Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice

(2015)

Zack Snyder's follow up to 2013's Man of Steel with Henry Cavill returning as Clark Kent/Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane and Laurence Fishburne as Daily Planet editor Perry White. Krypton's finest will face off against Batman - played by Ben Affleck. When the heroes aren't squaring off against one another, they'll have to deal with with the villainous Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg).... More

Set eighteen months after the events of Man of Steel, the story takes its inspiration from a variety of sources (including Frank Miller's comic book miniseries The Dark Knight Returns). This will be the first time DC Comics' two biggest stars meet on the cinema screen.Hide

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The sub-title of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice suggests a movie that emphasises set-up, and thankfully that isn't really the case – director Zack Snyder wrings plenty of drama from the justice and power themes that Man of Steel and Watchmen also touched upon, and he sets up his characters' conflicting motivations judiciously. The world-building that does occur here is more or less relegated to one scene inserted into the movie in a manner that nobody would describe as seamless.... More

There is genuine potency in the titular showdown, and it provides some pretty cool moments when it arrives. However, if you weren't charmed by Man of Steel's bombastic action set-pieces, you probably won't find much to enjoy in the similarly destruction-heavy finalé that rolls out here.

It's hard not to be charmed by Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne/Batman. I'm tempted to view him as the Roger Moore to Christian Bale's Sean Connery – he's a more dashing alternative whose performance benefits from a sense of mildly cheesy self-awareness.

The idea of Lex Luthor as a Mark Zuckerberg-type is brought playfully to life by Jesse Eisenberg's energetic presence. He's a shrill caricature sure, but an amusing one. And the film brightens up whenever Gal Godot shows up as Diana Prince and/or Wonder Woman, highlighting the film's most welcome point of difference to its superhero brethren, despite her relatively brief amount of screentime.

Although it stops short of being a bold mission statement for a new type of superhero film, there's a stylistic and dramatic efficiency to BVS: DOJ that renders it an enjoyable watch.Hide


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BY PercyM superstar

Although with too many story-lines at play & its fast-paced plot, its dark, action-packed and enjoyable.


Yawn...far too long. Story line doesn't flow. Marvel 1 DC 0


BY thorinoak superstar

This is tough. The first act was really, really good. Surprisingly good with the level of grittiness based in reality that we saw in Nolan's Batman trilogy. Ben Aflfeck is a brilliant Bruce Wayne, damaged and brooding and there is the hint of something going on beneath the thread of the story.

But the film is ultimately let down by the last act resorting to traditional, fantastical comic book fare which would have been fine if they had not already established this gritty based in reality... More world. Overall a pretty decent shot from DC, there best to date, but a little bit wobbly near the end. They also didn't handle a lot of characters in one movie as well as Marvel continues to do.Hide


Yeah, I see what people are saying about disjointed, especially with the dream sequence, but I really enjoyed it. I love a good super-hero movie, and this didn't disappoint. Batman was surprisingly good, Superman was comic-book hammy and Lex Luthor was orchestra-tastic. Fun times!


BY NickNDA lister

Despite the bad reviews from critics, I enjoyed this movie. I was a fan of the comics when I was a kid, but never got into the graphic novels - which Snyder uses as his base - so there were bits I didn't understand but I was happy to let all just wash over me and go with it. Sure, there are plenty of clumsy bits in the film but it still has plenty of action and a passable plot. The appearance of Wonder Woman lifts the film, and I'm looking forward to her own movie.


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The Press Reviews

29% of critics recommend.
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  • Not only does the storytelling feel cluttered, but the premise turns both protagonists into passive victims who only occasionally get to do anything heroic. Full Review

  • Goosebumps are inevitable when the two icons finally face off, and there are some spectacular clobberings dispensed... Full Review

  • Delivers the shock and awe on a level befitting a superhero blockbuster of such massive scale. Full Review

  • Cluttered and narratively wonky; a few jokes wouldn't have gone amiss, either. Full Review

  • No major blockbuster in years has been this incoherently structured, this seemingly uninterested in telling a story with clarity and purpose. Full Review

  • As a pure visual spectacle, however, Batman V Superman ably blows the hinges off the multiplex doors... Full Review

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