Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice review

Who goes to the premiere of a highly-anticipated movie and then goes around blurting out spoilers?

Apparently enough people for Warner Bros. to make you sign a non-spoiler agreement along with the embargo before you get to see the movie.

This review, as with my Star Wars: The Force Awakens review, will go beyond the request of the studio as I will attempt not to reveal any plot or character details.

However, there will be an exception: I will refer to actors whose characters were revealed in trailers leading up to the release of the film.

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After much hand-wringing over the decision to cast Ben Affleck as Batman, fans need fear no longer. Affleck lives up to the black cape and cowl.

Henry Cavill’s Superman was as good as in Man of Steel, and Jesse Eisenberg delivered an excellent, if unusual, version of Lex Luthor.

Jeremy Irons as Alfred worked beautifully, and the performances of the other supporting actors, from Amy Adams to Laurence Fishburne, were also on point.

It still feels too early to say much about Gal Gadot’s portrayal of Wonder Woman. While criticism of Wonder Woman’s wardrobe remains valid, Gadot’s performance during the bit of time she was on screen was solid.

Too dense, too long, weak plot, great action

Dawn of Justice has a running time of slightly over 2.5 hours, and despite its length, it still feels like director Zack Snyder and his writing team tried to cram too much into one movie.

Poorly-conceived motivations and a weak plot also let the film down in places.

However, the action sequences – the reason you want to see this movie in the first place – are thoroughly enjoyable.

Batman and Superman each get a chance to shine, and Dawn of Justice is sure to leave fans of either or both superheroes satisfied.

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Overall, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was enjoyable, even if you can’t forgive the issues with the plot.

That said, no review from a superhero movie fan would be complete without a pronouncement on the hidden metaphor (not really) of the coming battle of the great comic houses.

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