DC’s latest instalment takes to the screens amongst much hype.
Nearly two years after Superman’s (Henry Cavill) devastating battle with Zod (Michael Shannon), the citizens of Metropolis are still resentful of the damage caused. None more so than billionaire vigilante Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) who has been operating in Gotham under cover of darkness. Convinced that Superman is more menace than messiah, Batman sets out to end the “superhero’s” reign of action. For his part, Lex Luthor also perceives Kent’s alter-ego as a threat, and pits the two against each other hoping that the now disgraced red-caped Man of Steel will be overthrown.
What results, is a movie largely concerned with what constitutes a hero, and if heroic behaviour is as commendable in reality as in idealisation. When Luthor’s biological weapon Doomsday (Jesse Eisenberg) is unveiled however, the pair must overcome their differences and unite with Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) to save the city.
As with 2013’s ‘Man of Steel’, the film has received largely mixed reviews. Whilst slated by some critics, many audiences reacted positively to the latest DC instalment.
Despite a budget of $250 million, there are undeniably a few flaws evident. The plot is somewhat stale, as despite a battle between the two, there is no enduring conflict as suggested by the title.
Whilst Snyder attempts to present a neatly packed movie, the many narrative strands leave it feeling a little overstuffed in parts.
However this fast paced, action packed blockbuster is certainly enjoyable to watch. Not every single member of the fandom will rate it with 10 stars. But the great performances, well executed cinematography and cameo appearances all help to deliver an impressive film that creates great anticipation for other upcoming releases from the DC extended universe including ‘Suicide Squad’, “Wonder Woman” and ‘Man of Steel 2’.
Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg
Genre: Fantasy/ Science Fiction
Runtime: 155 Mins
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