STARS: Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill in a scene from the movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
STARS: Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill in a scene from the movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Clay Enos

Cape crusaders clash in super busy action flick

Superfacts

Stars: Stars: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams

Director: Zack Snyder

Reviewer: Javier Encalada

Verdict: 2.5/5

LIKE Batman himself, this film dons a cape but needs plenty of technological support to fly on its own.

The story starts at the end of Man of Steel (2013), when Kal-El has defeated the evil General Zod and his gang, causing damage and casualties in Metropolis.

The population is divided: should we trust this alien crusader or should we fear him? Is he a god? He's definitely not a bird nor a plane.

In neighbouring Gotham, Batman is as dark and bitter as you can imagine him.

Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the Man of Steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs.

This film also introduces the characters that in the future will become the League of Justice: Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman.

What could go wrong? This film had the budget, storyline and fan base to be a mega blockbuster.

Well. It is not. It's a good action movie but not the hit DC and Warner had hoped for.

Why? This film's weakness is the predominance of politics. Much time is taken by senators and villains discussing political power, and the socio-political implications of a world in turmoil take most of the film.

Let's just say that politics and super heroes do not mix with socio-political commentary. It is also rated M, it is not suitable for children.

Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice is an acceptable film that does not live up to the hype it generated.



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