Out of all the superhero franchises, I’ll be the first to tell you that Batman has always, and will always, be my favourite. So when news came out that the next DC flick would centre around an epic battle of the century featuring my favourite man in a “suit”, I was more than excited to see what that would mean.
We got to the movie theatre around half an hour before the movie begun (thank goodness – this place was packed). Much to our surprise, after signing in (this was an advanced media screening.. fine we felt pretty cool) we were handed IMAX tickets. I was like a kid on Christmas morning; last time I had been to an IMAX movie was for Fantasian 2000. In 2000.
Even better, there was a concession stand right before the theatre, and everything was free. Just grab and go. Like where am I.
Okay, enough about the experience (thanks, Warner!) – Let’s get into the movie.
To remind you – it had been nearly two years since Superman’s epic battle with Zod took over the city of Metropolis. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice gets straight into gear, full force ahead, basically in the first 7 minutes of the movie. That to me was one of my favourite parts of the movie – they didn’t dilly dally around… they got straight into the good stuff.
Convinced that Superman is now a threat to humanity as a whole, Batman (played epically by Ben Affleck, by the way) decides to embark on a personal vendetta to end Superman for good, all the while the conniving Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) launches his own crusade against the Man of Steel.
What follows is over 2 hours of the most epic special effects I’ve ever witnessed… and to see it in IMAX made it even crazier. The seats were shaking, and we were told we were seeing 40% more screen than regular. Worth it was an understatement.
Director Zac Snyder did a brilliant job making sure we felt all the emotions – fine, I may have shed a tear near the end. I will admit (without giving away any spoilers) that there IS something pretty crazy that happens in the last 10 minutes of the movie… You just gotta see it.
One of my favourite characters? Wonder Woman. She didn’t have the biggest part in the first half of the movie, but she more than made up for her lack of lines in the last half hour of the flick.
In closing – Batman V Superman was the perfect mix of action, hold-on-to-your-seat thrill, special effects I didn’t know existed, emotion and “holy crap I can’t believe this is happening”.
See it this weekend. You’ll thank me.