The Beginner’s Guide To Batman v Superman

Everything you need to know before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes out tomorrow.

What is it?
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the second film in the DCEU (DC Extended Universe) following 2013’s Man of Steel which introduced Henry Cavill’s Superman to the world.

There’s a DCEU?
There is and after the continuing success of Marvel’s MCU it should come as no surprise that DC wanted to get a slice of that business. The DCEU actually has a massive 10 films currently scheduled to go out over the next four years, the first of these being: Batman v Superman, Suicide SquadWonder Woman.

What’s the film about?
Is that a real question? Okay buddy, I’m going to go ahead and say it’s about Batman fighting Superman and it may even be the origin, or ‘dawn’ if you will, of the Justice League. There’s also this official plot synopsis:

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

If this follows on from Man of Steel, do I need to watch that before this?
I would normally say yes but this time around I think you’ll be okay without it. Man of Steel is Superman’s origin story which everybody is already familiar with and other than that, all that really happens is some next-level destruction of a city.

Superman’s basically a god. How are they squeezing two hours out of a fight between him and an old, rich guy?
First of all, two hours? If you go to see this film, you’re in for 2hrs 33mins but I do see your point and that’s how I felt until I realised how many times Batman has kicked Superman’s ass in comics. Check out this video if you want more details of how those victories went down:

Who’s in this film?
Like, which DC characters or which actors? I ask but I’m going to tell you about both regardless. This is the ‘dawn of justice’ so there are going to be some Justice League characters. If you’ve seen the trailers then you already know that Wonder Woman features heavily but we are also expecting appearances from The Flash and Cyborg. Actor-wise, Henry Cavill will be reprising the role of Superman, Ben Affleck plays Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and you can also expect to see Jesse Eisenberg & Amy Adams.

Team Batman or Team Superman?
Eternally Team Batman – Superman isn’t flawed enough for my tastes but not everybody agrees with me. Total Film asked a bunch of celebrities and results were mixed – check out one of their videos here:

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