Superhero movies are like buses these days, you wait for one and it is quickly followed by a franchise.
With the Marvel Universe still leading the field DC’s latest offering Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice had a lot to live up to.
Not only following Christopher Nolan’s near impeccable trilogy staring Christian Bale, but giving the Man of Steal the added spice the film of the same name lacked.
If the Marvel chiefs were worried this was DC muscling in on their territory they can rest easy.
Zack Snyder’s film has the grit and darkness of a good comic book, but it seems to lack the Kapow!
The story line itself seems a little bit rushed, there is no build up or back story to the introduction of Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), Alfred (Jeremy Irons) all of a sudden becoming a tech whizz and the very minimum knowledge given of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot).
What does save Snyder is the incredible cinematography which is reminiscent of his earlier films like Watchmen and Sucker Punch, and the stand out performance of Eisenberg.
The main plot starts well enough, with of Man Of Steel’s finale through the eyes of Bruce Wayne, which sets up the idea of ‘Is Superman Friend or Foe?’ but it is almost a downward spiral from here on in.
With the film clocking up nearly two and a half hours of viewer concentration, the climax – or should that be anti-climax- to the battle of son of Kyrpton v Bat of Gotham is almost laughable. Ben Affleck’s line ‘I’m a friend of your sons’ just tips it over the edge.
Overall there are some clever parts of the film – in particular nods to Nolan’s Batman legacy – but as a whole it feel as if Snyder is still playing catch up with the Avengers.
JUST AN INSIGHT SCORE: 4/10