This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Ben Affleck, left, and Henry Cavill in a scene from,
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Ben Affleck, left, and Henry Cavill in a scene from, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP) Clay Enos

Wonder Woman the silver lining in Batman v Superman

AFTER falling asleep because I was so bored by 2013's Man of Steel, I truly wasn't expecting much with the follow-up.

Set 18 months down the track after the destructive battle of Metropolis Batman v Superman centres on Superman (Henry Cavill) having an identity crisis, a revenge-driven Batman (Ben Affleck) and a power- hungry young Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) with a thirst for kryptonite.

Why is Batman driven by revenge? We are not entirely sure. We are also not entirely sure why Lex Luthor seeks the demise of Superman. What did he ever do to you, Lex?

It is no mean feat to follow up Christopher Nolan's epic Dark Knight trilogy with yet another reincarnation of Batman.

But I did not mind Affleck's darker Batman.

He is no Christian Bale, but neither is this Batman - who is based on the 1986 comic version in The Dark Knight Returns.

The film is disjointed and could have been shorter without the strange and misleading dream sequences, which were featured in the trailer.

The most exciting part for me was the appearance of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot). She remains mysterious throughout and is to receive her own film next year.

It's a more interesting follow-up to the Man of Steel, to which I found Cavill's Superman/Clark Kent about as interesting as a wet towel. And that's kind of what Superman is - a total killjoy.

Was he not Superman, Lois Lane (Amy Adams) would not have looked twice.

Adams struggles to inject life into Lois, with her character telling us things we already know and needing to be rescued all the time.

RATING: 5/10

Batman v Superman is out in cinemas now.