Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice might groan under the weight of the many franchise expectations that rests on its broad, super heroic shoulders – but it never buckles under the strain. Snyder is a master visualist who knows how to shoot and frame a live action comic book movie and he gives Batman V Superman a dark richness which is a universe away from Marvel’s bright, breezy aesthetic. He’s taken many elements from the work of his 300 cohort Frank Miller, to present the grit of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and give a true comic book sensibility that’s been missing from nearly all of the Batman movies over the last 30-odd years. Snyder perfectly brings Batman into the world he fashioned in Man Of Steel and ensures Batman feels like an organic fit, rather than a franchise must-have.
If you’re of a certain disposition (and Movies In Focus is) you’ll find plenty to love and admire in Zack Snyder’s film. Longtime fans will see many callbacks to a selection of iconic comic book moments, while others will love the epic battle between two legendary heroes. It might not be perfect, but Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice definitely delivers on what it promises.