A half-baked potato.

Please note the review below may contain minor spoilers - I've done my best to keep them to a minimum.

After a very tepid affair with the 2013 Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder returns once again to infuse Superman with some more drab trappings in his Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice crossover, with the hopes of inspiring an Avengers-esque legacy to follow.

Picking up where the aforementioned Man of Steel ended, Metropolis has suffered massive destruction and casualties due to the invasion at the behest of General Zod and the battle between him and Superman that followed it. Now those ramifications become apparent as Bruce Wayne (played by Ben Affleck) frantically races around the city, attempting - and failing - to save his employees within Wayne Tower as the two demi-gods battle above, oblivious to the thousands being hurt around them.

These actions havenít gone unnoticed and whilst some of the population adore Superman as a god, as their saviour, there is a growing resentment - with Wayne included - that see him instead as their potential destruction.

Likewise Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) between his on-going romance with - the still continually pointless - Lois Lane (Amy Adams) has also taken a keen interest in Gothamís own Dark Knight vigilante, along with his escalating methods of violence on the city's criminal denizens.

Sandwiched between the two titular characters is the off-kilter Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) heir to a business empire and seemingly concocting a plan of his own, and the mysterious Diana aka Wonder Woman played by Gal Gadot whose inclusion within Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice is merely a stepping stone - used as window dressing to pique the audience's interest for a further instalment. So is Batman versus Superman a fight for the ages? Was it worth the decades long wait for DC comic fans?

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.

Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice - Clark Kent meets Lex Luthor meets Bruce Wayne

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.

Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice may not have been worth the decades long worth wait - of seeing two of our favourite heroes on the big screen together - though just a taste of reliving the iconic Nolan-esque Dark Knight once more may be worth it for many, that is until the film descends into massive scale CGI-filled popcorn, cardboard destruction - oh not to worry though, every time anything blew up they made sure to inform the audience the area is citizen-free, canít be reliving that Man of Steel fiasco again can we.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is currently available to buy on Blu-ray & DVD or on-demand via Amazon Video.

  • Review by
    David Robinson

    Twitter: @5ypher

    Posted on
    25th March 2016

  • 3 Out of 5 Stars
  • Non-sensical story

    Lacks rhythm

    Disjointed scenes

  • Bat-ffleck

    The Dark Knight throwbacks

    Fun action

Film Info

Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice
Rating: 12A
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
  • Batman Begins

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.