Changing my mind: A quick review of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition

Adel Gabot

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Ok, ok, I’m not really changing my mind: I still dislike Zack Snyder’s superhero epic, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

But I’ll say this—I dislike it a whole lot less now, with the release of the Ultimate Edition. In fact, I might even say I tolerate it now, and kinda sorta admire it a bit.

Just a bit.

The extended version puts back a lot of material Snyder decided to cut in the theatrical version, so as to keep the movie at a palatable length. As it is now, the movie has an additional 30 minutes restored or added, putting it at a staggering 3 hours and 2 mins long.

The original cut had cut a lot of the scenes a bit short in the interest of time, and consequently shortchanged character arcs and plot developments, and introduced seemingly glaring plot holes, particularly if you weren’t very familiar with the superheroes’ histories.

The Ultimate Edition takes the time to fill out these arcs and plot developments, and adds a bit more material to make the movie a largely better film. And also, a bit more bloody action for those of us looking for it. And a bit of skin. And some swearing.

Although a lot of stuff that was restored is, frankly, largely unnecessary. The film remains basically the same thing you saw in the theaters, only with way more exposition, a bit more character development and more R-rated material. As such, the movie makes better sense now, and is more suited to an adult audience (that is, if an adult audience can actiully sit through it).

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My main reason for catching the Ultimate Edition is to see the Jena Malone part that was left on the cutting room floor. Rumors put it that she was either Batgirl or Robin or some other major role like that, but it turns out it was just a cameo, essentially. Malone played a lab tech named Jenet Klyburn who examines Lois Lane’s magic bullet and discovers it was made by Lexcorp, and appears in just two short scenes. So much for internet hype.

The new version, among other things, shows us how long Lex Luthor has been patiently manipulating the main characters, and gives us an idea of how intricate and thought-through his plan was. That’s one wily bugger.

There are also quick, additional tweaks to some of the characters, like some nice, friendly banter between Batman and Martha Kent (“I’m a friend of your son.” “I figured.”) , more screen time for Alfred and extended scenes between Lois Lane and Perry White. Also, there is a nice extended bathtub romance scene between Clark Kent and Lois that had them show a bit more skin.

I just find it a bit curious that Harry Dean Morgan, who plays Thomas Wayne, remains uncredited in this version too. Also curious (in both versions) is the fact that Jimmy Olsen is a CIA operative now, but gets a bullet in the head early on in the film. Great way to treat a beloved supporting character. So much for that storyline.

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I still feel, like I did with the original version, that Snyder tries to cram in too much material in the movie, especially so now with the extended version. For instance, having Luthor cook up an alien baddie for Bats and Supie (and Wonder Woman) to deal with together after their little spat seems a bit much and feels like it should be in another movie entirely.

But that’s just me, folks.

However you felt about the theatrical version and the DC Cinematic Universe, this new ultimate version on Bluray and DVD is certainly a much better movie than the first one, even if it is a little bit long.

7 out of 10 stars.


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