Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Zack Snyder (2016)

144min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Three years after rebooting the Superman legend, director Zack Snyder earns the dream job of pitting the last son of Krypton against the Dark Knight detective in the ultimate superhero smackdown. The orphaning of Bruce Wayne is succinctly updated in the opening credits and then it's a swift segue to the climax of 2013's Man of Steel when Superman (Henry Cavill) and archfoe Zod devastated Metropolis. Only here, the wanton destruction is what incites Wayne (a greying Ben Affleck) to revive his nocturnal fight against crime after hanging up his cowl due to unrevealed tragic events. Suffice to say, he's in no mood to tolerate an alien on the loose with godlike powers. But the first half of the film is very much a case of franchise aforethought as Snyder packs in multiple hints and plotlines that will culminate in the creation of the Justice League superteam, DC's equivalent to the Avengers. At least, when Batman dons an armoured bat suit to throw down with Krypton's finest, it's an earth-shaking tussle to remember. And with Gal Gadot making a show-stopping debut as Wonder Woman, the wow moments come thick and fast. Christian Bale was a great Dark Knight but Affleck fits the part well and proves to be an older, wiser Batman for a post-Christopher Nolan world. If anything, Cavill is slightly overshadowed as his hero struggles with doubt and traumatic growing pains, while Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor may be too manic for some tastes. However, Amy Adams is a feisty Lois Lane, while Jeremy Irons adds vim as Wayne's ever-loyal if acerbic butler, Alfred. The result is a spectacular if overstuffed epic that's a long way from the best of Marvel's blockbusters.

Summary

The two superheroes become aware of each other's presence on Earth for the first time, and each disapproving of the other's methods. A ruthless billionaire plays on their mutual mistrust to bring about their downfall, leading the heroes to face each other in a battle to the death. Action adventure, starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot and Jesse Eisenberg.

Cast & Crew

Bruce Wayne / Batman Ben Affleck
Clark Kent / Superman Henry Cavill
Lois Lane Amy Adams
Lex Luthor Jesse Eisenberg
Martha Kent Diane Lane
Perry White Laurence Fishburne
Alfred Jeremy Irons
Senator Finch Holly Hunter
Diana Prince / Wonder Woman Gal Gadot
Anatoli Knyazev Callan Mulvey
Mercy Graves Tao Okamoto
Cyborg Ray Fisher
Wallace Keefe Scoot McNairy
Aquaman Jason Momoa
Major Farris Christina Wren
Swanwick Harry Lennix
The Flash Ezra Miller
Thomas Wayne Jeffrey Dean Morgan
General Zod Michael Shannon
Martha Wayne Lauren Cohan
Jimmy Olsen Michael Cassidy
Jonathan Kent Kevin Costner
POTUS Patrick Wilson
Director Zack Snyder
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Some violence and swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 25 Mar 2016
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