Reportedly carrying a $250 million production budget price tag, boring is not a word you want attached to your project, but unfortunately, Batman v Superman is just that. Tedious, monotone and arduous, it fails to excite even as we reach the supposedly climatic fight sequence that feels dead on arrival. Drenched in doom and gloom, we are offered no light to the overwhelming shade that the film feels like a chore, rather than the exhilarating, engaging and enthralling picture it needed to be, as it very obviously tries to set up the interconnecting DCEU. It's desperation to do something different and interesting ultimately succumbs to the self-importance and top-heavy approach and structure the film accidentally employs. Even the effect feel overwhelming in the negative sense of the world which is not something you want for this high-cost, high-risk venture.
I don't want to kick the film while it is very much down (although, not too down in terms of box office, as it has just crossed $800 million worldwide, with little fanfare, note or celebration) but very few members of the cast can salvage the mess. Amy Adams comes closest, seemingly one of the only examples of a fleshed-out character, bringing something of life to the murky tale. Ben Affleck is promising but always feels like an added element, rather than a co-headliner, while Henry Cavil never really embodies what is it to be Superman. He's not totally redundant but nor is he utterly convincing. Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor is pretty damn irksome and irritating, with the poetic language used by the character portraying him as entirely of conceit and arrogant. This very well may have been exactly the approach he created, but I am not at all sold, as it strips away any sinister lurking of the supposed criminal mastermind into something quite laughable.
Batman and Superman fight but no one wins. No one. Not Batman, Superman, the audience, or the future prospects for Warner Bros' attempt at Disney's superior Marvel Cinematic Universe, whose tightly plotted and woven universe projects a large shadow over this attempt of an Extended Universe. It is redundant in fulfilling anything for this franchise than turning people away. Essentially, the compression with Marvel's Avengers will always be there and whilst they took the intellectual root of crafting individual stories and setting up bigger stakes, DCEU decay under that notion by trying to count their chickens before they hatch.
Summary: In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, everybody loses.
Highlight: Amy Adams and Hans Zimmer's soundtrack (if only it was toned down so it wasn't so deafening).