1. It's utterly joyless
We expect a little darkness from Batman. But we assumed Superman would bring on the sunshine to balance things out. No such luck. Henry Cavill's Clark Kent is just as tortured, angst-ridden and gloomy as Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne. Where ‘The Avengers’ kept things light by peppering the action with sparky asides, ‘Batman v Superman’ features seemingly endless scenes in which the two heroes muse on heavy moral questions while staring gloomily at cityscapes, computer screens and newspaper reports of Very Bad Things happening. As a result, the script's fleeting attempts at gruff banter feels seriously flat and awkward.