Rent Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

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Synopsis:
Two titans of justice, Batman/Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Superman/Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), meet in the most anticipated showdown of our time. Fearing the actions of a godlike super hero left unchecked, Gotham City's formidable vigilante takes on Metropolis' revered saviour while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. But as Batman and Superman go to war, a separate danger arises, one that may threaten all of humanity.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder
Voiced By:
Carla Gugino, Gary A. Hecker, Robin Atkin Downes, Patrick Wilson
Creators:
Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster
Writers:
Chris Terrio, David S. Goyer, Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Paul Dini, Bruce W. Timm
Aka:
Batman versus Superman: Dawn of Justice
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
01/08/2016
Run Time:
145 minutes
Languages:
Castilian Spanish, English, Hindi
Subtitles:
Castillian, Danish, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Greek, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • The Might and the Power of the Punch
BBFC:
Release Date:
01/08/2016
Run Time:
152 minutes
Languages:
Castilian Spanish, English, Italian
Subtitles:
Arabic, Bulgarian, Castillian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Estonian, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian Hard of Hearing, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Swedish, Turkish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • "Uniting the World's Finest": Glimpse the future of DC's bold new cinematic superheroes
  • "Gods and Men: A Meeting of Giants": Justice meets vengeance when two icons clash on-screen for the first time ever
  • "The Warrior, The Myth, The Wonder": Explore the origin, evolution and powerful impact on popular culture by the legendary Amazonian Wonder Woman
  • "Accelerating Design: The New Batmobile": Hit the road hard with Batman's newest high-performance ride
  • And More!
BBFC:
Release Date:
01/08/2016
Run Time:
151 minutes
Languages:
Castilian Spanish, English, Italian
Subtitles:
Arabic, Bulgarian, Castillian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Estonian, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian Hard of Hearing, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Swedish, Turkish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • "Uniting the World's Finest": Glimpse the future of DC's bold new cinematic super heroes
  • "Gods and Men: A Meeting of Giants": Justice meets vengeance when two icons clash on-screen for the first time ever
  • "The Warrior, The Myth, The Wonder": Explore the origin, evolution and powerful impact on popular culture by the legendary Amazonian Wonder Woman
  • "Accelerating Design: The New Batmobile": Hit the road hard with Batman's newest high-performance ride
  • And More!
BBFC:
Release Date:
01/08/2016
Run Time:
182 minutes
Languages:
Brazilian Portuguese, Castilian Spanish, English, English Audio Description, French, Italian
Subtitles:
Arabic, Brazilian, Cantonese, Castillian, Chinese, Czech, Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, Italian Hard of Hearing, Korean, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • "Uniting the World's Finest": Glimpse the future of DC's bold new cinematic superheroes
  • "Gods and Men: A Meeting of Giants": Justice meets vengeance when two icons clash on-screen for the first time ever
  • "The Warrior, The Myth, The Wonder": Explore the origin, evolution and powerful impact on popular culture by the legendary Amazonian Wonder Woman
  • "Accelerating Design: The New Batmobile": Hit the road hard with Batman's newest high-performance ride
  • And More!

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Reviews (8) of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Gloom and doom - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice review by Count Otto Black

Spoiler Alert
06/08/2016

Remember the first Avengers movie? This is basically the same film re-imagined by a whiny goth emo teen who turned into a middle-aged Hollywood director without ever growing up. Batman, by far the most important character, spends a huge proportion of the movie not really doing all that much except worrying about Superman, who has been set up as a bad guy for various reasons, including a complex but absurd scam which requires us to believe that if a bunch of terrorists in a foreign country were shot dead while Superman happened to be present, the American public would a) care deeply about the dead terrorists, and b) assume Superman was responsible because obviously an alien who can cremate somebody just by looking at him would need to use a gun.

For over half the film, much of what action there is occurs in multiple dream-sequences which we know are dreams from the start because of the obvious incongruity of what's suddenly happening (for instance, that picture at the top of the page). There are so many verbal and visual quotes from "The Dark Knight Returns" that it's obvious that's the movie Zack Snyder really wanted to make, but most of them are in different contexts where they make no sense. The grudge-match mentioned in the title happens because the world's greatest detective is completely fooled by anti-Superman propaganda (though Lois Lane isn't), gets very nasty indeed because both parties are genuinely trying to kill each other, and only ends non-disastrously because of a very contrived coincidence revolving around an extremely basic bit of information which the world's greatest detective somehow didn't know. And then they're suddenly best buddies so they can team up to fight a boring monster from another story who popped up to give them something to do.

Gal Gadot is quite effective as Wonder Woman, but she's hardly in the film until the big fight at the end, and every single time she's on screen in costume as Wonder Woman, an irritating "hey kids, Wonder Woman is badass!" generic heavy metal theme pops up on the soundtrack. Talking of irritating, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor is obviously trying to channel Heath Ledger's Joker, but let's just say there won't be any Oscars coming his way for this performance. And despite Batman's concern that Superman is causing too many casualties, the "Batman never kills" rule has been quietly forgotten because Zack Snyder thinks that not murdering villains (or being fully prepared to murder Superman for illogical reasons that in the comic were Lex Luthor's motive) might make him look like a wimp. Though he does have a peculiar inhibition against killing anyone who'll probably be in the sequel.

It's not completely terrible. The action scenes, when we finally get to them, are efficient. The new Batman is a potentially complex character who isn't properly developed (though he's definitely not the same guy as he was in the previous three films). And Wonder Woman may or may not be capable of carrying her own movie. On the strength of this one, Gal Gadot can snarl just like Xena, Warrior Princess while looking much prettier, and she's quite good at hitting CGI monsters with a sword in slow motion, but I've no idea whether or not she can act, or whether her character is interesting. But overall it's far too long, far too slow, and not really very enjoyable.

If DC have the sense to put their cinematic franchise in the hands of somebody who knows comics are meant to be fun, they might still catch up with Marvel (heavy hints that Darkseid is going to show up soon suggest that they're going for exactly the same long-term multi-movie story-arc). But they'll have to hurry. Every movie like this loses them more ground.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Batty and underpants, all at once. - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice review by NC

Spoiler Alert
13/08/2016

Why not just do another Superman, and then another Batman? Ben is not intense enough for the role. Bale and Keaton have that crazy focus thing going on.

Long way from Dark Knight..........

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

It desperately needs a good story - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice review by CB

Spoiler Alert
14/12/2016

Really disappointed with this film. I think they tried to cram in so much (a lot of which was lost on the viewer) that they ended up over-complicating the movie. The dream sequences - what a waste! Do we really need to know that Batman and Superman have unressolved phsychological issues? Some scenes (Flash, etc) obviously inserted as easter eggs that would only make sense to the more observant viewer who has watched EVERY super hero movie that preceded this one. One point that REALLY annoyed me is there's batman with his super-surveillance computer with tabs on everything that happens in Gotham City and yet, both he and Superman hadn't figured out that both of their mothers are called Martha! How utterly stupid is that? Lex Luther is an android? If it weren't for all the other mistakes in this film I'd say the film would be 100% better without him in it. He creates a doomsday monster which even he can't control and unleashes it BEFORE he knows the outcome of the Batman v Superman battle. Then there's Wonder Woman who steals Luther Corp secrets off Bruce Wayne's wireless hard drive as he nicks it off Luther Corp - why not use her own truth lassoo on Lex to get the information she's after and be streets ahead of Bruce Wayne? Oh, and the only reason Batman hates Superman is because he destroyed one of his buildings - hello? It was okay for Batman to crash into everything in his way!

Cinema Paradiso - top class job of preventing me from buying the move, well done!

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (aka Batman versus Superman: Dawn of Justice) review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

The two most iconic superheroes in all of comics come together in an attempt to answer the debatable question: Who would win in a fight? Will the Kryptonian alien lay waste to the Batman or will the dark knight of Gotham smear Superman across the pavement? It’s a battle that was too enticing for director Zack Snyder to pass up. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to be interested in anything else besides the main event.

For Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Snyder draws from a wealth of DC Comics material. He takes a heaping portion of The Dark Knight Returns, a dollop of the Superman Doomsday arc, a splash of Trinity (Superman/Batman/Wonder Woman team up), and a dash of Knightmare and mixes it all together. While he has a great eye for the best superhero comics, he misses much of what made these comics so unique.

We see an aged and bitter Batman (Ben Affleck) on a crusade for taking down Superman, but never delve deep enough into his descent to feel something more. We see a conflicted Superman (Henry Cavill) worried about how to approach the public that fear him, but we don’t have enough time to sympathize with his plight. We don’t even have time to understand Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) and his psychotic obsession with playing a mad scientist to terminate Superman. Heck, the movie doesn’t have much time for anything in how it constantly spins its intricate plotlines in an attempt to provide setup for the eventual showdown.

And, let’s be honest, the action scenes are the only area where Snyder’s directorial talent shines. When Batman and Superman fight each other, it’s gritty, violent and brilliantly shot. Batman unloads his entire bag of gadgets on the man of steel, donning a clunky suit of powerful armor to even the playing field. Superman chucks the dark knight through walls with lightning-fast punches, using his heat vision to blaze through the smoke of night like a demon. There’s even a surprising amount of oomph when Wonder Woman joins the fight with her sword and shield, eager and thirsty for combat. These scenes seem to have the most attention with several unique camera angles, believable blows and, for a few brief moments, a sense of excitement.

But there’s a hollowness to these fight scenes in that they haven’t properly earned the emotional development of character - and that’s saying something for a movie that’s 2½ hours. We briefly touch on how Batman’s experience with Superman’s collateral damage has shaped him into a harsher vigilante. Bruce Wayne has taken a darker path and the movie only lets us follow his descent more as bystanders. Given even less time on screen is Superman’s sadness in trying to limit his powers and prevent further destruction. We should be feeling something in these characters so that by the time they trade fists there is an emotional resonance behind each punch. This effect could have been realized if only there were more time given to explore their characters and perhaps some better dialogue. The writing is so tiresomely repetitive in the first act bantering that it might as well just be Batman and Superman growling at each other. Even Snyder becomes so bored with a court hearing scene that he throws in an explosion.

So what’s eating up all of the screen time from the more interesting scenes? It’s a combination of plot scheduling and shameless cameo insertion. Lex Luthor keeps fight night on schedule by staging threats, deaths and kidnappings against both Batman and Superman. Why is he doing all this? It could be the daddy issues he briefly mentions or the orders of interdimensional gods - both of which are eluded to in his rantings. Again, his motivations could have been made clear if there were only time to focus on him. But there isn't even time for that as the plot attempts to shoehorn in Wonder Woman as well as quick glimpses of future Justice League members. Such promotion for building the franchise makes the forced cameos within Iron Man 2 seem subtle in comparison. I must admit that Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman does breathe some life into the third act, but it comes as too little too late as if scenes from a more engaging superhero movie were spliced into the picture. There is even extra time wasted with two, count them, TWO dream sequences in a row.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is overstuffed with so many great elements from the comics that are unfortunately filtered down into a mess of a movie. It bears a striking similarity to Snyder’s treatment of Watchmen in which he lifts some grand material, but does not have the skill to translate it to the screen. I wish I weren’t aware of all the material Zack Snyder uses in this picture because it probably appears rather bold and unique for those not familiar with the sources. I wanted to enjoy this picture because I love the comics and these characters, but this movie is ultimately a disappointment because it could have been so much more if it only had less.

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