Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition SPOILER-FILLED Review

Let's just say I wasn't the biggest fan of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. It had some really great parts (Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman), as well as some not so great parts (Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor). You can read my full review for the film here. So when news broke that an extended edition of the movie was going to be released, I was excited. I had a lot of problems with the editing of the theatrical cut, as it seemed the editor was trying to maneuver around different cut scenes. So with a longer version, I hoped that the mess of Batman v. Superman would be removed, and what could have been an awesome superhero movie would finally be realized. So I watched the Ultimate Edition with high expectations. In the end, this extended cut does prove to be an improvement over the theatrical cut; it's just not as radical of an improvement as I would have liked.

This review will be a bit different from my normal reviews. I'm not talking about the movie itself, but rather how the Ultimate Edition worked and felt. If you want to read my personal praises and vices with the film, click on the link for my review of the movie above. This is purely about how the Ultimate Edition played out. And I will be going into full spoilers for Batman v. Superman, so if you have not seen either cut yet, check it out before you read any further.

So this Ultimate Edition had thirty extra minutes of footage, which really is a lot. Thirty minutes can make a completely different film, when you think about it. And what I appreciated about this cut is that it didn't just include a bunch of deleted scenes, but rather the thirty minutes were dispersed throughout the film. A few extra seconds here, a couple more minutes there, a new scene here. That sort of thing. And it made for a more complete film. I mentioned earlier that the editing was a mess with the theatrical cut. It was very clear they were trying to edit around the cut scenes, and it made for a very jarring and confusing experience. With the Ultimate Edition, it's a lot more focused and clear. I still have problems with the movie, but at least the progression of the film is no longer muddled. It tells its story smoothly, which is a vast improvement.

The problem is this Ultimate Edition does nothing to rectify the other problems of the theatrical cut. Lex Luthor's plan is not explained any further, and is still very convoluted. The really dumb moments, such as the Martha scene or Granny's Peach Tea are still there and are still dumb. The Batman versus Superman fight is still disappointing. The inclusion of Doomsday, and the death of Superman, is still unnecessary. These elements of the movie that I had problems with aren't solved, nor better fleshed out. They still remain and stand out in the film. The extra thirty minutes really gives more screen time to Clark Kent, and allows for Henry Cavill to star more in a movie where he is technically the lead. It also gives Lois Lane (Amy Adams) more to do. But it does very little to solve any of the major problems walking away from the movie.

Remember when the news made the rounds that Jena Malone had been cut from the film, and everyone was wondering what the hell happened? Well, there's a very simple answer to that... she's on screen for a total of about five seconds. She's barely in the movie, and doesn't even do anything. She's a throwaway character. Barely even a cameo. So her role in the film is completely irrelevant, and is nothing to get your hopes up for. She would have been so much better as the Oracle, just saying. Also, I don't see why this cut of the film was rated R. Other than an added F-bomb (which you can get away with in a PG-13 movie) and a couple extra blood splatters, nothing made this R. This Ultimate Edition was hyped as being an R-rated cut of the film, which got me excited, but there was nothing extra in there to take it to that level. So that element of the new movie disappointed me. 

I also just wanted to say that there was no reason for this movie to be three hours anyways. It was nice to see the extra pieces of the puzzle Zack Snyder had to drop, and to see the complete story, but this movie should not have been that long to begin with. Snyder and his team should have found a way to tell a competent and concise story in two and a half hours, and they didn't. That's where the true problem lies, because this film begins to drag on as you feel the weight of the time, when it could have been revised to be shorter. I enjoyed watching this version of the movie so that I had the complete story, but this doesn't make the movie great. It just makes a decent film slightly better. And while I appreciated what it added the movie, I can't say it added a whole lot.

3.3/5 (original rating 3.0/5)

What do you think? Have you seen the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition? Did you like it? Did it change your mind on the movie at all? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

Written by: Nate 
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