Hubby and I had an early-ish morning date yesterday to watch this particular film in IMAX.
Hubby likes to read reviews, from both critics and the general public, after seeing something he really had an opinion about. The critics have been especially harsh, and (in my opinion) inaccurately so.
This movie was very good. I was curious to see how they would tie Wonder Woman in (btw, they never address her by her first name. In fact, they only address her as Ms. Prince once throughout the whole thing.) Having seen several trailers for the film, she always just sort of popped up out of nowhere and it seemed very random. In the film itself, I think they did a very good job of explaining her presence and her purpose in Gotham and Metropolis. She wasn't what I was expecting, but that's a good thing. I really liked that, in the fight scene, she looked like she was genuinely having fun, like she missed it. Crazy, but completely what she should have been feeling at the time. It's who she is. She's a crazy warrior chick built for battle. It's what she's really good at, and part of why I'm not a big fan.
Lex Luthor. Lex was everything I expected and a complete surprise. In my experience with Lex, he has always been a level-headed, evil genius trying to "save" the world and ultimately destroy Superman. In this incarnation, he's fucking insane. Legitimately psychotic. Lois was dead on. Eisenberg does an amazing job of playing crazy. He's definitely got the "evil genius" role down. I wasn't sure I'd be ok with Lex being so young, compared to Superman; they've always been the same age, or Lex a bit older, in what I've seen. This was different, but I liked it.
If you haven't read the Injustice comics, the "dream" sequence will be very confusing. I'm only halfway through the comics (because it's really making me hate Superman, so I'm reading slowly...), but I noticed the "S" patches on the soldiers' shoulders and the super intense militaristic control that Superman had and it felt very familiar.
The idea of Superman has always made me nervous, and I have always sided with Batman on this one: there has to be a way to take him down, just in case. It's shady and questionable for Batman to keep weapons that can destroy his allies (and he always does in every incarnation of him I see) but it's very logical. Superman could run the world if he wanted to, and we would be powerless to stop him. We have to have a backup plan.
My only real complaint about the movie is this: I think they tried to do too much too quickly; building up the fight scene between the movie's namesakes. I get that it's a "vs" movie, so there has to be a fight, but I think this should have been 2 films. 1 film focusing on the building tensions between the two super heroes, introducing Wonder Woman, and hinting at the other metas and the possibility of the Justice League. The second film playing out the actual fight scene, dealing with Lex, revealing Wonder Woman, and leading into the Justice League.
Overall, I'd give this flick 8 out of 10, and definitely recommend it.