Oh how wonderful it would be to have a second chance at getting things right. If we had that opportunity in “REAL” life then I would have certainly lived it differently. I might not have sold my Atari 2600, or thrown away my stash of Phantom comics, which I had painstakingly collected for 7 years. In Batman V Superman (B v S): Dawn of Justice: Ultimate Edition – “REEL” life gets a second chance and comes out kinda on top.
Now when we heard of B v S, and the first onscreen appearance of these two iconic superheroes, back in March 2016, all us comic book nerds were “jizzing” our pants in anticipation. Finally, we would get to see the “dream team” together in pure celluloid glory. However, when it came into cinemas, many of us were disappointed. Like a schizophrenic episode of Max Headroom, what we got was a choppy, poorly put together movie, without any real cohesive narrative.
Thankfully the Ultimate Edition seems to correct this.
18 months following the events in Man of Steel, the world is still recovering from the Kryptonian invasion led by General Zod. Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) is most affected, having lost one of his buildings, including the people inside, during the fight between Superman (Henry Cavill) and Zod (Michael Shannon). This sets him on a path to bring down Superman by any means necessary.
With Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) weaving his machinations in the shadows, and the enigmatic Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) searching for a lost treasure from her past, the ground is set for an exciting showdown between the Son of Krypton and the Bat of Gotham.
Similar to Michael Keatons career, second time around the block seems to have worked well for B v S. When the original theatrical release came out it clocked in at around 2.5 hours. The Ultimate Edition adds an extra 30 minutes to proceedings, which enhances the viewing experience considerably. Gone are the choppy edits or switches in narrative that reminds you of a fly having an epileptic seizure. Instead, Clark Kent/Superman is given more screen time with his story fleshed out more. The movie also, as a whole flows much smoother than whipped cream on a scone.
One wonders why they never put the Ultimate Edition into theatres. I believe it would have fared better both critically and possibly financially. Of course, studios need an edit in cinemas that will provide enough screenings per day to recoup finances. However, at what cost.
The Ultimate Edition is a far better and more satisfying watch than the theatrical release. It adds little scenes here and there that enhance the story overall. It will be the only one I will watch from now on.
For those who have seen the original theatrical release, or for those who haven’t, I would highly recommend purchasing the bluray or digital download of the Ultimate Edition. Forget what you saw in the cinemas. This is…….Ultimately…..the only version to watch (Agghhh….more bad puns).
I give this 3.5/5 chillies…….the right amount of spice.
P.S. – The Bluray comes jammed packed with extra features as well. You will also get some behind the scenes of both the upcoming Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman…
I give the Bluray extras 4/5 chillies…..extremely spicy.