Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)



Critic Consensus: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice smothers a potentially powerful story -- and some of America's most iconic superheroes -- in a grim whirlwind of effects-driven action.

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Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) share the screen in this Warner Bros./DC Entertainment co-production penned by David S. Goyer and Chris Terrio, and directed by Zack Snyder. Amy Adams and Diane Lane return as Lois Lane and Martha Kent, respectively.
PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action throughout, and some sensuality)
Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Ben Affleck
as Bruce Wayne/Batman
Henry Cavill
as Clark Kent/Superman
Amy Adams
as Lois Lane
Diane Lane
as Martha Kent
Laurence Fishburne
as Perry White
Gal Gadot
as Wonder Woman
Jesse Eisenberg
as Lex Luthor
Jeremy Irons
as Alfred
Ray Fisher
as Victor Stone/Cyborg
Jason Momoa
as Aquaman
Holly Hunter
as Senator Finch
Scoot McNairy
as Wallace Keefe
Callan Mulvey
as Anatoli Knyazev
Tao Okamoto
as Mercy Graves
Brandon Spink
as Young Bruce Wayne
Mark Edward Taylor
as Wayne Industries Pilot
Lauren Cohan
as Martha Wayne
Alan Purwin
as Wayne Industries Pilot
Hugh Maguire
as Jack O'Dwyer
Hanna Dworkin
as Metropolis Citizen
Tiffany Addison
as Metropolis Citizen
Owais Ahmed
as Metropolis Citizen
Anish Jethmalani
as Metropolis Citizen
Keith D. Gallagher
as Metropolis Citizen
Tiffany Bedwell
as Metropolis Citizen
Natalee Arteaga
as Metropolis Citizen
Richard Burden
as Island Scientist
Jeff Dumas
as Metropolis Citizen
Julius Tennon
as General Security Chief
Miriam Lee
as Metropolis Citizen
Sammi Rotibi
as General Amajagh
Alicia Regan
as Metropolis Citizen
Michael Cassidy
as Jimmy Olsen
Wunmi Mosaku
as Kahina Ziri
Dennis North
as Senator Barrows
Matahi Drollet
as Island Divers
Mormon Maitui
as Island Drivers
Kiff VandenHeuvel
as Officer Mazzuccheli
Mason Heidger
as Officer Rucka
Taraina Sanford
as Island Mother
Whitney Yang
as Hostage Girls
Kristine Cabanban
as Hostage Girls
Sebastian Sozzi
as Cesar Santos
Kent Shocknek
as Himself
Ralph Lister
as Emmet Vale
Sammy Publes
as Metropolis Cops
Jay Adams
as Metropolis Cops
Julia Glander
as Hero's Park Jogger
Michael D. Ellison
as Air Force MP
Kirill Ostapenko
as Underground Fight Patron
Cleve McTier
as Mob Boss
Rashontae Wawrzyniak
as Beautiful Woman
Harry Lennix
as Swanwick
Christina Wren
as Major Farris
Tom Luginbill
as Sports Announcer
David Midura
as Hero's Park Tourist
Dave Pasch
as Sports Announcer
Danny Mooney
as Party Photographer
Henry Frost
as Party Doorman
Jay Towers
as Reporter at Monument
Nicole Forester
as Leblanc - Library President
Debbie Stabenow
as Metropolis Governor
Bevin Kowal
as Bartender
Aida Munoz
as Carmen's Mother
Vikram Gandhi
as Himself
Charlie Rose
as Himself
Chad Krowchuk
as Glen Woodburn
Milica Govich
as Colorado Woman
John Lepard
as Jail Guard
Sandra Love Aldridge
as Finch's Receptionist
Chris Newman
as Wayne Accountant
Carmen Ayala
as Kitchen Service Worker
Dana Bash
as Herself
Josh Carrizales
as Kitchen Service Worker
Lulu Dahl
as Diner Waitress
James Quesada
as Kitchen Service Worker
John Seibert
as McGraw (Finch's Aide)
Sam Logan Khaleghi
as DC Protestor
Connie Craig
as DC Protestor
Patrick Leahy
as Senator Purrington
Carla Gugino
as Ship Voice
David Dailey Green
as Colorado Father
Madison Autumn Mies
as Colorado Daughter
Thomas M. Taylor
as Jail Guard
Graham W.J. Beal
as James Harmon - Museum Director
Henri Franklin
as Bunker Soldier
Jonathan West
as Bunker Soldier
T.J. Martinelli
as US Park Officer
Thom Kikot
as Diner Owner
Liam Tailford
as Capitol Cop
Zachary JI Schafer
as DC Protestor
Monrico Ward
as DC Protestor
Anne Marie Damman
as DC Protestor
Henrietta Hermelin
as DC Protestor
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Critic Reviews for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

All Critics (346) | Top Critics (52)

A movie that beats you into submission and makes you wonder if the sun will ever come out again.

Full Review… | May 25, 2016
The New Republic
Top Critic

Batman v Superman is a tiresome, ill-tempered film, and one too lazy even to earn its dismal outlook.

Full Review… | March 25, 2016
The Atlantic
Top Critic

When in doubt, [Snyder] simply slings another ingredient into the mix, be it an irradiated monster, an explosion on government premises, or the sharp smack of masonry on skull.

Full Review… | March 25, 2016
New Yorker
Top Critic

If only the film actually had depth, along with a little levity to lighten the bulk in the script, the visual murk and the sonic overkill.

Full Review… | March 24, 2016
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A ponderous, smothering, over-pixelated zeppelin crash of a movie scored by a choir that sounds like it's being drowned in lava.

Full Review… | March 24, 2016
Top Critic

It's freighted not so much with entertainment value as it is with enough talk of fallen gods, absent parents, and dissolute heroes to fuel a Greek tragedy. And ... director Zack Snyder seems convinced that that's what he's making.

Full Review… | March 24, 2016
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice


Exceptional. Without question, the best Batman or Superman movie of the last 25 years excluding only Heath Ledger's "The Dark Knight" of 2008. Superb cinematography, very good acting, excellent direction, hair, costumes, and sound. The only draw-back was script writing and pacing, which were at times tedious, indolent and indulgent. Still, if you value character development more than action (as I do), this is an extraordinarily good comic book film.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Wasn't as bad as I'd expected. Unlike I'd feared, its long runtime did not work as a spoilsport and I was hardly distracted/irritated throughout the film. While it's not an incredible flick, it's quite watchable.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


What's wrong with this film? Marvel. Yeah. They went and stole DC'S thunder when DC had the whole superhero thing in their back pocket. This effort is the answer to right that affront, an attempt to regain the fight. What that means is that they put too much into the film and the effect is confusing but, to credit the director, somehow the whole mess remains under control. It's a good film. What's right about it? Affleck's Batman intro works (and I didn't want it to work out of loyalty to Bale/Nolan) and he comfortably assumes the weight of the entire franchise (I thought Cavill could've leapt in happiness). The Bat's fight sequences, exemplary, are the soul of the film. Gadot's entrance is assuring as well, boding well for the emerging women-in-capes market. I felt the whole #1 Superhero-In-The-World end of it was given some room to breathe, too, maybe to look at something other than the big blue boy scout from space saving cats stuck in trees. I'm gonna recommend this.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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