Short answer: No, it’s not. Long answer, it depends on a lot of factors. I guess for me I went in with low expectations, which did help and I was looking forward to it. I mean I didn’t rush out and see it but it was on my radar and I thought it was pretty good. Ben Afleck’s Batman is pretty good, one of the better interpretations I’ve seen and has that weariness about him. Henry Cavil’s Superman is still pretty good as well. Now let’s talk about Lex Luthor
Jesse Eisenberg’s take on Lex Luthro can be grating to some, he seems to be pantomiming the character to an almost over the top degree. But here’s the thing, he’s meant to be eccentric, because he’s a billionaire and one of the smartest guys in the room. I didn’t mind the voice or the mannerisms and I thought he’s character was good. Yes it’s not the same as say Gene Hackman’s take, where he is a calm and cool and mostly sensible character, but that’s a take that had been done before, so why wouldn’t a fresh take work. Plus if we can have the Joker be both a reletively harmless prankster (Batman 1966) and criminal more bent on causing mischief to Batman (Batman TAS) and a Joker that is more or less a super soldier with an ability to see the future (The Dark Night) then getting this version of Lex Luthor isn’t that much of a stretch.
The action was great, seeing Batman take down an entire room of goons is still fun as it ever was, and the obligatory Bat mobile chase was still awesome and fresh as it ever was. The titular fight is great except that really, even without the armour Batman’s insides would be liquid after the first couple of punches. The only downside is the CGI end fight, but that’s more because by that point it seems a bit exhausting, if no less interesting. The dream sequence were Batman is in the desert features perhaps one of the greatest fight scenes of recent memory, with Batman taking down a group of thugs while the camera spins. It’s a good action scene
The movie does have problems though. The lack of female characters with speaking lines is disappointing given the state of the movie industry these days. Wonder Woman is barely there as well, she shows up for the fight scene at the end and has a sprinkling of appearances but that’s about it. It’s great that we’re finally seeing the character as well, but a bit of extra scenes wouldn’t have hurt and the argument could be made without Wonder Women, the heroes would’ve failed.
Is it a great movie? That will depend on who you are and how forgiving you are. I enjoyed the entire movie and I can’t wait to see what happens with the Justice League movie. I can certainly understand why some people can be upset, because if you had problems with Man of Steel, they aren’t really addressed here either. The problem could be trying to separate DC comics and DC movies, because they are really two separate things, and how a character thinks in one may not be applicable to the other. We’re looking at it from the perspective of comic book fans and I think we can agree that just because some thing works on paper doesn’t mean it will work on the screen. Is Batman Vs Superman an epic must see movie. I don’t think it so, it will divide fans and people for years to come but as a two and a half movie to escape the drudgery of life? You could do worse.