Not as bad as Bush v. Gore, but close. Director Zack Snyder, having revived the Superman franchise with Man of Steel (2013), tosses in the Caped Crusader (Ben Affleck), rehashes his origin story yet again (his parents being gunned down in Gotham, his mother’s pearls scattering), and sets him up as Superman’s antagonist. Affleck makes a pretty good Batman (he’s got great teeth), though his insight into the character consists mainly of having him hit the streets in a one-day stubble and a crabby mood. Jesse Eisenberg contributes arch line readings as Lex Luthor, and Jeremy Irons adds the requisite touch of fake class as Alfred the butler. This is being billed as the second installment in a DC Comics “extended universe” franchise, with two more sequels to follow and also spin-off features for Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and the Flash (all of whom appear here). When the DC Universe goes to war with the Marvel Universe, we’ll know the end times have arrived. With Amy Adams and Diane Lane.