I've already given my opinion about Warner Bros.' newest DC film property, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, which you can read here. In short, I loved the movie, or at least really liked it. Is it a flawed film? Yes. But I think critics have gone a little overboard on the hate with this film and it is nowhere near as bad as what people are saying, at least in my opinion (which I'm entitled to).
With that being said, I have recognized more flaws in the film, even some that I didn't mention above in my opinion article. But, my current way of thinking is that many of the issues that I have with the film could possibly be remedied by the 3-hour, R-rated Ultimate Cut of the film.
We know the film's home release was rumored to come out on July 16, 2016 but Warner Bros. debunked the rumor. But could that number be close and could Warner Bros. have debunked that release date rumor because they plan to hold off and release the 3-hour, R-rated Ultimate Cut in theaters instead?
The rumor comes from Collider's very own Steven "Frosty" Weintraub when he tweeted out the following:
What is DCP?
If you don't know what "DCP" stands for, it is Digital Cinema Package. For further info on what DCP actually is, I've found the best answer from hbfilmworks.com:
Simply put, a DCP is the digital equivalent of a 35mm film print. It is what you give to a commercial theater so that they can screen your movie on a digital (also known as "D-Cinema") projector. Like a 35mm print, a DCP is a world-wide standard. If you walk into any D-Cinema theater, anywhere in the world, they can play your DCP without a problem.
The DCP itself is composed of several computer files containing video, audio and subtitles (if needed) along with instructions for how to play them. It can be delivered to a theater on a standard computer hard drive, either USB or “CRU”. A CRU is basically just a hard drive in metal carrier. Either way the actual movie is the same.
So, now that we know what DCP is and what its main purpose is, I think we can allow ourselves to get a little excited about the prospect of potentially seeing the Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice Ultimate Cut in theaters for multiple reasons.
One Month Before 'Suicide Squad'
Despite the fact that [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870) has already been released, this is still a big year for the DC Cinematic Universe (I prefer that to the DC Extended Universe) as we'll be seeing the villains in the forefront of their very own feature in August 5's release of Suicide Squad.
It's no secret that people are going to be excited to see this film, despite the less than average reviews for Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Many of the faults that people have with Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice have everything to do with director Zack Snyder, who although I thought did a great job on Man Of Steel and a good job on Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, I can admit that sometimes comes off as a little pretentious and you can feel that in his movies sometimes.
However, Suicide Squad will have its own director, David Ayer, who received non-stop critical acclaim for his WWII epic, Fury. So, when you have someone who has shown a great deal of promise from a recent success, then it is only natural to be excited for what they're bringing to the cinematic table.
So, with that excitement building towards Suicide Squad, a fair amount of people are going to want refresh themselves on the DC shared universe and will pay the money to see Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice in its extended entirety as a primer for Suicide Squad. Especially if Ben Affleck — who even negative reviewers of Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice praised — is going to cameo as Batman once more.
A Financial Boost
Despite the majority of negative reviews, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been performing well over Easter weekend, even despite the 55% drop of attendance when looking at the trend between Friday to Sunday. As of right now, boxofficemojo.com has the film listed at making a worldwide total of $420,007,347. With that number, and some optimistic opinions of a few other sites, it sounds like the film could blow through to success despite of the negativity surrounding the film.
With that in mind, we can assume that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will have been out of theaters for at least a month or two and there are still those of us who are eager for more repeat viewings of the film. If you then take that opportunity to re-release the movie in theaters with an extended cut, then you can bet your bottom dollar that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is going to rake in a hefty amount of extra cash, especially if released in the safe zone between Captain America: Civil War having been released for nearly two and half months already and Suicide Squad not being released until a month later.
At this point, it almost seems like a dumb idea not to take advantage of the opportunity to give Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice the additional boost in marketing.
Could it sway negative opinions?
Now, as I said in the beginning of this article, I loved the film but it did have more than its fair share of bumpy moments in the story-telling aspect. Do I feel that it warrants a score of 28% on rottentomatoes.com? No. But we also know that the film has had an additional 30 minutes of footage cut out of it so that it could warrant its PG-13 rating from the MPAA instead of an R-rating which it will receive in its Ultimate Cut.
With that much footage cut out of the film, you know that there are new characters that weren't even in the theatrical version of the film but more importantly, you know there are scenes within that version that would have ultimately helped answer some questions had they not been cut.
One such example is the new deleted scene that was released by Warner Bros. on their YouTube channel. Check it out below but first let me warn you that it is massive spoiler territory, so if you haven't seen the movie - go see it in IMAX - and you don't want anything ruined, then don't click on the video:
The scene above provides us with a look at what took place during Lex Luthor's capture at the end of the film. Although it still raises a lot of questions, it does help answer some more important ones for the sake of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's story like what happened to Luthor after the Doomsday event? How did Lex Luthor know about Darkseid's impending arrival?
If we get more scenes like this in the extended edition that add to the story's pacing in a positive way, then I can almost guarantee that some (not all) of the negative reviewers and disappointed audience members will have a change of heart towards the film. That, to me, is the most important but I do thoroughly look forward to seeing an extended edition for more clarity.
This is all rumor for now, but it's a rumor that could make a lot of sense as this wouldn't be the first time Warner Bros. had released extended editions of their films as they've done it before with Watchmen and The Hobbit Trilogy. Plus, I see no other reason why Zack Snyder would pay the large amount of money it costs, to convert the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Cut on DCP unless it really was to give the film an additional re-release in the way that the film probably should and maybe was intended to be seen.
So what do you guys think? Could the Ultimate Cut of 'Batman v Superman' be released in theaters? What would the benefits be or why would it not be such a great idea? Per usual, feel free to share your (strong) opinions in the comments section below, vote in the poll, and don't forget to follow me!
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List of sources: www.collider.com, www.hbfilmworks.com, www.twitter.com, www.youtube.com, www.boxofficemojo.com, www.rottentomatoes.com