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Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice  : Clash Without A Cause
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Friday, March 25, 2016
Action
Zack Snyder
Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams

The gladiator match of the season draws so completely on the power of a saleable franchise and ajumbo budget for special effects that itbypasses something vital called content.

 

It’s the classic stage where the big bad guy frames the super good hero and everybody falls for it with Batman deciding that it’s time to end Superman’s reign on earth. All the usual Superman and Batman moments are knitted in. The Daily Planet editor as usual can’t wait to bring down Superman while Lois Lanebats for her caped boyfriend. Crime fighting billionaire Bruce Wayne’s key man on the ground Alfred stays poker-faced. And kryptonite is the key word for super strength and super weakness.

 

The American Senate and Bruce Wayne, now beefier with age, believe Superman was behind a desert op that turned into a massacre. But you and I know that psychotic Lex Luthor is the author of this infamous ambush.

 

America is in trouble which in Hollywood means the whole world is doomed as Luthor gets his game going to destroy the good and create the evil. There are cars, buildings, even the US Capitol blowing up, leaving America with the uncomfortable question: was Superman complicit in all of this?

 

An old human touch is brought in with Superman’s mother Martha and a missing-you-dad meetingon the mountain. There is also a huge attempt to play on fan sentiments. But does it work?

 

Director Zack Snyder’s winning premise of pitting twowell-loved super heroes against each other is unfortunately way too long and way too hackneyed to hold your attention.

 

The two main guys who should be riveting are Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman. But all they really do is to out-scowl each other when they’re not noisily bashing each other up. Jesse Eisenberg has the more interesting part of edgy baddie Lex Luthor though it does tend to tip over to an extreme. 

 

What the team of writers do for the franchise is to introduce Wonder Woman and put windows and doors all over the blueprint for half-a-dozen sequels to walk in. While that may keep the fans appeased for now, far more substantial content would be required to sustain the interest in the long run.

 

For a showdown that should’ve been out of this world but treads routine ground, Batman V Superman gets a 2.5* rating. 

 

Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan

Senior Journalist & Author

 

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