Jun 29, Batman versus Superman: This was a film that needed editing or some sort of substantial re-jigging. Perhaps what hit the theatres was a failed attempt at that? Zack Snyder, a man whose arguably best film is about animated owls and whose second best film is a misogynistic mess, is not a terrible filmmaker. A Snyder film will have decent actors and it will look great and is visually imaginative but somehow none of his movies ever really seem to gel.
After Superman retrieves the key, and is forced to fight the Martian Manhunter who is protecting it,  Mongul activates Warworld. Psychically linked with its controls, Mongul tries to destroy Superman and Supergirl. Mongul is ultimately rendered unconscious by a massive mental strain caused from using its controls, but manages to escape before the heroes destroy Warworld. Mongul murders Gavyn's sister and forces Gavyn's lover into marrying him in order to usurp the throne of the empire for himself. He uses Throneworld's planet-destroying weapon to blackmail other planets into obedience. Superman arrives and battles Mongul, while Starman disables the weapon. In the end, thanks to Batman, Robin and Wonder Woman, Mongul becomes the plant's next victim and dreams of himself as ruler of the universe.
Wonder Woman faces Doctor Psycho and Circe! Yet the world is still in mourning. The lives of all who loved her have been changed forever and continue to be with her "resurrection.
Dawn of Justice has some interesting ruminations on what it means to be a hero and if one can act heroic unilaterally or if there must be some sort of check on power. Can Batman serve as judge, jury, and executioner on the criminals of Gotham City? Can Superman go into a warzone and take out a warlord? Sadly, these fascinating questions are buried beneath the debris of a convoluted, horribly written story featuring poorly written characters making inexplicable choices.