Going in, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had a lot to prove. It’s the sequel to what was a joyless disappointment of a movie in Man of Steel; it’s the first time Batman has appeared onscreen since Christopher Nolan’s mostly excellent Dark Knight trilogy; and it sets up a cinematic universe that Warner Brothers hopes will challenge Disney’s Marvel franchise, at least at the box office. The odds were definitely stacked against director Zack Snyder, but, ultimately, none of this really matters. What matters is if Batman v Superman is a good movie.
And a good movie it is not.