Batman, Superman do battle in latest costumed caper
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BIG RELEASES FRIDAY: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
Lex Luthor (Jessie Eisenberg nails another tortured genius) calls this tussle “god versus man” and “day versus night.” He could have easily sold it as “vanilla versus chocolate.” Apologies to his Canadian co- creator, Joe Shuster, but Superman is the most boring superhero ever. He’s the teacher’s pet all the other crime fighters would beat up at recess if not for the fact he’s all-powerful and virtually indestructible. (He’s basically Dudley Do-Right on a steroid binge.) But as Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) sees it, Supes “has the power to wipe out the entire human race.” Affleck’s Batman is weary and broken, living in world where villains resurface like murderous bobbleheads and sidekick Robin is long buried. He’s too cynical to realize Superman is a supercharged hall monitor and not humanity’s doom. (If the Caped Crusader had better instincts, we’d be watching Batman v Trump). Thankfully, an evil alien unites the sparring heroes before Supes has the chance to crush Batman with his pinky. Even Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) joins the fray, and she looks — and hits — like a goddess. On the comedy front, we find out big fat Greek weddings are lot more fun than big fat Greek marriages. In this sequel to the 2002 sleeper hit, the Portokalos clan reunites. We find Toula (Nia Vardalos) and her husband being suffocated and tormented by their family. Before they can push the divorce button, another wedding saves the day. This time, Toula’s parents must be remarried because of a legal snafu. The movie’s tag line is “People change, Greeks don’t.” Yawn.
The two biggest superheroes of all time will bring in moviegoers like lemmings. But am I the only one who would have liked to see Batman v Superman: My Big Fat Greek Wedding? Maybe they duke it out on top of the buffet table while oblivious family members feud, yell and dance like Zorba. Later, Supes saves the dinner by heating up the lamb dish with his X-ray vision. (No one else? Really?)
Ben Affleck (left) and Henry Cavill star in Batman v Superman:
Dawn of Justice.
Nia Vardalos and John Corbett in a scene from My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.