Film preview: Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (12A)

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

After the trillion of dollars worth of damage caused by Superman’s (Henry Cavill) 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 (Ben Affleck) and his Batman 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 Wonder Woman is on hand to sort out the petty squabbling – with brief cameos from the likes of Ezra Miller’s The Flash, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg hinting at big things for the future.

A real superhero smackdown...