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If you read my original review of ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’, you’ll know that while I overall enjoyed the film, its glaring problems were enough to take me out of the movie at times.
Even after a second viewing, the issues with pacing, story-swapping, and logic were still enough to leave me a bit disappointed in what the film could have been.
Without getting too much into the theatrical cut, I’m writing to discuss the blu-ray release of the “Ultimate Edition”, featuring a rated-R rating and 30 minutes of deleted scenes added into the film. While the added footage didn’t reveal anything too shocking (though the Steppenwolf scene added a lot). While the new individual scenes themselves aren’t anything special, they add depth to a film that had theatrically failed to tie story lines together in a logical way.
These new scenes make the film, now sporting a 3-hour run time, flow much more smoothly and fills in a lot of “plot holes” from the original cut. It was great seeing Bruce Wayne/Batman be more of a detective in investigating both Clark/Superman and Lex Luthor.
We also got to see much more of Clark and his personal relationships. Adding scenes to gain a sense of depth for Clark’s character made him much more relate-able. Building more background on all of the characters made them more believable this time around, and I even liked Lex Luthor much more in this version.
I still believe that the other Justice League characters in Aquaman and Cyborg could have played more of a role in the film. The first half of the movie is still a bit slow, and in adding the other Justice League characters in, the film could’ve created much more buzz for the upcoming slate of films over at Warner Bros/DC.
If you didn’t enjoy the original cut but really wanted to, do yourself a favor and check this version out. You just may enjoy it a bit more than you liked the first cut.
My rating: 8 out of 10