The brand new BATMAN vs. SUPERMAN has been released to the silver screen! The wait is over! Another Batman takes the stage!
It is a cinematic project which has been in the works for almost two decades, ever since Joel Schumacher first pitched the idea to the Studio heads all the way back in the late 1990’s, meaning it to be a sterner sequel to his wonderfully operatic, darkly comedic, and dreamlike fantasies BATMAN FOREVER and BATMAN & ROBIN (two films that I have always loved, despite all the negative bullying which much of comic book fandom attempted to enact against what sadly became the concluding installment. I guess they never read the flashy Bob Kane originals, and never developed the capacity to appreciate the visually stunning films of artsy directors like Michael Powell. Their loss.).
While Mr. Schumacher’s credit was sadly absent from the recent film (his dream project of twenty years ago, after all), Batman vs. Superman has been made, and made a masterpiece. I am not going to give away the plot, and thus must stand mute on the entirety. However, I can say that I easily give it five out of five stars! Make that six stars!
For someone who has read as much Batman lore as I have over the years, and watched all the live action films again and again (including the iconic Adam West), and even took the time to symbolically dissect Batman Begins for an intensive assignment in a Joseph Campbell: Myth and Meaning-themed college course; I bestow upon myself an honorary degree in Batman-ology, and thereby have some form of credentials to humbly offer my two-cents.
Being thus well-versed, I hereby endorse Ben Affleck as GREATEST BATMAN OF THEM ALL (he literally stepped right off the pages of Frank Miller’s distinct renderings), and I truly hope that he shall occupy this role for many installments to come. Academy Award worthy, hands down.
Thank you, Mr. Affleck, for raising the Bat-bar to the highest possible level. Now the grueling wait for Part II.