By Daniel Dern: Let me start by noting that I grew on DC comics… I wasn’t quite old enough to read when DC’s “Silver Age” began in 1954, with the creation of Barry Allen as The Flash… but I was still in the high single digits for Hal Jordan/Green Lantern, Ray Palmer the Atom (“Battle of the Tiny Titans,” another iconic cover), and the creation of the Justice League.
And give or take a few half decades off here and there, I’ve stayed current (52, pfui and feh). (Also Marvel familiar enough.)
I liked BvS well enough, as did my 15-year-old grandson who’s been watching Arrow and Flash and Legends of Tomorrow on TV.
BvS starts up around the end of the most recent Superman movie, Man of Steel. You don’t have to have seen it, but it wouldn’t hurt. (And it wasn’t bad.)
Other than the Batmobile, I see little to none of the recent Batman trilogy, which is fine by me.
Yes, it’s a mostly grim movie. Fights, action, some blood, a chase scene, etc.
As long-time fanboy, I don’t feel unhappy about anything. (Which is how I felt about Iron Man 1 and Green Lantern, although as movies each had other problems.)
My grandson and I felt the movie played fair, kept moving, and was pretty good. It didn’t have the high-energy colorful highs of the Cap America or Avengers movies… but on the other hand, it picked a plotline and stuck with it and came to an ending… that clearly set the stage for several more/related movies.
If you’ve seen enough of the trailers or other advance chatter, you probably know a fair amount of the players and some of the “bits.” But odds are you will be (happily) surprised.