was hoping for, but I still enjoyed the heck out of it. I am thinking Snyder’s 3 hour version of this movie will make up for a lot of the problems he had while editing and pacing this piece, which should have given us some longer character moments, but at the end of the day, there simply was too much happening in this movie.

Batman v Superman should be the nail in the coffin of an entire industry strategy, in which each superhero film’s primary job is to lay breadcrumbs leading toward the next one. But as anyone who watches these movies knows, nothing stays dead for long.

BvS isn’t a movie for die-hard comic fans. It isn’t a film for critics. Batman v Superman was made for the everyday, action-loving movie goer. Too bad I’m not that person.

Parag Upadhyay

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