The tone is dark from frame one until the very end with the lightest line delivered by Martha Kent (Dianne Lane) - the theater chuckled, after and before that it was dark and moody. If there was some breathing room perhaps the characters would not seem so one-dimensional. Which had me thinking, this would be a great TV series with 13 episodes to tell the same story crammed into one film... more time to develop characters, time to add some subtlety to the story and maybe, just maybe the occasional well lit scene. I get it, this is the darker, grittier superhero franchise, but they can still own a couple of 90 watt bulbs and walk outside on a day that is not overcast.
Ben Affleck was fine, not great, not memorable - just fine. His costume and the way they had him move around the screen felt very Batman-like, but his performance was pretty much one-note. Again, this may have more to do with DC trying to cram three films into one.
The biggest head scratcher was Zack Snyder's penchant for shirtless people - very odd.
When the credits rolled, I have to admit I kind of liked it. Maybe I had lowered expectations, maybe I have to see it again to evaluate closer or maybe I liked it. No matter what is the reason I can recommend this film for any superhero fan - it has plenty of right off the comic book feel to it. As a film, not just a superhero film, it is not as successful. Still, I enjoyed the 150 flawed minutes more than expected which allows me to give it a 7 out of 10.