Heroes face consequences as 'Batman v Superman' clash for justice

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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Superheroes have long existed in a world of their own, but as two iconic caped heroes battle in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," both are brought crashing down to reality as the ramifications of their actions catch up with them.

"Batman v Superman," out in U.S. theaters on March 25, opens with the climax of 2013's "Man of Steel," in which Superman's battle with alien General Zod causes mass-scale destruction in Metropolis.

In the city's streets, Bruce Wayne, Batman's alter ego, sees his company building crumble and blames Superman for the deaths of civilians, which sets up the clash of superheroes.

"I'm a big advocate of the consequences of these movies," director Zack Snyder told Reuters. "Without the consequences, they're slightly irresponsible in that it's unconditional violence."

An older, wearier Batman (Ben Affleck) sets out to destroy Superman (Henry Cavill), crossing paths with the psychotic technology entrepreneur Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) and elusive Diana Prince, the alter ego of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot).

Superman meanwhile battles a growing public discourse against his actions, and a senator is determined to hold him accountable.

"There's always been that little tete-a-tete with Batman and Superman and there has always been that question by fans - who will win in a fight?" Cavill said.

Fear also permeates the superhero fight, Affleck said.   Continued...

Actors Henry Cavill (L), Ben Affleck (R) and Gal Gadot pose during a photocall to promote the movie "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" in Mexico City, Mexico, March 19, 2016. REUTERS/Henry Romero