5 Great Elements In ‘Batman v Superman’

Last weekend Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was released to very mixed reception. There is a lot of movement and reactions within the fan community ranging from positive to extremely negative. We here at Heroic Hollywood enjoyed the film and so with that I think it’s an appropriate time to list five Elements that are great in the film.  There are several things that do work very well and those elements should be highlighted so that it doesn’t get lost within the criticisms and the controversy. As a word of warning this list contains spoilers so proceed with caution.

1. Ben Affleck As Batman

When Ben Affleck was announced to be portraying Batman in this film the fan community blew up with hatred him citing Daredevil, while simultaneously forgetting The Town and Argo. I’ve always been on board with Affleck and he did not disappoint. In fact Affleck may be the best incarnation of Batman that has been brought to the big screen. He’s dark, brutal, and captures the internal struggle of Bruce Wayne. He’s so good I’m certain that fans will be clamouring for him to appear in his own standalone films soon enough.

2. The Fight

When it actually gets to the fight of the film it’s spectacularly shot.  The Cinematography, the choreography, and the effects of this battle is a sight to see and it definitely delivers as a visual spectacle. I had the opportunity to see it in IMAX and on a larger screen it heightened the experience of that. It was exciting to see these two characters finally share the same screen time and duke it out like this. I have heard the criticisms that the fight isn’t as long as people wanted, but for me the placement and the length of the fight fit well within the story and felt satisfying enough.

3. The Cameos

One of the most interesting aspects of the film that has received a lot of attention is the fact that this film is building and laying the groundwork for the Justice League. In this film alone they decided to highlight all of the members of the league in different ways. In one particular scene Diana has gotten a hold of restricted files about metahumans. She takes the opportunity to look through all of the files showing the creation of Cyborg, the first appearance of Aquaman, and security camera feed showing The Flash stopping a robber in a store. As a fan of the characters it is great to see them featured in a way that was well integrated into the story.

4. Knightmare Sequence

One of the most interesting moments was this crazy hint-filled nightmare sequence that Bruce Wayne has in the middle of the film. In the dream Batman fights off soldiers who are under Superman. They are loyal to him to the point of kneeling in his presence.  This sequence is bizarre because not only do we see Superman kill people and Batman use a gun, but immediately following we get to see The Flash telling Bruce to “Find Them”. It’s sort of a jarrin scene and moment and I think that was the intention. It works well to put the audience off balance while giving them a hint at what’s to come and what could potentially happen. The dream brings to mind the game Injustice: Gods Among Us with the thought of a more murderous and all ruling Superman.

5. Wonder Woman

In my opinion the addition of Wonder Woman in this film was a very good move. Not only did Gal Gadot embody the character of Diana Prince, but she also stole many of the scenes that she was in and was extremely memorable. I found myself watching for her more so than Batman or Superman during the final battle with Doomsday. This was an extremely well done portrayal of the character and it makes me excited to see how she will be used in future DCEU projects and for her solo film.

Batman v Superman is a film that is being widely discussed, but hopefully these moments and elements rise to the top of most discussions.

Christian Michael Stoic

Christian Michael Stoic

Christian Michael Stoic is a writer, filmmaker, and comic lover from Los Angeles, CA. Heroic Hollywood is his introduction into the world of Journalism which...