Well, believe it or not, reviews are starting to come in for ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice – Ultimate Edition,’ and things are finally looking up for the DCEU. The majority of early critics are claiming that this is THE definitive version of the film and atones for most of the problems of the original cut.
How you might ask?
The prevailing opinion is that the film is much better edited, which makes sense considering the stilted and rushed nature of the original cut. Along with added scenes that clarify storylines, give more time for each character’s development, and make a lot of character motivations clearer (including all of Lex Luthor’s storyline, who apparently seems much smarter and more menacing in the ‘Ultimate Edition’).
You can check out the first 10 minutes of ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice – Ultimate Edition’ below, and even in these short ten minutes you can see a lot of thought and work went into this new version. While what actually happens remains the same, the editing is tighter, some narration is added to the beginning, and overall everything just seems to flow better, which is what many critics are saying about the new version in general. Despite the extra 30 minutes of footage, the whole things flows better and does not feel quite as long and boring. Of course, for those who thought the whole “Martha” reveal was dumb, or hated watching Lois Lane mess around with the Kryptonite spear (myself included), those aspects are not going to be any different in this cut, so the Ultimate Edition does not totally fix everything wrong with the movie. But apparently it fixes enough to earn Zach Snyder at least some credit for the film, though the real question now is what the hell happened the first time around that produced the theatrical cut of the film that was so despised by fans and critics.
What are your thoughts after seeing the first ten minutes? Would you be willing to give this cut a chance now? Share your opinions in the comments below!
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