No spoilers. The only details discussed here are seen in the previews.
I had never attended a midnight premiere, but as my kids and I have become DC comics fans after a year of playing their role playing game, DC Adventures, we bought the tickets online a few days ago and stood in line at 11:15 last night, along with perhaps 100 other people.
They don’t have school today, but I have work, so the question is: Was it worth it?
I find I have to give the lawyer’s answer: It depends.
I loved Batman’s nightmares. Those were the best parts of the film.
I loathed how the director, Zach Snyder, combined the plots of two major comic series — Dark Knight and Doomsday — into one story with Lex Luthor as the integrating antagonist. That was even more of a Frankenstein’s monster than the creature Lex hobbles together to beat up the heroes.
I loved how the problems of Superman as Jesus figure are discussed plainly.
I loathed how Superman is blamed for things that no one would blame Superman for. There was plenty to work with in the 9/11-esque destruction of high rises during his boss fight with General Zod. The additional stuff was silly.
Batman vs Superman is like the 1981 cult classic, Heavy Metal. There are a lot of cool scenes, but it doesn’t hang together as a coherent movie, even with the glowing green rock.
The upcoming Justice League series has potential. My worry is, the first two JL films are going to be directed by the same guy. He’s made good movies. Dawn of the Dead (2004) and Watchmen (2009) were excellent. But 300 (2007) is just a music video with abs and spears, and Man of Steel (2014) was watchable, but not very fun.
In Snyder’s defense, he’s having to deal with an era when movies have to market their own sequels. That can make things weird. If he’d had the discipline, or been allowed the discipline, to make Batman vs Superman one story, it could have worked. The original Dark Knight comic series from 1986, where Superman is flag-waving muscle for the Reagan Administration and Batman is an angry libertarian who beats the crap out of Superman as an act of political protest, is excellent. The Doomsday comic series (1993) is just a snuff film about a big monster that beats Superman to death, so you can guess which story I would focus on.
What I saw late last night was half of two plots held together by Lex Luthor, who had nothing to do with either story in original form, with several ads for upcoming films involving various DC heroes, and a little Wonder Woman thrown in for fun.
That was worth seeing, as a Sunday matinee, with no lines.
At midnight, full price? Nah.