Andrew | A.J.’s review published on Letterboxd:
They need to see the fraud you are. With their eyes. The blood on your hands.
Batman v Superman found Zack Snyder at something of a crossroads. After the mixed reception of Man of Steel, Zack could've said "Fuck it. I'll lighten the mood and make everybody happy."
Instead, Zack made a film more gritty, more twisted, more demented, and more impactful than Man of Steel.
He took Batman and ripped the soul out of him. Batman is a pill-popping, bullet-riddled, shell of a man. He kills. He maims. He doesn't give a fuck anymore.
Yet, in a way, this is Lex Luthor, Jr.'s movie. This is about his thirst to see Superman dead, about his revenge for his horrific childhood. Lex cannot come to terms with not being saved as a child. It destroyed him. Superman's existence eats him.
Basically everything in this film is a stroke of genius. Wonder Woman is integrated crucially and perfectly.
I literally can't get enough of this movie. Zack Snyder made the most unique, controversial, memorable, and important film of the year. Not surprising, when you think about it.