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When Batman v Superman hit theaters, I was there for the Thursday night premiere. This was my most anticipated movie of the year, and I wasn’t going to sleep on it. I wanted to see the movie for myself, before the inevitable hipster-hate train rolled through town as the weekend progressed. Since I already wrote a review at that time that was almost four thousand words long, I’ll try to spare you any long rants that may remain dormant, and focus on this release of the movie. Even in its theatrical form, I loved Batman v Superman. Did it have a few issues at the time? Sure, but nothing deal-breaking. Was Jesse Eisenberg a little hard to take as Luthor at first? Absolutely, but the meat and potatoes of the movie was so solid, that none of that matter. Shortly after the theatrical debut it was announced that there would be a three-hour-long, R-rated director’s cut of the movie, and while most people looking for an excuse to complain or just be negative in general were spouting off about how the studio was just exploiting the recent success of Deadpool, myself and those of us who have watched all of Zack Snyder’s previous Director’s Cut knew exactly what was in store for us. Snyder’s cut’s are always superior to the theatrical release of a film. Even with a film as middling as Sucker Punch, his cut of the film which was released on home video was superior in every way. So while the internet was complaining, and suggesting that a little CGI blood would be the only difference between the two cuts, I began preparing myself to see the real version of this movie that we were always meant to see.
Now that I’ve had the chance to both revisit the Theatrical Cut, and watch the “Ultimate Edition” several times, it’s mind-boggling to me, the things that were left on the cutting room floor. This wasn’t an “extended scenes” kind of thing, though there was plenty of that as well. No, this was bordering on a different movie almost. Character motivations and developed, entire side plots, things that explain almost every “plot hole” that the internet collectively decided were a thing were explained, and well. One of the most consistent complaints was that Lex’s plan didn’t make sense. And while I certainly didn’t share that opinion, his plan is even more fleshed out and satisfying. People complained that Superman was sort of a dick after the explosion at the State Building, just taking off while mangled bodies litter the grounds, and even that was addressed with a healthy chunk of Superman outside the courthouse after the explosion, helping those in need. In fact, there’s quite a bit of Superman’s good deeds act added to the Ultimate Cut. People can say what they want about Snyder’s Superman, but as a long time DC Comics devotee, I find him to be the most Superman’iest of all of his film adaptations. Sure, if your knowledge of the character is limited to the ’78 movie and its sequels, I could see it being a shock to you that the character and his story are dark and brooding, but that’s what I like about the comics, and why I prefer DC over Marvel in the first place.
Another major complaint is that Batman v Superman just didn’t make with the chuckles like Civil War did, and I’m sorry to report that if you’re in that camp, this director’s cut will do nothing to rectify that situation. This isn’t a Marvel movie. There is nothing about the post-Frank Miller DC Comics universe that lends itself to non-stop *winkwink* *nudgenudge* moments that are becoming excessive, and even more so with Civil War. I understand that humor is used to break the tension, but there are appropriate times for jokes, a rule that Civil War broke many times, and there are inappropriate times for humor. The entire 3 hour running time of Batman v Superman should be considered inappropriate for joking, even if they did manage to work a few minor bits of humor into the movie. What the Ultimate Edition does do, is make an already awesome DC Comics movie, even better. It takes more time to introduce us to the characters, explain to us their motivations, and restores overlapping side stories and characters which are essential to the plot. If you thought Batman v Superman was clumsy in theaters, give Snyder’s cut a chance. This is the movie we were supposed to see in theaters, and it’s a damn shame that it wasn’t. In addition to the restored content, there is also a hefty collection of bonus features on this disc as well. You get both the theatrical, and the ultimate cut, an Ultraviolet copy of the movie, and over two hours of extras. Several featurettes and behind-the-scenes documentaries round out what I perceive to be one of the most important home video releases of 2016.