Batman Versus Superman Versus Your Patience and Your Sanity

As I mentioned, multiple times before, I really love super hero movies. I don’t know why. Maybe it is the story line of good versus evil. Maybe it is the suspension of belief… No matter, I still love super hero movies.


Superman–the Man of Steel was a middle of the road, okay movie. Henry Cavil really looks like Superman. Anyway, the movie suffered from way too many special effects. How many times can you see somebody being thrown through a building and watch the building collapse before you get bored?


Fast forward to today. Batman versus Superman. The whole premise of the movie is somewhat difficult to fathom. Batman is going to decide to take on Superman. Really??? So, the writers decide to convince us that this is plausible. They take over an hour showing us Batman’s building rage. What the heck? An hour? During this time, Superman is getting roasted in the media for a desert rescue of Lois Lane, during which tons of terrorist bad guys get shot. Somehow, this is Superman’s fault. Well, we find out that this was all masterminded (is that a word?) by Lex Luther. Somehow, though we never really know how, Lex Luther has figured it all out. He knows that Superman’s main squeeze is Lois Lane. He also figures out that Martha Kent is Superman’s Earth mom. Batman figures out that Kryptonite it’s Superman’s weakness. By the way, why did Wonder Woman steal Batman’s super computer hacking device and then give it back to Batman? The holes in the plot are big enough to drive the Batmobile through! With most super hero movies, this isn’t a problem, because the movie really moves fast. This movie doesn’t move fast. It is v-e-r-y s-l-o-w…

Super hero movies are about good versus evil and about action. Stupid, crazy action. About 2 hours into the movie, we finally see Batman take on a group of goons. The scene is clumsy at best. Come on, guys! Batman is fighting a room full of bad guys. This should be easy. It isn’t.

The climax of this 2 1/2 hour epic is when Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman take on this creature that Lux Luther created out of the dead body of General Zod. Yep, stupid concept, but let’s go with it. If DC Comics learned anything from the Man of Steel movie it should have been to tone down the special effects and punch up the script. They seem to have learned that we need to destroy more buildings in order for a movie to be entertaining. They learned the wrong lesson.

Look, Ben Affleck doesn’t suck as Batman. Henry Cavill is still great as Superman/Clark Kent. Amy Adams is GREAT as Lois Lane. Without a script, though, they are all lost. This story line is simply awful. It doesn’t flow on a number of levels. The take-home lesson from Batman versus Superman is that you can’t cover up a bad script with special effects.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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