Please note the review below may contain minor spoilers - I've done my best to keep them to a minimum.
Somewhere within Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice is a good film, unfortunately the edit we get to see on the big screen is merely passable - sometimes boring - fodder that wastes a good hour on pure drivel and a story that in its conclusion, non-sensical. For a film billed as an epic fight for the ages, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice has more dream sequences than Inception, in fact one particular and hugely out of place scene had cinemagoers heads around me swiveling, whilst muttering at pure bewilderment of what was happening on screen. Many scenes within Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice feel so out of place, creating quite a disjointed mess that have been added purely to set up future films. Itís clear the path the film wishes to tread - that of rival Marvel - but itís even more clear they have no idea how to go about doing it.
In fact Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice is full of half-baked ideas, thrown into an already overly long film that lacks any kind of rhythm - a trait shared with its prequel Man of Steel - with all of its CGI action heavily lopsided into the last act. And much like Man of Steel, the writing team are still making the same well-trodden mistakes in setting up a realistic take of Superman with pure absurdity thrown into the mix, breaking any illusion they hoped to create.
But the good news is Ben Affleck pulls off a damn good Batman, whilst billed as a sequel to Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice is very much a Batman film, pulling heavily from The Dark Knight trilogy - of which writer David S. Goyer also penned - itís just a shame the ham-fisted necessity of having these two iconic entities clash on the big screen has led to a plot without a story, a sensible one anyway.
- 3 Out of 5 Stars
The Dark Knight throwbacks
Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice
Release Date: 25th March
Runtime: 2 hrs 31 mins
Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg & Gal Gadot
- Man of Steel
- The Dark Knight
No, there are multiple scenes depicting death, torture and destruction on a mass scale.
Contains no after-credits scenes, so don't bother waiting around.
Affleck randomly stumbled into previous Batman actor Christian Bale in a costume shop whilst buying Batman outfits for their children - which he used as an opportunity to get some pointers in portraying the character.
Multiple standalone Batman films are already planned to star Ben Affleck, in which he'll also cameo in the upcoming Suicide Squad.