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'Batman v Superman': EW's complete coverage of the DC showdown

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DC Comics; Clay Enos

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters this weekend, and with critics are already hitting back, moviegoers are preparing to take their own swing in the brawl that has erupted.

As these fans and detractors take up sides over director Zack Snyder’s slugfest between the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight, here’s a look back at Entertainment Weekly’s recent coverage of the film.

How Batman v Superman maps out DC’s future movie universe

Clay Enos

This new film lays the groundwork for Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg — as well as next year’s Justice League film. But what about about Green Lantern? You may have to wait a while for his comeback…

Details of the R-rated ‘Ultimate Edition’ coming to Blu-ray

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The Motion Picture Association of America announced that the PG-13 Batman v Superman will have an R-rating when its extended “Ultimate Edition” is released this summer on home video. Here’s what to expect from the new, more intense version — including which actors cut from the theatrical release will appear in the director’s  cut.

Henry Cavill Q&A: Superman is ‘a complete amateur’

Clay Enos

Henry Cavill literally describes his Superman as the new guy on the job, one who knows he messed up while trying to save the world the last time around. Now the character has invoked the ire of this bizarre man in a bat costume from neighboring Gotham City. Here are Cavill’s thoughts on the threat Kal-El is facing and how he’s learning on the job…

Ben Affleck Q&A: Bruce Wayne hates Superman, but is ‘inspired’ by Wonder Woman

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Batman isn’t the loquacious type. And for the longest time, Ben Affleck stayed silent about playing him, too. Now Affleck is dispelling the smoke bomb and finally opening up about his gray-haired, world-weary Batman who will face down Henry Cavill’s Superman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman.

This Week’s EW Cover: Behind the brawl of Dawn of Justice

Entertainment Weekly crashes through the wall around Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for a look at an onscreen battle decades in the making.

Chris Nashawaty’s official EW review

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EW’s critic says: “Is it too late to ask for a rematch?”