Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice has been a controversial film since before it was released. Everything from Ben Affleck being cast as Batman, to the inclusion of Wonder Woman and even a battle with Doomsday caused comic book fans to debate the merits of the film.
Now you can get the Ultimate Edition of Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice for $19.99 in iTunes. The Ultimate Edition includes 30 minutes of additional footage, along with more than 2 hours of extras.
Fans of the film will certainly want to check out this version of it. I’ve often found that the “Director’s Cut” or “Ultimate Edition" version of movies are much better than the theatrical release versions.
The problem, of course, is that theatrical releases simply cannot go on too long. At a certain point the filmmakers have to start chopping things out to get the film to the point where it can be comfortably viewed in a theater.
But watching movies at home is a very different story. Who cares if the film runs nearly four hours? You can always pause it, get up and use the bathroom, make some food or just take a short break before resuming your viewing of the film.
Troy is a good example of a movie that sort of stunk in its theatrical release version but was pretty good in its longer “Director’s Cut” version. Things that didn’t make much sense in the theatrical release suddenly were understandable because more story was added in the longer version.
So far the critical buzz about Superman vs. Batman: Dawn of Justice (Ultimate Edition) seems quite good, as you can tell from this review of the longer version from Collider:
While I understand why WB wouldn’t want to release a three hour R-rated superhero movie (especially one designed to sell toys and t-shirts to kids) the version they put in theaters had so many story/script problems that even the most die-hard DC fans were left scratching their heads after the film ended wondering why certain decisions were made by the main characters.
But after watching the ultimate edition last night, I can honestly say the three hour cut of Batman vs. Superman is such an improvement that I strongly suggest giving the film another chance. Not only does the North Africa sequence at the beginning of the film now make sense, you get to see Clark Kent be an investigative reporter, understand how Lex was pulling the strings to frame Superman, how Lex was behind the killings when Batman branded someone, and so much more.
Besides the big scenes, which explain a lot, the ultimate edition is loaded with smaller moments tacked on to existing scenes. Have you wondered why Superman wasn’t able to see the bomb during the Senate hearings? That’s explained. After the bomb goes off, you see Superman helping the injured while people clearly don’t want him there. Remember when Clark leaves Metropolis to go into the mountains and talks with his father? That sequence has a new beginning.
There’s more with Wonder Woman. Longer fight sequences between our heroes. So many scenes have added moments it’s literally impossible to summarize them all here. But that’s what happens when you cut thirty minutes out of a three hour film. That’s one sixth of what Snyder wanted to release.
So if you’re a fan of Superman or Batman, and were disappointed by the theatrical release, you should definitely check out Superman vs. Batman: Dawn of Justice (Ultimate Edition). It seems to be the version of the film that fans have always wanted.
I'll leave you with this spoiler-laden video review of Superman vs. Batman: Dawn of Justice (Ultimate Edition):
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