Film preview: BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

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DC Comics’ have finally jumped on the superhero ensemble bandwagon – with this enticing set-up to a Justice League film.

DC Comics’ have finally jumped on the superhero ensemble bandwagon – with this enticing set-up to a Justice League film.

And it doesn’t get anymore tempting than a showdown between Superman (Henry Cavill) – who launched Warner Bros’ DC first phase with 2013’s Man of Steel – and Batman (with Ben Affleck donning the mask for the latest Caped Crusader incarnation) as director Zack Snyder aims to mirror the success that Marvel has achieved with their franchise.

After the trillion of dollars worth of damage caused by Supes’ battle with General Zod in Metropolis during the climax of his standalone movie, a growing number of people are now seeing the Man of Steel as a threat to humanity.

Despite being a beacon of hope to parts of society, Bruce Wayne and his Dark Knight alter-ego see him as a reckless power that mustn’t be left ungoverned – and wants to seek justice for the chaos he has brought to Earth.

But while the two superhero powers get embroiled in a bitter feud, a terrifying new threat arises from Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor – after getting his hands on Zod’s DNA – providing a foe that is more powerful than both of them.

Luckily Gal Gadot’s (The Fast and Furious series) Diana Prince/Wonder Woman is on hand to sort out the petty squabbling and add some girl power . . .