Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a 2016 American superhero film featuring the DC Comics characters Batman and Superman. It is a follow-up to 2013’s Man of Steel and the second installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The film is directed by Zack Snyder, written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer, and features an ensemble cast that includes Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, and Gal Gadot.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the first live-action film to feature Batman and Superman together, as well as the first live-action cinematic portrayal of Wonder Woman. In the film, criminal mastermind Lex Luthor manipulates Batman into a preemptive battle with Superman, whom Luthor is obsessed with.
- Starring : Ben Affleck / Henry Cavill
- Genre : Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi
- Country : United States
- Language : English
- Director : Zack Snyder
- Production : Warner Bros. / Atlas Entertainment / Cruel & Unusual Films / DC Comics / DC Entertainment / RatPac-Dune Entertainment / Zak Productions
- Distributor : Eye Candy Films / Karo Premiere / NOS Audiovisuais / Panorama Studios / Roadshow Entertainment / Roadshow Films / SF Studios / Tanweer Alliances / Warner Bros. F.E. / Warner Bros. / Westec Media Limited / White Tusk Movies / Amazon Prime Video / HBO Max / KVH Media Group / Pro 7 / Veronica / Warner Bros. Home Entertainment / Warner Home Video
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice release date
- March 20, 2016 : USA (Los Angeles, California) (premiere)
- March 20, 2016 : USA (New York City, New York) (premiere)
- March 22, 2016 : UK (London) (premiere)
- March 23, 2016 : Spain
- March 23, 2016 : France
- March 23, 2016 : Sweden
- March 24, 2016 : United Arab Emirates
- March 24, 2016 : Australia
- March 24, 2016 : Germany
- March 24, 2016 : Israel
- March 24, 2016 : Singapore
- March 25, 2016 : Canada
- March 25, 2016 : UK
- March 25, 2016 : Ireland
- March 25, 2016 : India
- March 25, 2016 : Japan
- March 25, 2016 : USA
- March 26, 2016 : Philippines
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice cast
- Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne / Batman
- Henry Cavill as Clark Kent / Superman
- Amy Adams as Lois
- Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor
- Diane Lane as Martha Kent
- Laurence Fishburne as Perry White
- Jeremy Irons as Alfred
- Holly Hunter as Senator Finch
- Gal Gadot as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman
- Scoot McNairy as Wallace Keefe
- Callan Mulvey as Anatoli Knyazev
- Tao Okamoto as Mercy Graves
- Brandon Spink as Young Bruce Wayne
- Lauren Cohan as Martha Wayne
- Alan D. Purwin as Wayne Industries Pilot
The film was announced at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con after the release of Man of Steel. Snyder stated that the film would take inspiration from the Batman comic book series The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller but clarified that it would follow an original premise. The incarnation of Batman in the film is different from the character’s previous portrayal in The Dark Knight Trilogy, serving as a cinematic reboot of the character. The film is also inspired by narrative elements from the “Death of Superman”. Pre-production began at East Los Angeles College in October 2013, with principal photography starting in May 2014 in Detroit. Additional filming also took place in Illinois and New Mexico, concluding that December.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice premiered at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City on March 19, 2016, and was released in the United States on March 25, 2016, in 2D, Real D 3D, IMAX 3D, IMAX, 4DX, premium large formats, and 70 mm prints by Warner Bros. Pictures. Following a strong debut that set new box office records, the film experienced a historic drop in its second weekend and never recovered. Despite grossing $873 million and turning a profit, the film was deemed a box office disappointment for failing to reach its expected $1 billion gross. It received generally unfavorable reviews from critics for its dark tone and disjointed screenplay and pacing, though some praised its visual style, effects and acting performances (notably Affleck and Gadot). An extended cut dubbed the “Ultimate Edition”, which features 31 minutes of additional footage, was released digitally on June 28, 2016, and on Blu-ray on July 19, 2016, to an improved critical reception. A sequel, Justice League, was released in November 2017.
Eighteen months after the battle between Superman and General Zod in Metropolis, Superman has become a controversial figure. Billionaire Bruce Wayne, who has operated in Gotham City as the vigilante Batman for twenty years, sees Superman as an extraterrestrial threat to humanity. After learning of Batman’s form of justice, Clark Kent (Superman’s civilian identity) seeks to expose him via Daily Planet articles. Wayne learns that Russian weapon trafficker Anatoli Knyazev has been contacting LexCorp mogul Lex Luthor. Meanwhile, Luthor unsuccessfully tries to persuade Senator June Finch to allow him to import kryptonite retrieved from the Indian Ocean following Zod’s terraforming attempt, claiming he wants to maintain it as a deterrent against future Kryptonian and metahuman threats. He instead makes alternative plans with Finch’s subordinate and gains access to Zod’s body and the Kryptonian scout ship.
Bruce attends a gala at LexCorp to steal encrypted data from the company’s mainframe, but has it taken from him by an antiquities dealer named Diana Prince; she eventually returns it to Bruce when she is unable to access the information. While decrypting the drive, Bruce dreams of a post-apocalyptic world where he leads a group of rebels against an evil Superman. He is awakened from his dream by an unidentified person, appearing through a portal, who warns him of Lois Lane’s crucial role in the future, and urges him to find “the others” before vanishing. Upon fully decrypting the drive, Wayne discovers Luthor’s files on several metahuman individuals across the globe. One of them is Prince herself, who is shown in a photo taken during World War I. Wayne admits to Alfred Pennyworth that he plans to steal the kryptonite to weaponize it, should it become necessary to fight Superman.
At a Congressional hearing, as Finch questions Superman on the validity of his actions, a bomb smuggled by Luthor goes off and kills everyone present but Superman. Believing he should have detected the bomb, and frustrated by his failure to save them, Superman goes into self-imposed exile. Batman breaks into LexCorp and steals the kryptonite. In preparation to battle Superman, he builds a powered exoskeleton, creates a kryptonite grenade launcher, and a kryptonite-tipped spear. Meanwhile, Luthor enters the Kryptonian ship and accesses a vast technology database accumulated from over 100,000 worlds.
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