Matthew Steinke’s review published on Letterboxd:
The hype for Batman v Superman is something I'll always remember. I remember thinking as a kid that 2016 was a long way away, and the time I spent with my friends at the lunch table talking about Batman v Superman dreams we had, just whimsically hoping for a small taste of what the movie would be, are good memories.
Needless to say, by the time my fifth grade self got to see this film, I was beyond prepared.
Or so I thought.
Because as a kid, I only saw the action scenes. The plethora of slow and meandering scenes bored me, but once people started punching, I was excited. Now that I'm older, I can't say that I feel the same.
As I grew, I despised this movie. I hated everything about this movie for the longest time. I went from blindly loving it to blindly hating it, and finally, the cycle is complete. I feel like I finally have a fair view of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. So, let me share where my opinions are at now.
I don't think it's a good movie, but I think it has a lot of good ideas. I'm willing to give credit where credit is due, and say that there are two best parts of this movie. One, for me, was Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne. Not as Batman, but as Bruce Wayne. And the second was the visuals. Snyder may have a lot of trouble with story, characterization, and pacing, but he knows how to create a gorgeous shot.
Batman v Superman, to me, I think will always be something beautiful to look at, and that's it. There are a few good ideas under the surface, and I like the idea of Batman being a broken man finding redemption, but Snyder never executes them in a way that is engrossing. While the film is on you'll definitely watch it, but when it's off there's really nothing to think on.
The characters are unrecognizable to their comic counterparts in terms of personality and ideals, and the acting certainly doesn't help characterize them. Affleck gives the best performance in this movie, but his version of Batman is written like an evil psychopath. Cavill is okay, but his Superman is a depressingly unlikable downer. Maybe they were meant to evolve to the heroes we know, but if ao, this introduction is awful.
I just wish this movie had a better script. Because if it did, I think we could have gotten something especially worthwhile. Not especially meh.