Release Date: 20 July 2016
Format: DVD Blu-ray
Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill
How do these superhero icons wind up at each other’s throats? Is this really a Dawn of Justice?
The collapse of Wayne Towers during General Zod’s attack on Metropolis in Man of Steel has something to do with it. So too the plans of one Alexander Luthor (a twitchy performance from Jesse Eisenberg), who’s determined to stir up some anti-Superman sentiment by framing him for an explosive attack on the Capitol.
Director Zack Snyder juggles a busy narrative that also features Wonder Woman and Doomsday, moving all these players into position to further expand the DC universe in the forthcoming Justice League movie.
The sombre tone recalls Christopher Nolan’s Batman films and suggests that DC are positioning themselves as the dark side to Marvel’s light; fans of the comic books will second guess some of the big plot twists, but the uninitiated are in for some major surprises here.
An extended cut on Blu-ray promises a more cohesive version of the film than the one that played in cinemas, with the addition of 30 minutes of unseen footage.