Tech on Film and Unsolicited Review: Batman vs. Superman Ultimate Edition Part 2
Even the most obsessed Batman fan will have to admit that Batman was a complete dick in the movie and his actions were pointless. I actually wanted Superman to crush him into a soda can. The movie attempted more to establish him to his Bat-worshippers as invincible rather than intelligent. DC's "greatest detective" was actually manipulated by a seemingly omniscient and omnipresent Luthor in Dawn of Justice. Moreover, in one unexplained moment, Bruce Wayne's alter-ego is outed by Metropolis' greatest sociopath. More than 60 years of Detective Comics have been published and Dawn takes the mystery out of Bats in 10 minutes.
|Bruce attempts to access Luthor's data from an EMC2 Isilon Server early in the movie.|
I remember when Tim Burton's limo-like Batmobile in Michael Keaton's Batman (1989) drove through a chemical factory while revealing twin machine-guns that created a low opening on a steel door. The remote-controlled Batmobile drove swiftly in and out after dropping a mine as explosions sounded - that was a genuinely awesome 5 minutes. Dawn of Justice's Batmobile didn't do anything new other than rip a few guys to pieces with a gattling gun and waste 11 minutes of screen time better spent on Clark Kent. Less is more Warner Bros, Goyer, and Zack Snyder. Character development is more important than "cool" Batmobile scenes that endorse the use of firearms.
|As a Linux user, I wish I can say that all the touch-screen LexLab PCs were running Unix. However, the machines are running a heavily customized Windows UI in some scenes and Linux in others.|
|The familiar Unix Root directory is seen in a file search scene.|
Marvel villains are generally shallow creatures, but Eisenberg's Luthor beats them all for sheer lack of motivation. In general, the whole movie is an aimless exercise in rhetoric and metaphor that is lost to the audience (but not to defensive DC fans and pathetic reviewers who insist that the movie is more meaningful than it really is).
|If you look closely at the file paths in the LexLabs scenes, you'll notice smb protocol linking - which is unnecessary if it was an OS that natively supports the smb protocol.|
Note: I actually wished I spent my rental fee for the HD video on a comedy with Bill Murray or Anna Kendrick instead. Less than halfway through Dawn of Justice, I stopped the video and decided to work on a GhostBSD server instead, which I found imminently more interesting.
|Windows Phone fans will recognize the familiar rear sensor on Jena Malone's smartphone as she calls Lois.|
Comic book Superman has had a bad decade - DC practically admitted that New 52 Superman was a mistake and killed him off. Clark Kent has been badly written for the last 15 years, even more so than Peter Parker, who is currently being written by two of the worst Marvel writers in the comic book industry. Adding insult to injury, movie-version Superman gets the same treatment and poor Henry Cavill not only had little dialogue, he was badly treated in almost every scene.
|Lovely Amy Adams hefts a Windows 10 Mobile device in Dawn.|
|Samsung ultraportables litter the Daily Planet meeting table.|
|Considering that Samsung laptops haven't really sold well, it's interesting that Bruce uses a Samsung laptop.|
Amy Adams is a wonderful Lois Lane and is wasted here. Her scenes with Henry Cavill in "Man of Steel" were the only parts worth watching in that epic slog. Teri Hatcher leveraged her sexy freshness on the Dean Cain-helmed Lois & Clark 90s show, and although Kate Bosworth was miscast in "Superman Returns", she played an honest performance as a motherly but emotionally hurt ex-girlfriend. Adam's brief scenes, particularly when she encounters Lex Luthor, shows how good she can be even when assigned wafer-thin dialogue.
As a final note, the references to Aquaman, Flash, and Cyborg felt artificial. DC Comics' characters are certainly more powerful than Marvel's, but their appearance here, as well as the interlude involving Darkseid and his parademons, were weak and contrived. Luthor's files laughably even have logos for all the "new" characters for the upcoming Justice League movie.
|Wow, Lex likes his logos. Do we really need logos to identify upcoming movies?|
The "product placements" for setting up future DC installments were just more signs that WB was aiming more for box office than constructing a believable and entertaining universe. Everything about the movie was just poorly executed - even the title ("Dawn of Justice") didn't make any sense in light of what happens to Superman, Batman's selfish and narrow-minded actions, and Diana's pointless appearance. It's easy for DC fans to blindly defend this movie simply because they want a "win" so badly after the disastrous New 52, Green Lantern, Man of Steel, and Marvel fanboys slapping them across the face on the Internet. Dawn of Justice just isn't that win.
Note: WB and Zack Snyder's recent attempts at allowing the press and bloggers to visit the set of Justice League just shows how badly Dawn of Justice performed and how much is at stake if Justice League and Suicide Squad fails. Having worked as a web and marketing communications writer in the past, I'm aware of the amount of online offers advertised for web writers and social media personnel to puff up the upcoming JL movie in a similar approach to what marketing did for the female Ghostbusters movie. Thankfully, DC's showing in Comic-Con may have just done the trick.