Not as bad as Bush v. Gore, but close. Director Zack Snyder, having revived the Superman franchise with Man of Steel (2013), tosses in the Caped Crusader (Ben Affleck), rehashes his origin story yet again (his parents being gunned down in Gotham, his mother's pearls scattering), and sets him up as Superman's antagonist. Affleck makes a pretty good Batman (he's got great teeth), though his insight into the character consists mainly of having him hit the streets in a one-day stubble and a crabby mood. Jesse Eisenberg contributes arch line readings as Lex Luthor, and Jeremy Irons adds the requisite touch of fake class as Alfred the butler. This is being billed as the second installment in a DC Comics "extended universe" franchise, with two more sequels to follow and also spin-off features for Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and the Flash (all of whom appear here). When the DC Universe goes to war with the Marvel Universe, we'll know the end times have arrived. With Amy Adams and Diane Lane.
Director: Zack Snyder
Producer: Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas, Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns, David Goyer, Steven Mnuchin and Benjamin Melniker
Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Gal Gadot, Scoot McNairy, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, Brandon Spink, Lauren Cohan, Alan Purwin, Mark Taylor, Hugh Maguire and Michael Shannon