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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 2016
  • Zack Snyder
  • 144 mins
  • 12

Summary

Superhero action adventure starring Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck. After an international incident makes the US government distrustful of Superman, Batman takes it upon himself to find a way to stop the Man of Steel. But is the growing conflict all a part of villainous businessman Lex Luthor's master plan? And can Lois Lane get to the bottom of the scheme in time to prevent a tragedy?

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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. 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. When Batman finally 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 in the Christopher Nolan films, but Affleck fits the part well and proves to be an older and wiser Batman. 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.

Credits

Cast

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Bruce Wayne / BatmanBen Affleck
Clark Kent / SupermanHenry Cavill
Lois LaneAmy Adams
Lex LuthorJesse Eisenberg
Martha KentDiane Lane
Perry WhiteLaurence Fishburne
AlfredJeremy Irons
Senator FinchHolly Hunter
Diana Prince / Wonder WomanGal Gadot
Anatoli KnyazevCallan Mulvey
Mercy GravesTao Okamoto
CyborgRay Fisher
Wallace KeefeScoot McNairy
AquamanJason Momoa
Major FarrisChristina Wren
SwanwickHarry Lennix
The FlashEzra Miller
Thomas WayneJeffrey Dean Morgan
General ZodMichael Shannon
Martha WayneLauren Cohan
Jimmy OlsenMichael Cassidy
Jonathan KentKevin Costner
POTUSPatrick Wilson

Crew

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DirectorZack Snyder

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
2016-03-25
Languages
English
Guidance
Some violence and swearing
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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