Written By: Traves Bezenar
We here at Midnight Drive-Thru have spent a lot of time talking about and writing about ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’. Some of us really liked it (cough AJ cough) but most of us did not. Both Chase and I reviewed the theatrical version of the film and neither of us cared for it very much, but with the release of the Ultimate Edition, I feel we have to give it a second chance since this is considered the “true” and “definitive” cut of the movie. The ultimate edition of ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ still hasn’t found its way onto blu-ray shelves yet but it is available to stream on services like Xbox Live if you want to watch it.
The big question that comes along with the release of this extended cut is whether or not it makes a difference in the overall quality of the film. The short answer to that question is no. The long answer is a bit more complicated. While the extended and added scenes help flesh out some of the character’s motivations they don't fill in any of the glaring plot holes or help answer any of the unanswered questions that non-fans of the comics would have had. Let’s be honest here, a forty year old woman walking in off the street with her two kids isn't going to know what Darkseid’s insignia is let alone what a parademon is. As far as I’m concerned, and I’m sure someone reading this will disagree, the ultimate edition adds nothing of substance to the story outside of an addition 30 minute run-time.
There were however a few benefits to rewatching ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’. Firstly, I found Jesse Eisenberg’s version of Lex Luther much more tolerable this time around, I dare say I even liked it. You can chalk that up to me knowing what to expect going in or attribute it to a change of heart, honestly I’m not sure which it is myself. Secondly, I also payed a lot more attention to Henry Cavill’s portrayal of Superman at the behest of fellow MNDT host AJ and Josh, and while I still think he under performed in the role, it was better than I originally gave him credit for. The last thing I noticed this time around that I may have looked over in my original review of the film is how good the supporting cast was. The senators, government agents, and other characters that only had a short amount of screen time but helped drive the plot forward were all really good in their roles.
Would I recommend the ultimate edition of ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ to everyone? Again the answer is no. If you really didn’t like the theatrical cut of ‘BVS’ than you’re not going to like this version any better, you’ll just be bored for an additional 30 minutes. However, if you liked the original than I would recommend spending the money for the ultimate edition because you do get a better understanding of why Batman and Superman are at each other’s throats, and how Lex orchestrated the whole thing. That said I’m keeping my overall grade the same.