Yesterday, Warner Bros.' debuted the new Ultimate Edition trailer for Batman v Superman, which will feature over 30 minutes of footage that wasn't included in the theatrical cut. The trailer gave us a glimpse at some of this new footage, including our first look at Jena Malone's mysterious character, who was ultimately cut from the movie before it hit theaters. While the movie still fared well at the box office ($871.8 million worldwide), it was trashed by critics (27% on Rotten Tomatoes). Some have wondered if the new footage in this extended, R-rated cut will be enough to change their opinion of the movie, but that may not be the case.
Shortly after the Ultimate Edition trailer debuted, Dawn of Justice cinematographer Larry Fong sent out an interesting message on Twitter, hinting that the extra footage in this new edition won't be enough to change your mind about the film. He clarified in another tweet that he essentially meant that "haters gonna hate" with his statement. Check out what he had to say below.
"Those of you who are fans, will dig it. If you hated it, you'll still hate it."
The trailer features extended footage from the North Africa sequence, along with a deleted scene showing a new character scratching a Batman symbol into a lottery ticket, which he flaunts at Clark Kent. There is also footage from a TV interview Clark Kent is watching, which is different from the theatrical cut, along with scenes of a few Russian characters, one of whom smiles when Superman takes down a missile. We don't know how these scenes will impact the movie as a whole, but we do know that this Ultimate Edition will be available early on Digital HD June 28, before debuting on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and Ultra HD Blu-ray July 19.
The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and Standard Definition 2-Disc DVD will contain a ton of special features, including Uniting the World's Finest, Gods and Men: A Meeting of Giants, The Warrior, The Myth, The Wonder, Accelerating Design: The New Batmobile, Superman: Complexity & Truth, Batman: Austerity & Rage, Wonder Woman: Grace & Power, Batcave: Legacy of the Lair, The Might and the Power of a Punch, The Empire of Luthor and Save the Bats. It's worth noting that, earlier this month, a Swedish retailer revealed some of the bonus features that will be included, but, while some of them are the same, many of them appear to now be different, or at least they have new titles.
The official runtime for the Ultimate Edition is 182 minutes, with an R rating for sequences of violence. Zack Snyder teased last month that he is putting back scenes that he was forced to cut so the film would get a PG-13 rating. He also revealed that there is no nudity, just more violence that "tipped the scales" from an R rating to a PG-13. There have been rumors that Warner Bros. may release this R-rated extended edition in theaters, but that has yet to be confirmed. Take a look at Larry Fong's tweets below, and stay tuned for more on the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition.