face consequences as 'Batman v Superman' clash for
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[March 21, 2016]
By Piya Sinha-Roy
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -
Superheroes have long existed in a world of their own,
but as two iconic caped heroes battle in "Batman v
Superman: Dawn of Justice," both are brought crashing
down to reality as the ramifications of their actions
catch up with them.
"Batman v Superman," out in U.S. theaters on March 25, opens
with the climax of 2013's "Man of Steel," in which Superman's
battle with alien General Zod causes mass-scale destruction in
In the city's streets, Bruce Wayne, Batman's alter ego, sees his
company building crumble and blames Superman for the deaths of
civilians, which sets up the clash of superheroes.
"I'm a big advocate of the consequences of these movies,"
director Zack Snyder told Reuters. "Without the consequences,
they're slightly irresponsible in that it's unconditional
An older, wearier Batman (Ben Affleck) sets out to destroy
Superman (Henry Cavill), crossing paths with the psychotic
technology entrepreneur Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) and elusive
Diana Prince, the alter ego of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot).
Superman meanwhile battles a growing public discourse against
his actions, and a senator is determined to hold him
"There's always been that little tete-a-tete with Batman and
Superman and there has always been that question by fans - who
will win in a fight?" Cavill said.
Fear also permeates the superhero fight, Affleck said.
"The way that we get afraid, how we react, sometimes that turns
us into the worst version of ourselves ... there's no place to
go from there but to conflict," he said.
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Warring heroes will also feature in Walt Disney Co's "Captain
America: Civil War" in May, where Captain America and Iron Man face
off. It offers a new angle to the superhero ensemble films such as
Marvel's "Avengers," which have generated billions at the box office
in recent years.
Warner Bros' "Batman v Superman" sets the stage for 2017's "Wonder
Woman" and "The Justice League Part One."
Superhero stories sometimes hold a mirror to society, with
Superman's 1938 comic book debut often perceived as answering
America's need for a hero during the Great Depression.
Eisenberg said "Batman v Superman" could be seen as a reflection of
current American society, particularly with the Machiavellian Luthor,
whom he described as "a classic xenophobe" who instills public fear
against the alien Superman.
"I think if you look at some of the more nasty, political discourse
in at least our country today, you'd see shades of that," Eisenberg
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Matthew Lewis)
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