Movie War: Civil War vs Dawn of Justice

It’s finally here, Captain America: Civil War has hit theaters around the world on May 6, so naturally the comparison to will start. Which movie was better, Civil War or Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? After seeing both, there is a clear cut winner. Before the final verdict is reached, here is a look at what each movie did and the reaction to them:

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE:

There haven’t been many films as scrutinized in recent memory than Dawn of Justice has. Majority of critics (28% on Rotten Tomatoes) and fans disliked and nitpicked the film. Some criticisms were justified others were absurd. I heard things such as, “why is Batman fighting Superman?” or “too much action and CGI”. It’s as if people were pining to find reasons to blast Zack Snyder. There were minor issues with the film, I understand that.

SPOILER ALERT: 

The Doomsday storyline was rushed. They could have devoted more time to it and building it up. The surprise of seeing Doomsday in the film wasn’t there, as the marketing messed that up by revealing him in the trailers. Many criticisms aimed at the killing of Superman. I couldn’t disagree more with those criticisms. I found that to be incredibly bold and true to the comics. It’s obvious that Snyder didn’t kill-off Superman for good. Comic book superheroes never die. Superman will probably be back for Justice League Part 1 or 2 at the latest, but by making that unexpected and bold move it marked a clear sign that D.C. is going dark and aren’t afraid to make big moves. Credit them for that. Now onto the Marvel movie…

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (Potential Spoilers)

It’s early, but the reviews for Civil War have been overwhelmingly positive. The critics (91% on Rotten Tomatoes) and fans have embraced the movie from the start.  I swear Marvel has a spell on it’s audience. Civil War is a really is a good and entertaining movie for three quarters of it. They do an excellent job at introducing the new characters to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Black Panther is mysterious and dangerous when he’s unleashed. Chadwick Boseman proves to be every ounce the character as Marvel must have hoped for him to be. The most anticipated character everyone has been waiting to see was Tom Holland as the new Spidey. In the first five minutes on screen there is no denying that this is the best version of Spider-Man we have seen. Marvel nails the character. He’s goofy. Self-deprecating. Nerdy. Funny. Most importantly he’s a kid superhero thrown into a world of established adult superheroes. He is what Peter Parker/Spider-Man should be. Marvel makes perfect use of him in the film. Gives him just enough screen time to establish the character and leaves you wanting for more. Marisa Tomei is the sexiest and best version of May Parker to date. The film doesn’t hold back to point it out.

Civil War is a fun and entertaining Marvel movie with pleasant new character introductions. The battles are exciting. The main villain Baron Zemo (Daniel Bruhl) is rather disappointing and ineffective. That’s not the most disappointing part of the movie. The ending of the film is a complete copout. One of the cheapest endings to a superhero movie I have ever seen. They completely don’t honor their own source material. Calling this movie Civil War is a complete sham and false marketing. For those aware of the Civil War comic story will know what I’m talking about after seeing this film. This movie ISN’T Civil War, it’s Avengers 3. There would be nothing wrong with naming this film Avengers 3. Actually, it would have been a lot more believable and passable in the long run. The whole social media and marketing ploy of picking sides. Twitter hashtags of #TeamCap vs #TeamIronMan is a shield (no pun intended) for the disappointing end result.

WINNER: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

It comes down to the simple fact of who honors their source material more truly. Marvel proves to be a PG kiddie friendly franchise. It’s cool. That’s been their model. It’s owned by Disney after all. However, do NOT adapt source material that you can’t honor without completely changing it. There is no shame if this exact movie was titled “Avengers 3”. It would have worked. Dawn of Justice molded and tweaked a variety of storylines including Death of Superman, Frank Miller’s Dark Knight, with a Justice League flavor. Most importantly though, they didn’t take a leak on their source material.

It’s amazing how Marvel gets by and the fans and critics never stop to take a lot at what they are really doing. The gags, the colorful fun characters, the big name actors behind the costumes is a sort of a mirage. People embraced the Christopher Nolan Batman films for it’s dark nature, but when Snyder attempts to go dark with Dawn of Justice, suddenly it’s lamented and scrutinized. It’s a weird evolution of fan commentary that we have gotten to. The more superhero films that come out, the more flip-flopping that seems to occur, with polarizing opinions. Marvel had it right for the most of “Avengers 3”, until the Civil War turned into a civil joke.

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When it boils down to it, Jim's passion is entertainment. Aside from being an avid sports fan, that follows all things NFL, NBA, and Soccer. He currently resides in the suburbs of Chicago. At the core of his interests...movies! Whether trying to catch the newest flick coming out this weekend, or the latest On Demand release, to heated debates with his friends and colleagues about the most recent "Box Office Blunder". The passion for movies lies deep within him. When he isn't writing, he immerses himself in his other interests; Acting and Radio Broadcasting. Follow Jim on Twitter @JimRko.

3 thoughts on “Movie War: Civil War vs Dawn of Justice

  1. I am in 100% disagreement with this one. My dislike of BvS is rooted in its ridiculously cluttered plot. So many things were jammed in that only set up other movies without having anything to do with the one we’re watching. Character motivations were sketchy, at best. Also characters constantly intuited stuff they couldn’t possibly know.

    I’m one of those that love the Nolan Batman films and the dark tone. The problem here is that Snyder doesn’t do it well. To be truthful neither Batman or Superman seem to care about people one bit as Batman does the same exact thing he hates Superman for. We end up with two brooding heroes who’s only goal is to kill each other until they discover the most important thing ever – their mothers had the same name. Sigh. Snyder has great visual style, but he’s a hack when it comes to storytelling. And Eisenberg was a terrible Luthor.

    On the other hand, Civil War handled even more characters without feeling nearly as crowded. Its set ups of future films were actually integral to the movie they were in. It sounds like your main gripes with this are that it had the wrong title and wasn’t totally faithful to the comic books. I agree this should have been called Avengers 3, but that’s not going to determine whether or not I like it. Especially since I felt that way about the title a year before it ever released. As for it changing the source material that’s not that big a deal for me and I grew up reading comics. I’m only judging a movie based on what it does, not what I think it should’ve done because the comics did it a certain way. What CW did was impressive.

    Sorry for the rant.

  2. I remember a time when the movieblog’s reviews were meaningful and didn’t read like a let-down teenage fanboy’s rant. Please take us back

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