This article will contain potentially massive spoilers for the highly anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. You’ve been warned.
The review comes from Reddit user ViolatingNDA, who reportedly attended a screening of Zack Snyder‘s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice last night in LA. I am not going to waste any time with set up and get right to their review.
“Hey DC_Cinematic, i’m using a throwaway account for obvious reasons, but I saw the movie last night! I use a website for advance screenings and I got tickets for a mystery film and it turned out to be BvS.
The movie was very long, as long as TFA if I were to make a comparison. It didn’t drag though; every minute of the film was used effectively.
Performances were all great. Jesse Eisenberg as Lex is way more complex than what the trailers show. By the end of the film, you will HATE him, but at the same time, you can’t help admire how capable this guy is.
Ben Affleck as Bruce/Batman is definitely the standout performance. I was surprised/scared how different he became when he put the mask on. This Batman will come across as a villain to some viewers; he enjoys inflicting pain on criminals. There was a scene where he was branding a criminal, and he had the biggest smile on his face. I don’t know how fans will react to that, but I felt it worked with this version of the character.
Everyone else was great too, even the new supporting characters played by Jena Malone and Scoot McNairy. Jena Malone plays a crippled Barbara Gordon. She doesn’t have much screentime, but she does make a Killing Joke reference about an amusement park incident involving her now retired father. Scoot is playing Jimmy Olsen who was injured during the events of Man of Steel. He does not blame Superman like the others, but supports him and views him as a hero. He has a popular blog about Superman.
The third act was mindblowing. The Doomsday reveal in the trailer is just the tip of the iceberg. There is a lot of action, and I loved every moment of it. The first and second acts are the “Batman v Superman” parts of the movie, while the third act is entirely “Dawn of Justice.” You will see a fully assembled Justice League by the end of the film.
All in all, BvS is the greatest comic book movie since The Dark Knight, and I can’t wait to see it again come March.
If anyone has questions, i’ll be glad to answer.”
With about three months to go before the film premieres, it is a little early for screenings to be taking place, and certainly very early for any review. But for those of us that just can’t wait to see this movie, there is amazing information here. Of course ViolatingNDA was questioned as to the veracity of the screening, but went as far as to post a screen shot of his confirmation to attended a “Mystery Screening” from Warner Bros. Some more quotes from ViolatingNDA:
On Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman:
“GG is a believable and beautiful Diana Prince, every line she says is always backed with a sense of sincerity and purity, but also carried with weight.”
On Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor:
“Multi-layered, reminds me of Heath’s Joker. He stole every scene he was in, and left you wanting more. I loved how much I hated him.”
On overall impressions of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice:
“There were about 20-30 of us during the screening, but everyone was cheering and happy with the film. I believe this film will be critically praised, naysayers will eat their words. It is that good.”
On whether Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is overcrowded:
“It does have a lot of characters, but all of them play a specific role. Senator Finch, Jimmy Olsen, Lois, Perry, Swanwick, and etc. are all pieces of the puzzle if you will. Instead of crowding the film, they all play a role.”
On the most surprising moment:
“Most surprising moment, definitely the spectacle that is the third act with all the JL members.”
On how he thinks Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be received:
“It will win the general audience over and instill faith on the DC brand, helping the solo films.”
Biggest take away:
“BvS is the greatest comic book movie since The Dark Knight.”
There is a lot of information here, and a lot more over on Reddit. So if you want some of the more spoiler-y info, hit the link. What do you all think? Does this Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice review make you more excited? It’s killing me, I can’t wait! Let us know what you think in the comments section!
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 25th, 2016.