Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. Another installment to the DC Universe, and bringing together more characters in one film.
Read the full SAMDB Review of Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice here.
As far as rewatch value for the film goes, with so many small facts, tidbits of information, thrown at the viewer amidst all the action and effects on screen, subsequent viewings will no doubt reveal more each time.
While not a necessity, it would broaden a viewer’s insight to have watched Man of Steele before seeing Batman vs Superman. From there, one can move on to seeing Suicide Squad.
Batman VS Superman: Dawn of Justice is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa. Scene selections are available as an overlay menu on the main menu screens, as is the same with subtitles, audio, and bonus features.
Video is encoded at a high bitrate, with no visible artefacts on screen. Blacks are deep, colours are vibrant where scenes have not been coloured darker by the filmmakers. There is no colour bleed.
Audio is presented in a Dolby Atmos soundtrack, and encoded at a high bitrate. As one would expect, there is a fair amount of use for the surround channels. Dialogue is clear, and great use is made of this newer audio format to completely engulf the viewer in the film, further drawing them in to the story.
Navigation on the disc is easy to follow. Menu backgrounds are a mix of non-spoiler scenes from the main feature, cut in rapid succession.
There is a plethora of additional content on the disc. Some short, and others longer, creating a rather lengthy total of extras to watch, all with a great production value, and bringing a lot more value to the disc.
Uniting the World’s Finest: A look at the various films in the current DC Universe, Superman, Batman, and Suicide Squad. How this world is expanding, bringing together the various heroes and villains, and how the current films not only acknowledge the other films, but are all inter-connected, weaving one giant story.
An interesting overview of the world of the film, and how it fits into the grander scheme of stories, including some behind the scenes.
Gods and Men: A Meeting of Giants: Batman and Superman have been together in comic books hundreds of times, but this is their first time together in the medium of film.
While both Batman and Superman are on the side of justice, they each have their own, very different, approach. This featurette explores these opposites, with insight into each character’s world, and how those worlds fit together.
The Warrior, The Myth, The Wonder: Now seventy five years since she was first introduced, this featurette takes a look at where Wonder Woman began. Beginning in a time where woman were fighting for their rights, changing through the decades, and now with a soon to be released movie all of her own.
The most important message conveyed though, and echoed by Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad) is that Wonder Woman is a hero for all, not just for the girls.
Accelerating Design: The New Batmobile: The iconic car of Batman. Where the idea for the current incarnation started and the differences between it and those that came before, a look at the manufacturing process, and then on to a secret testing ground where we get to see the car perform and be tweaked. Finally a look at some of the ways in which the car was used in the film, and how those shots were put together.
Superman: Complexity & Truth: A look at some behind the scenes with Henry Cavill and his stunt double. The suit of Superman, and how some aspects of the fight scenes were created. A brief but insightful look at these.
Batman: Austerity & Rage: The new look of Batman. Fighting in the mech-suit and how the look of Batman has come full circle, returning to the original look that started when he first entered the world in comic books.
This featurette takes us behind the scenes of some of the fights that Batman is involved in, and a few of the techniques used to make those a reality.
Wonder Woman: Grace & Power: A brief look at Wonder Woman, and some of the training that Gal Gadot put in for the fight scenes. The featurette also looks at the evolution of Wonder Woman over the years, and how the age of the character played a role in the look of her costume.
Batcave: Legacy of The Lair: The secret lair of the Batman. A new look for the current incarnation. We are shown behind the scenes, how it was constructed, and how a few of the scenes and effects were created, for the film.
The Might and the Power of a Punch: A technical breakdown, with comparative statistics, of how Superman and Batman measure up in a fight, pitted against one another.
The Empire of Luthor: What is a superhero, without a super villain to fight. A look at Lex Luthor, and his modernisation. The choice of casting Jesse Eisenberg, and how the character of Lex was brought to life in this incarnation.
The featurette also touches on Lex’s role in the creation of Doomsday, the ultimate weapon that will face off against the heroes.
Save the Bats: An aspect that is becoming more and more common on film shoots, is for cast and crew to give a little something back, hope those (man or creature) that can not help themselves.
This featurette looks a what was done for bats by those on the shoot, who gave a little something back.