Ben Affleck Month #1: Batman vs Superman, Daredevil

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Directed by Zack Snyder, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Ben Affleck as Batman while, Henry Cavill plays his opposite, Superman. This film’s plot follows the events that took place in ‘Man of Steel,’ the Superman movie released in 2013. About two years after the events of General Zod’s invasion and battle with Superman, Citizens of Metropolis and surrounding cities are devastated by loss and damage. In response, Batman/Bruce Wayne takes it upon himself to make sure that Superman pays for his actions.
A few characters the film includes are Clark Kent/ Superman’s sweetheart, Lois Lane portrayed by Amy Adams and the introduction of Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/ Wonder Woman. The main villain was The Social Network’s Jesse Eisenberg as a young Lex Luthor. Personally, I was disappointed with the film and this disappointment was attached to the plot’s progression and character development. There was very little movement in the characters and plot which mostly focused on Batman’s preparation for battle against Superman. I was surprised and dismayed by writer’s take on Lex Luthor. This version of Luthor was manic and worked without motivation. It was not clear why he did the things he did and where his aggression was coming from and the film definitely would have benefitted from those clarifications. One thing that worked in the film’s favor was Wonder Woman and Batman’s costuming. I loved the new interpretation of Batman’s suit, an armored casing with some really cool bells and whistles and Wonder Woman’s costume is interpreted beautifully. I hope that with the new Justice League film on the way, there are improvements.

Daredevil
Mark Steven Johnson’s Daredevil was released in 2003 and casts Ben Affleck as Matt Murdock, a blind Attorney who also moonlights as a vigilante who calls himself Daredevil and uses his heightened four senses to fight crime in Hell’s Kitchen. Affleck is joined by Jennifer Garner as Elektra, Colin Farrell as hit-man Bullseye and Michael Clarke Duncan as Kingpin/ Wilson Fisk. Elektra and Murdock are romantically involved while both Bullseye and Kingpin work to stop Daredevil from seeking justice. Murdock uses martial arts and aerobatic skills to fight against villains.
It was a little surprising how much I enjoyed this film because seeing Ben Affleck dressed in a skin-tight red leather bodysuit and a mask with horns was different, to say the least. Affleck dives and soars between buildings and fights with precision and I really liked the way the progression of his back story into adult life was portrayed. The parallels between the life of an underdog attorney and a masked vigilante are highlighted beautifully. The film’s soundtrack was perfectly dark and haunting, matching the mood of Daredevil’s character and story. This tension was cut with Ferrell’s character, Bullseye, a crazy expert marksman and hit-man. He was comically villainous which paired well with Daredevil’s hard seriousness. Kingpin is the best kind of villain as well, Clarke Duncan’s voice is deep and demands attention. But don’t be fooled, he’s not all talk. Great movie and I would definitely recommend.

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