When Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice arrived to theaters this past March, the reaction from critics and fans weren't the greatest, and with the release of the Ultimate Edition, everyone's wondering if it redeems what went wrong with the theatrical cut. Now I'm here to tell you guys what exactly Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition fixes with an extra 30 minutes of scenes, and yes, there will be spoilers. So without further ado, let's check it out!
Now the oddest part of the theatrical cut of the movie were the scenes that took place in Africa. For starters, the Ultimate Edition clearly show that the photographer is in fact Jimmy Olsen, so take that as either good or bad. But, the Ultimate Edition does add more context, more action, and more explanations to this Africa sequence. It shows off why this situation was so intense, it also reveals more to what Lex Luthor's plan is, and it also gives more context for when we get to the Senate hearing and why everyone thinks Superman is to blame for this situation.
Clark Kent and Superman
You see a lot more of Clark Kent finding out about the Batman so you can really see the reason why Superman doesn't like Batman now! Also, you get a lot more of Superman after the Senate hearing and how he actually stays and helps people after the explosion. Then, it gives context to, what I thought was the worst scene in the movie, the scene where Clark talks to his father. In the theatrical cuts, it sort of comes out of nowhere, but here it the scene comes in naturally. Overall, the theatrical cuts felt like a more Batman oriented movie, but thanks to the Ultimate Edition, it definitely feels more like a Superman oriented movie with Batman as a prominent character.
Lois Lane and the Bullet
Like the Africa sequence in the theatrical cut, this subplot felt out of place. But in the Ultimate Edition, Lois Lane gets to use more of her reporter skills to investigate the bullet and further reveal Lex Luthor's plan, and it makes sense! These scenes also give insight into why Superman couldn't see the bomb inside Wallace Keefe's wheelchair before it exploded.
Lex Luthor's Plan
In the theatrical cut, Luthor's plan seemed a bit more messy, but in this version it all makes sense, you can truly see exactly how he gets Superman to fight Batman and vise-versa thanks to more of the Africa sequence, the bullet scenes, and everything around the Senate hearing for Superman. There's also more stuff with KGBeast which is cool. Also, in the theatrical cut, it felt like that everyone hated Superman, but then at the end they all love him, which was very disjointed, but thanks to this version, it explains that all the people who hated Superman were connected to Lex, so it really didn't seem like a Superman vs the world movie anymore. So I was a fan of Lex's character before this because I liked how creepy he was, but now this cut makes him really seem like a mastermind!
The Death of Superman
Now my biggest complaint I had with this was the death of Superman. Now this movie did nothing to change it, he still dies, but they did add some great stuff during his funerals which helped show how much Superman meant to the world. But after hearing all the news from Justice League, I actually forgive them from killing off Superman because of what they'll do to the character.
Ties to Future Movies
Now this one's very minor, but the Ultimate Edition does add some great stuff that ties to future movies. First off, there's of course the scene with Steppenwolf and the three Mother Boxes that teases what's to come in next year's Justice League. There's also a little Suicide Squad reference where Batman tells Lex Luthor that he's being transferred to Arkham Asylum and tells him that "I still have some friends there. They're expecting you." Could this be a reference to Batman's rogues like the Joker? Guess we'll have to find out if we'll see Arkham Asylum and if Lex Luthor makes a cameo in Suicide Squad in August!
Alright that's all I've got. Make sure to leave your thought on the Ultimate Edition down in the comments and how your opinion has changed! If you haven't checked out the Ultimate Edition yet, you should! This film went from a movie that I just simply liked to one that I absolutely love after watching this cut!