This is dark and moody. Bruce saw the destruction in Metropolis caused by Superman and General Zod. Bruce has an unwavering dedication to ‘duty’ that is an unhealthy obsession. He’s emotionally compromised, violent and works out moodily. There is disturbing savagery and Bruce gets surprisingly violent. Bruce has an obsession to enact his own form of justice.
There are no noble intentions. I don’t care about anyone’s true motivations and passions. Who is the old guy in the Wayne building who is too dumb to evacuate? The cool premise is not memorable. This was not wildly successful. It is 18 months since ‘Man Of Steel’. This was over-dramatic and it is unclear what is going on. The screen is dark. Batman brands people. Lex Luthor twitches and plots. Who built the huge Superman statue and why?
The dead General Zod is used by Lex. What happened to Robin? Bruce has nefarious intentions. There are unexplained dream sequences, reasonable arguments and the Flash shows up. Bruce expresses hostility. This movie has profound problems and is a painful ordeal to watch. This was appalling and the societal implications of aliens showing up are shrugged off.
There is a montage. Lex plots. There is a Genesis Chamber. Aquaman and Cyborg show up. There is no competence, resolve or gravitas. Superman and Batman fight in non-spectacular and destructive fashion. Mercy lurks. Superman ends up under the earth. People are of overly bad character. Wonder Woman lurks. This is lacking in human decency. Bruce is all amoral absolutism. This has no redeeming value or ominous undertones. Lex gets a haircut. Why is Superman’s coffin draped in the US flag?
“Crime wave in Gotham. Other breaking news: water, wet!”
“Exceptional beings live among us.”
“Depend upon the kindness of monsters.”
“Bad history with freaks dressed like clowns.”
“Do not pick a fight with this person.”
“Poor people don’t buy papers.”
“Consider this mercy.”
“Desecration without name.”
“He answers to no one. Not even I think, to god.”
“That comment will be noted.”
“They left us!”
Mystic Pizza (1988)