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Warner Bros. Pictures have today published the first official plot synopsis for their impending superhero crossover blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Better known to some diehard fans as the second instalment in DC Entertainment's counterpart to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Dawn of Justice picks up where Man of Steel left off in the Summer of 2013, depicting a monumental clash of the titans as the titular Dark Knight (now played by Gone Girl's Ben Affleck after Christian Bale's departure in The Dark Knight Rises) faces off against the Kryptonian protagonist (once again portrayed by Immortals' Henry Cavill) in the wake of the destruction caused by the latter hero's grudge-match with General Zod in Metropolis.
One would justifiably hope that the motivation behind this battle of pure brawn would be something more substantial than a Loki-esque manipulation conceived by these two behemoths' foes and sure enough, helmer Zack Snyder has come up with a meaty dilemma with which to power the unquenchable fury of both Affleck's allegedly wizened detective and Cavill's saviour-in-training. What's more, if hints of "a new threat" which could have far more dangerous implications for Metropolis and Gotham alike are anything to go by, then the confrontation which gives the piece its name could be little more than a set-up for a far greater war of the worlds (of DC).
Here's the full synopsis as promised: "Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City's own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis' most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it's ever known before." Given the foreboding tone of April's concise teaser trail, it's little wonder that we'll find the world contemplating its desired protector(s) come Dawn of Justice's opening sequence, but if nothing else, at least Metropolis appears to still be on its supposed "savior"'s side from the outset; now all that remains is for the remainder of DC's incarnation of the planet Earth to follow suit (or not, as the case may well be!).
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice brings Cavill, Affleck, Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Ray Fisher (Cyborg), Jessie Eisenberg (Lex Luthor), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White) and a plethora of other big-screen A-listers together for a comic-book adaptation quite unlike any other on March 25th, 2016.