Clash of the Titans

The Most Important Things You Need To Know About Batman V Superman

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Two comic-book giants go to war in Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice. We guide you through one of the year’s most ambitious blockbusters

Wait, Batman and Superman are fighting?

Metropolis is still recovering from the collateral damage caused by Superman’s (Henry Cavill) heroic exploits in 2013’s Man Of Steel, and Batman (Ben Affleck) isn’t happy with the alien superhero. “He’s angry, and he fears what Superman may do… if he does decide to turn against us,” Cavill explains. It doesn’t help that Supes’ old enemy, Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), is fanning the flames.

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Batman has changed his appearance, too…

Yes, he has a grizzled look and a grey-and-black costume influenced by Frank Miller’s classic comic The Dark Knight Returns. “I wanted a war-weary Batman bearing the scars of a seasoned crime-fighter,” says director Zack Snyder

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman: this Amazon delivers

Who are the other new characters?

Batman v Superman marks the big-screen debut of Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious), along with Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and, reportedly, The Flash (Ezra Miller). This is the start of the Justice League – DC Comics’ answer to Marvel’s The Avengers. 

Heroes united

The new characters in Batman v Superman

Wonder Woman
Also known as Diana Prince, this Amazon warrior princess is as strong as Superman, with indestructible bracelets and a weaponised tiara.

The Flash
Rumoured to be making a debut. Barry Allen to his mum, The Flash gained the power of super-speed after an encounter with some mystery chemicals.

This Atlantis-born superhero (aka Arthur Curry) can breathe underwater and control sea life using telepathy. 

So it’s the start of a new cinematic franchise?

Hence the ‘Dawn Of Justice’ in the title. All the new heroes will get their own spin-off, leading to a Justice League extravaganza. “It’s one giant story,” Snyder explains, “and the other movies will support the coming-together of the Justice League.”

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