Dawn of Justice

Today, I went and watched Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, so here’s a quick review. THE REVIEW WILL BE COMPLETELY SPOILER FREE.

For almost the last three years, we have been waiting for this film, and finally, our patience has paid off. And despite the ridiculously low critique, I personally believe that Zack Snyder has delivered pretty well. This makes we wonder what the critics were drinking/snorting before going to the movie. Or maybe it is just stigma against Ben Affleck as an actor. However, in my opinion, no one could have played an aged Bruce Wayne better than him. Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprise their roles from Man of Steel, and both have improved a lot in the last three years (Although Lois Lane is still slightly less useful than Sakura Haruno. Superman, her personal 911, has to keep his ears open for whenever she might scream for help). Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor was perhaps one of the weaker characters on screen, although I believe that in future movies, as his character develops, so will his acting. However, the person who, despite getting less than 30 minutes of screen time in all, stole everyone’s heart, was none other than the gorgeous Gal Gadot! Every scene she was in had an extra layer of grace, and I am not saying this just because she is hot. Jeremy Irons also presented a unique rendition of Alfred Pennyworth. This Alfred is not only younger (compared to all previous movie incarnations), but he also has almost a non-existent British accent. However, for the very few minutes that he appears on-screen, the Wayne Manor Butler will not make you feel bored.

Of course, I can’t claim that this was a perfect movie. What really went wrong was the jittery nature in which one situation moved on to another: there was an utter lack of smooth flow from scene to scene, and this will bother anyone who watches the movie. While some people also complained that the movie tried to stitch several together and did not do justice to any, I personally did not have a lot of problem with that. Likewise, claiming that too much CG fighting has ruined the action sequence is bogus: how else are you supposed to show such supernatural beings fighting?

One thing you must remember when going for this movie is that you need to keep an open mind. If you have somehow stipulated the idea in your mind that Christopher Nolan was the best thing to happen to Batman and that Zack Snyder is bound to mess it up, you are just denying yourself the enjoyment of a great movie. So I urge that you watch the movie for yourself, and make your own decisions as to whether you like it or not.

And with this review completed, I’d now like to talk about memes: and what best to discuss here today, than the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice memes! And boy, there are quite a lot of those on the Internet.

As those who have watched the trailers will know, one of the most iconic lines of the movie is Batman asking Superman: “Tell me…Do you bleed?” and then adding after a pause, “You will!” The hall full of nerds today cheered at this point of the movie, so we can appreciate just how much of an impact this has on the fans. Naturally, it gets memed:

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This meme has a striking resemblance to the Captain America: Civil War meme. Like all memes, this one soon started to evolve:

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Notice the Photoshopped Bat-grin, and wonder if science has gone too far.

One nice touch was combining Bruce Wayne and The Most Interesting Man of the World meme:

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Of course, since Wonder Woman had also been declared, and that “bleeding” was involved, things soon took a nasty turn:

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Some lines may have been crossed with that one.

As more trailers dropped, more scenes from the movie were revealed and as a natural consequence, more memes were born. Be it the Lex Luthor comeback…

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…or fighting between our two protagonists in the final trailer:

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…our two heroes getting up to some kinky stuff…

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…or, once again, some slight perversion regarding Diana Prince…

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…and Diana’s reply to that (although I find the actual dialogue in this part of the movie far more bad-ass):

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One more meme I found about why these two wanna fight may be a little inappropriate as well, but I have heard that Ben Affleck pointed this one out himself in some interview (“I discovered Superman’s mom in another movie”), and so, everyone just takes it in jocular spirit, I guess (notice how gracefully this meme delivers the entire message without having a single word captioned on it):

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For those who don’t know, that is Ben Affleck and Diane Lane from the movie Hollywoodland. Diane Lane plays Superman’s adoptive mother, Martha Kent, in Man of Steel as well as Dawn of Justice. So basically Superman is after Wayne for sleeping with his mother. (Incidentally, Affleck plays the role of Superman in Hollywoodland as well).

And apparently it’s not just Martha Kent Batman has had some close encounters with:

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Can’t blame Clark for getting mad after THAT.

Batman v Superman shares the theme of conflict between two superheroes with Captain America: Civil War. In fact, one might say that even the premises of their conflict is extremely similar. Captain America: Civil War has it’s own share of memes, and it’s not surprising that the two memes have crossed into each other quite often, as summarized by this meme:

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Not to mention these:

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And I sign off today with this one:

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And oh, those who hated the movie, here’s a drink, complements of Lex Luthor (those who have watched the movie know what I mean. If you have not, well, I hope this does not count as a spoiler):

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Because  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is currently slaying at the box office (source: http://deadline.com/2016/03/batman-v-superman-opening-weekend-box-office-records-1201726300/)

After a spell of big-budget disasters last year from Jupiter Ascending to Pan, cash is finally raining on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, CA as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to post the biggest pre-summer opening day ($82M, beating Furious 7‘s $67.4M) and weekend ($170M, outstripping The Hunger Games’ $152.5M). Heck, BvS is poised to be Warner Bros. best opening of all-time, beating Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($169.2M), and even The Dark Knight Rises ($160.9M) and The Dark Knight ($158.4M). In 4,242 theaters, BvS is the widest pre-May release and new record-holder for top March and Easter debuts. Reported yesterday: Flash grosses show BvS winning over China with $21.2M. Add that to the two-day $44M tally and the pic’s foreign cume is north of $65M.

All memes used have been downloaded through Google Search or from the Facebook page “All Things DC and Marvel”.