It's finally here, and boy is it making waves in the fan community. The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition arrived on Digital HD this week, and it's already being declared the definitive version of this superhero opus. Clocking in at over three hours, the opening sequence is just ten minutes on its own. MovieClips Extra has released these credits, which give us a slightly different take on Batman's origins before diving into the meat of this reconfigured thrill ride.
The first 10 minutes aren't too altered from what was shown in theaters. There is some new footage added back into this part of the theatrical release, but all-in-all, it doesn't add up to much. And the tone is consistent with what we've already seen play out on the big screen. The really huge changes don't come until further into the movie's storyline, which now has a lot of the irritating plot holes filled back in.
This extended preview still shows us Bruce Wayne as a young boy, and retells the often told story about what happen to young Bruce's parents. The footage opens on the Waynes' funeral, before cutting to Bruce speeding towards his destiny with a crumbling Wayne building. Here, we see the Man of Steel climax from a different perspective as Superman and Zod battle to the death. There are a few extra shots of destruction. There is also an extra moment or two with Jack inside Wayne Tower as Metropolis falls. We also get a few extra seconds of Ben Affleck's Bruce wandering through the dust and rubble of this tragedy.
Just looking at these first ten minutes, one may wonder what all the fuss is, as this version doesn't seem to be all that removed from what came before it. Cinematographer Larry Fong famously claimed that fans wouldn't be moved one way or the other when it comes to this extended cut of the movie, and if you hate the original, this won't change your mind. Though, he later recanted, saying this is the better movie. Since then, plenty of critics who got a chance to watch an advanced copy of the Ultimate Edition have also sung its praises.
In Batman V Superman, fearing the actions of Kal-El have been left unchecked, Bruce Wayne takes matters into his own hands. He challenges the man of steel to a fight, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman at each other's throats, literally, a new threat, Doomsday, is created by Lex Luthor. It's up to these two DC Comics heroes to set aside their differences along with Wonder Woman to stop Lex Luthor and Doomsday from destroying Metropolis. Check out the extended opening scene, and decided for yourself if the Ultimate Edition is worth your time. Some still stand by the fact that if you hated it in the first place, an extra thirty minutes probably isn't going to change your mind.