Before we get into a review of 76044 Clash of the Heroes, the $12.99 set for Batman vs. Superman… I need to be honest: I am not at all excited about this movie. It’s not Affleck hate… I actually like him as an actor and think he can do a decent job with the character. It’s not that I didn’t like the Man of Steel sets (I didn’t), or didn’t like the movie (it was okay). The comic of the same name is actually pretty awesome, so it would be cool if it hit the big screen.
Sadly, the first trailer dashed any of those hopes. That trailer is the whole reason I’m at best indifferent, and at most, aggravated, by the movie. They could have stuck to the whole two heroes fighting angle and then had the biggest surprise in a superhero movie to date, but had to wrap up the trailer and spoil the whole bloody thing. I know, I just recently ranted about spoilers, but I also said there were times where it was valid. Unless they’re pulling the ultimate fake out and they actually cast Jesse Eisenberg as Mister Mxyzptlk… they gave away absolutely everything of consequence in that trailer. More than that, they basically took the over-the-top violence of Man of Steel, which was the biggest criticism, made it a central plot-point for the conflict while turning it up to 11.
First impressions are pretty important in a set… and let’s just say that the 92 parts in this set, followed by the two DC minifigs that I know are the central characters in the movie but are seemingly in every single set that gets made. It’s inexpensive, but there are a whole lot of sets in the same price range that deliver a lot of value that’s not apparent right away here. I’d warn about spoilers, but given that the movie isn’t out yet and the trailer already spoiled everything… what’s the point?