Batman goes Inception with a dream within a dream
Dubbed the "Knightmare," the most baffling sequence in Batman v Superman is a potent dose of franchise salvia for the hardcore fans. To break it down: halfway through the movie, Batman appears on a cliff, looking over a crumbling, smoldering Metropolis. Comic-book geeks recognize this as the work of Darkseid, an alien being who will inevitably appear in a future Justice League movie. When Batman enters the city, a battalion of Superman-branded soldiers take him down, followed by a wave of insect gunmen. What the ever-loving hell...
The second dream, which Bruce Wayne awakens to directly, introduces us to the Flash, although, unless you know that the character's speedy abilities allow him to cut through the fabric of spacetime -- and dream reality, apparently -- you'd never recognize him. The Flash tells Bruce he was right: Superman is bad, and Lois Lane is the key to saving the world. Based on the end of the movie, this is all setup for the sequel. Does your head hurt more or less now?
America nukes Superman
The plot of this movie is so overstuffed, grand moments that would be climaxes in any other action film get lost amid all the growling and grimacing. At one point, the U.S. government fires a nuke at Superman in space -- after about one minute of consideration -- and it barely lands. Superman floats through space for a few minutes, shakes it off, then returns to battle. Batman v Superman is so big, nukes are forgettable.