By D. Love
Can one that is “all-powerful” be “all-good?” Or can one be “all-good” and “all-powerful?” When we take into consideration the various religions that exist, the answer to this question may seem obvious. That is, it would be ridiculous for something that wields all power to not use that power for good, right? Alexander “Lex” Luther, billionaire “hero-hunter” extraordinaire thinks not. The all powerful being in question would be that of Metropolis’ very own reporter, Clark Kent. Kent who just so happens to secretly be Superman, the man of steel.
I would go out on the limb and say that most people are familiar with Superman, so it might be confusing that someone would find him to be less than a hero. Well, Mr. Luther wouldn’t be the only one to think so. The “Dark Knight” himself also views Superman to be a threat to humanity. Who is the dark knight you ask? It’s none other than Gotham City’s very own crime fighting vigilantly, Bruce Wayne aka Batman. At this point you may be thinking, “why would a good guy have it out for another good guy?” That’s where the film gets interesting.
I’ll admit, I would never imagine these two to ever meet; you’d never think that two seemingly different story lines would cross. That’s what makes this film a comic lovers wet dream! It puts die-hard fans in a “friendly” bout against one another. Actually, if you watch the film from Bruce Wayne’s point of view, you might see how Superman could be a villain.
Take into consideration the types of fights Superman gets into. These aren’t your average back alley World Star worthy fights. No, these fights are intense and destructive to say the least. Who would expect less from a being from outer space on Earth fighting other beings from outer space? When there is mass destruction going on there will also be mass casualties, right? Exactly. Wayne witnesses the Superman in action in his own hometown and the destruction that soon followed. This type of destruction in not acceptable and it’s up to Wayne, I mean, Batman to handle it.
Every superhero has to have a weakness, right? This is even true when it comes to Superman. The one thing that has unrelenting power over the man of steel is the radioactive element, kryptonite. This element comes from Superman’s home planet of Krypton and it too found its way to planet Earth. Lex learned of this material and it’s power against those like Superman. It would make sense that he would want to gather as much of the element that he could in order to take down the strongest being on the planet. Now there are two powerful men against Superman.
Batman v. Superman is a high impact film that pulls out all the stops. I must admit I regretfully fall asleep during most movies even if they are interesting. I am an old maid. I get too comfortable in theaters and the fact that it’s dark doesn’t help either! However, I had NO problem remaining tuned into this film. I didn’t even want to blink and chance missing something incredible! Even those who are not comic book aficionados will find this film hard to look away from. The shear story line and raw action packed fighting will keep even the most unenthused, crossword puzzle, crocheting grandma standing at attention.
In this film of legendary figures fighting for what each other feels is right, you will see love, friendship, understanding and true heroism. Comic book lovers will be reintroduced to familiar faces. You can even pick a side before going to see the film. Who do you think will come out on top? Who is in the wrong and who is in the right? Make a bet, even…but do it with someone who knows nothing of what the outcome will be or you’ll be pissed in the end ha ha! Films like these are best experienced when you allow yourself to be a kid again! Put on a costume or even where a logo. Who cares? I promise you won’t be the only one. Just enjoy yourself and enjoy this excellent movie that we have been graced with!