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'Batman v Superman,' with Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, is a gritty superhero showdown

'Batman v Superman,' with Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, is a gritty superhero showdown

Batman vs. Superman? The greatest gladiatorial match in the history of the world? There must be some mistake.

Aren't these two men friends and colleagues, fellow fighters for truth, justice and the American way? Don't they share a deep and intuitive understanding that, to borrow a line from another determined crusader, the weed of crime bears evil fruit?

Not exactly.

It turns out that that sunny vision of superhero camaraderie is a product of an earlier, more innocent era, a time before the brooding darkness that engulfs and energizes "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."

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