This is a movie which seems more of an event, in much the same way as the latest Star Wars flick. Since the announcement of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and revelation that Bruce Wayne’s character will be played by Ben Affleck, fans of both franchise have been looking forward to this unique collaboration.
Batman and Superman, on their own, have been hugely successful franchises and one can only imagine the popularity of this lethal combination.
Their merger as the leading superheroes of the comic world is set to catapult their characters to even greater heights.
The first trailer released from this movie indicated an ultimate battle between the two gladiators, but the latest preview suggests the two eventually team up to save humanity against a deadly force.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice also marks the debut of Wonder Woman, an Amazon princess and 5000-year-old demigoddess daughter of Zeus.
The trailer suggests that Wonder Woman, portrayed by Israeli beauty Gal Gadot, helps Batman and Superman overcome the mysterious “force” that threatens the planet.
In Man of Steel, Superman’s (Henry Cavill) massive battle with Zod (Michael Shannon) devastated the city of Metropolis. The loss of life and damage left many feeling angry and helpless, including crime-fighting billionaire and Gotham City-based vigilante Batman Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck).
Batman is convinced that Superman is now a threat to humanity and embarks on a crusade to end his reign on Earth.
And amidst this chaos comes another danger that threatens humankind.
There is an interesting variation in both Batman and Superman’s characters, explained extremely well by a New York Times movie critic:
“Batman is an alienated rich kid, a perpetual bachelor with a dark view of human nature.
“He has no natural ability to leap a tall building in a single bound, and so must rely on intelligence, ingenuity and a limitless fortune.
“Superman is an immigrant, a working journalist, an idealist and a devoted participant in a long-running office romance.”
However, both are on a similar mission to protect Earth from any force that threaten its existence.
Their upbringing provide the filmmakers an interesting backdrop to base the movies on. It ultimately ends in some heroic act by these superheroes.
Director Zack Snyder is not new to this franchise after his superb effort with Man of Steel.
Cavill, who portrayed the role of Superman almost flawlessly in the earlier editions, should be a delight to watch.
Affleck, who has taken over from talented Christian Bale as Batman, will be scrutinised by the critics on whether he does justice to the character.
Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gave Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice an approval rating of 30 per cent, based on 174 reviews, with an average rating of 5.1/10.
According to the site’s critical consensus, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice smothers a potentially powerful story – and some of America's most iconic superheroes – in a grim whirlwind of effects-driven action.”
Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating to reviews from mainstream critics, gave the film an average score of 44 out of 100, based on 50 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”.
Note - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice premiered at Empire Cinema on Thursday with booked fundraising events on the first two days. This column was written before the premiere.