No movie this year has been more divisive than Batman v Superman
. Warner Brothers' second foray into universe building was met with popular and critical anger.
Hopes were high when The Ultimate Edition
was announced. The Ultimate Edition
promised an additional 30 minutes of footage that would even out some of the narrative bumps and make the movie better.
More or less.
The Ultimate Edition
carries an R rating and adds 30 additional minutes of footage not seen in theaters. This footage ups the violence and fleshes out the movie's Lex Luthor. I'm not sure the extra violence was needed, but giving more depth to Jesse Eisenberg's Luthor was needed. While I'm still not sold on Eisenberg's twitchy take on Lex Luthor, his motivations are clearer and he's positioned to be a continued threat in the ongoing DCEU.
We can't talk about additional footage without mentioning the Steppenwolf footage. Why this was left out of the cinematic release of BvS is a mystery to me. Tying Luthor to Darkseid makes sense and not tying these pieces together was a missed opportunity.
Yes, it took me a while to sit down and watch the movie. Three hours is a pretty major time commitment, especially when you've got to factor in a pair of tweenaged boys who were chomping at the bit to watch the movie. Over pizza, we watched the movie. While I'm still a bit skeptical, the boys were thrilled. They asked questions and dissected the new footage. Maybe us middle-aged geeks aren't the target audience for this movie after all. Maybe, just maybe, the powers that be know what they're doing after all. If they capture the youth market with the DCEU, then they're doing what they need to do for the long term health of the DCEU.
Overall, if you're a fan of Batman, Superman or DC, The Ultimate Edition
is worth a look.
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