Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice – Theatrical v Ultimate edition
By Brendan Wand
Today I’m going to compare the theatrical version of DC’s title match movie versus the ultimate edition and give a brief look into my personal review of both. After which, we’ll decide if this 3 hour film is worthy of the title “ultimate”.
The theatrical version of Batman v Superman debuted on March 20th 2016 to pretty bad reviews from fans and critics alike. The two and a half hour film pits an older and more seasoned Batman against new on the scene Superman. For the first hour or so, the story flips back and forth between a lot of characters and tries to build a reasonable plot line for the two superheroes to go at it. They throw threats at each other while the plot builds until, finally, the two face off in the back half of the film. Of course, before either can finish the other off they realize in one of the goofiest ways possible that Lex Luthor is behind the whole thing.
The two then team up with Wonder Woman to save the day. Okay, my biggest issues with the film are as follows; Jesse Eisenberg’s portrayal of Lex, Batman not caring about murdering people (I literally cringe every time he kills someone), and the plot is slow and at times is very lacking. Though, I think all of these things can be fixed in future DCEU films. So, my overall opinion after watching it in theaters was that it was an okay movie that left me with some gripes.
The ultimate edition is the uncut version of the film that Zack Snyder intended to be seen. Time constraints and the need to keep the film at a PG-13 rating led to many things being trimmed from the final product. The ultimate edition runs a whopping three hours and two minutes, which is one of the most obvious reasons that the movie was cut (so as to not turn away the average moviegoer).
What this extra thirty minutes of footage does is make for a more concise and sensible story. It makes Lex seem less like a deranged weirdo and more like a psychotic mastermind. You get much more insight into his plan and how he was actually the puppeteer that controlled much of the outcome of the film, much of which was lost in the theatrical version. Not only that, but you see just why everyone is so willing to believe that Superman is a threat. Many of the reasons that people are angry with Superman were glazed over in the theatrical version whereas the ultimate edition shows us exactly why people were upset with the “big blue boyscout”. All in all, the extra footage just makes for a better film.
So here’s the verdict; Batman v Superman Ultimate edition was overall a better film and is a must watch for those who plan on following the DCEU. With that being said, it doesn’t really change the overall theme or tone of the film. So, if you disliked the film for those reasons, this won’t change that for you. It did, however, make me a little more hopeful for future DC movies. So if you at least enjoyed the film, even a little, or you still haven’t seen it, I would highly recommend you watch the ultimate edition.
I’ll see you back soon with more DC movie news. Until next time, stay nerdy my friends.
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