Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Intense sequences of violence and mature themes.

  • The pitch:

    Martha, Martha, Martha.

  • Starring:

    Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Gal Gadot, Scoot McNairy, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, Brandon Spink

  • Directed by:

    Zack Snyder

  • Running time:

    151 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot, crushed, thrown through the air/against objects, hooded, punched, kicked, hit, headbutted, flipped, bashed through walls, tied up, branded, hit with objects, arrested, knocked out, kidnapped, bitten (dream sequence), cut in half (dream sequence), beaten, tackled, pistol-whipped, chained, dragged, shoulder-charged, pushed from high ledges, gagged, gassed, stomped, throat-grabbed, sliced, arm-snapped, pile-driven, stabbed, elbowed, nuked, near-drowned, maimed, impaled. A man is shot execution-style (implied), a rocket explodes on launch. Missiles, blue power-bolts, heavy weapons, grenades, alien attack. Explosions, fireballs, big electric supercharges. Mass property destruction/panic, bridges/buildings/roads collapse, debris, burning building. Reckless driving, car crashes/rollovers, vehicles thrown through the air/rammed/dragged, burning car, truck explosion, boat collapse (dry dock), aircraft crash. A child falls down a well, a man is seen trapped beneath heavy steel pylons, fighters seen boxing in an (assumed) illegal match, a man's heart is pulled out of his chest (implied), people fall through a glass ceiling. A hanged effigy is burned. Flooding, stranded people on rooftops seen. Objects smashed, banged, defaced. Military vehicles/soldiers/aircraft, armed militia seen. Newspaper headlines on wall detail several mass disasters; television reports announce breaking disasters/deadly factory fire. Theft. A painting shows men and demons fighting. Yelling, arguing, screaming, roaring. Terrorist/terrorism, human traffic, dirty bombs, innocents die, sex trafficker, child predator, weapon of assassination, war, drowning horses, suicide, trading pelts/skins, doomsday mentioned. Blood/gore: Slicing skin/hand, removing fingerprints. Bloody scratches/gashes/sweat drops/faces/eye, blood spatter on face, dripping blood, bloody chest wound. Skin burned/peeled off/branded, exposed bone. Missing limbs (man in wheelchair; amputation implied), hand cut off. A live head and torso are attached to a board; limb generation seen (science experiment). People on stretchers, IV drips, body bag. Pupil dilation, scar, jar of urine. Arm (bone) snap heard. A beast emerges from an amniotic sac. Coffins, memorial, skull motifs (Day of the Dead celebrations). A monitor shows decaying cells. Thousands/millions dead mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing, flirting. Woman in bath (full nudity implied). Nude male corpse (no genitals seen), nude gigantic beast (no genitals visible). Couple in bath (sex implied). Shirtless men, people in swimwear/tribal wear, low-cut gowns, cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (shots, wine, champagne, spirits).

  • LANGUAGE:

    S-word, sonofab*tch, p*ss. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Batman, Superman, superheroes, vigilantes, power, rescue, orphans, legacy, death, grief, alien attacks, funerals, mother-son relationships, alter-egos, villains, carnage, misunderstandings.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Murdered parents. Dead mother (implied). Funeral, courtroom, prison, dystopian wasteland settings. Tombstones, coffins, helicopters, jets, plane, lightning, thunder, power blackout. Horses, bats, reef fish, giant UFO, spaceships. Fantasy creatures (vampire, jellyfish, flying man-insects, vines); characters with glowing/laser eyes, laser teeth, slime. Deceased father seen (apparition). Jar of urine, gagging. Brief foreign languages (subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Epic, exhilarating, stylish, high-concept, imposing. Strong/emotional performance by Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot is awesome/entertaining/watchable as Wonder Woman, clever opening/establishing scene, tightly choreographed fight sequences, hyper-stylised combat imagery, camp weight training montage, fleeting glimpse of future superhero characters, effective score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Jumbled, overstuffed, lengthy, brooding, scattered, gloomy, unfun, overwrought, solemn, operatic, dull, cluttered, huge, busy, unwielding, underwhelming, dreary, frustrating, unfinished, lumbering, empty, plastic, bombastic, self-important, loud, sprawling, distracted, meat-headed, humourless. Wonky narrative, incoherent structure, formulaic/one-note premise, half-baked plot, weighted dialogue, intensely annoying/charmless villain, pointless exposition about Batman's parents' death, fundamentally disconnected, CGI overkill, generic/exhausting denoument, any of the film's surprises are revealed in the trailer.

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