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'Batman v Superman' review: the even darker knightDC's heroes take a dark turn in this brooding, brutal mess of a movie.
[NOISE] Batman V Superman, it's the superhero cinematic clash of the decade, or at least until Captain America Civil War comes out. With me is Rich Trendholm. We've both seen the movie, and we're gonna find out what Rich thinks, as our resident movie Critic, Rich, Batman Versus Superman is the biggest superhero clash. Does it deliver on that cinematic spectacle? Yes and no. In terms of sheer scale, yeah, absolutely. Yeah, it's a huge movie with loads going on. There's hugely cinematic battles and set pieces and the conflicts are between these towering, godlike characters. Whether it hangs together as a coherent whole is another matter. There's so much stuff going on in there. And there's even so much set up for future movies that it's a bit of a mess. It's a glorious mess, but it's a bit of a mess. Well, this is the first time that we've seen this incarnation of Batman as played by Ben Affleck. How does Ben do and what do we think of this Batman. I really Bat Flick, actually I think it does really well, one of the things that kinda came out afterwards and I realized that I hadn't thought about the Dark Knight movie all the way through, because it's so visually distinctive and Ben Affleck does such a good job as Felling, the kind of jaded, cynical world weary, older Bruce Wayne, so it's a very positive [INAUDIBLE] straight out the gate. That said, this is not the Batman of your childhood. It's a very, very dark take on the character. Okay, so that's interesting. I mean, this obviously superhero is enjoyed by all ages. Is there something that you should Take kids to? No, no, it's, I mean it's a very, very violent movie and not just that but it's a really unremittingly, unrelentingly bleak, like Superman and Batman are these characters who have been sort of Fantasy figures that have delighted and inspired kids for the best part of the century. They are presented as these very, very brooding, conflicted, troubled and very scary characters, and they live in a very scary world, where random, pointless, awful, horrible mass destruction can happen at any time. So, its a yeah, its a very, if you want to tell your kids that, you know, bad things happen to good people, then just let Jack Snyder and Ben Affleck take care of it for you. Thanks guys for doing all that. [LAUGH] Exactly. So, obviously, this film is going to be compared a lot to the Avengers. Yeah. Marvel's Avengers. Is that a fair comparison? What do you think? I think the problem that they have is that, while Marvel took five movies to get the Avengers, to have a bunch of super heroes all in together in a shared universe, DC's had to really race to get all these characters in there. So there's so many kind of new faces and it does assume a lot of knowledge actually, when you see all these random people popping in who aren't actually relevant to the main story. I really enjoyed it as a sort of adult comics fan. But I don't know if they've got, there's just the same kind of joy the Marvel movies have. Is it too much to ask for a bit of escapism with our cape? [LAUGH] Es-cape-ism, if you will. [LAUGH] That's pretty good. All right, well, that's what Rich thought. So let us know what you think as well, guys. If you've seen it, drop us a note. Although, keep spoilers out of the comments. Come on, don't be that guy. All right. Thanks very much. Stay tuned to CNET. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]