After an extremely polarizing box office run in which people couldn’t agree on whether or not it could qualify as a box office success, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is about to open all new discussions with the impending arrival of the R-rated “Ultimate Edition” that’s a part of its home media release. It arrives on Digital HD June 28, a few weeks before the physical Blu-ray hits store shelves on July 19. Adding 30 minutes to the theatrical cut, this new version could potentially change people’s opinions about the final product.
As such, the timing couldn’t be better for the latest wave of Batman V Superman parodies. Robot Chicken has already gotten in at the fun, making jokes at the expense of the film’s dark tone. Now, a more good-natured spoof has made its way online, one that re-imagines the movie’s events in the form of an 8-bit video game. You can watch the short video above.
Released on the YouTube channel BitCine (who have tackled several major Hollywood films in the past), the clip is sure to be a hit amongst fans of Batman V Superman – and may even win over the hearts of a few cynics. Broken into eight stages, it covers just about every major set piece from the film. Beginning with the recreation of Man of Steel‘s Battle of Metropolis finale, the video takes viewers all the way to the showdown with Doomsday, where DC’s trinity unite and all contribute to defeating the villain.
One cool touch featured in the project is the music. Moviegoers will certainly recognize 8-bit versions of some themes, most notably in Superman’s rescue montage and Wonder Woman’s battle with Doomsday. Hans Zimmer (who is now retiring from superhero films) has done a great job composing cues for some of the most iconic comic book characters of all-time, and it’s a testament to the strength of his work that it’s included in this fun little video that very easily could have used a generic soundtrack for its purposes. The quality of the films themselves has inspired debates, but many are in agreement the musical scores are top notch.
BitCine is obviously presenting a condensed edition of Batman V Superman that makes no mention of certain characters (such as Lex Luthor), but it’s still an amusing look at what a Dawn of Justice game may have looked like if the film was released in the ’80s. There’s no denying some of these levels would be a thrill to play, including the car chase through Gotham City and, of course, the greatest gladiator math in the history of the world where Batman and Superman finally come to blows. Arguably the standout (as was the case in the actual film) is the Caped Crusader’s saving of Martha Kent, providing some memorable Dark Knight action.
All in all, this is a creative and humorous spin on one of 2016’s most talked about films that everyone should be able to enjoy. No matter how you felt about Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman, the 8-bit take is a harmless piece of entertainment that makes one wish it was an actual game that existed. Who knows? Maybe someone will use the short as inspiration to create a playable web game in the future.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice‘s “Ultimate Edition” will become available on Digital HD on June 28th, 2016 and Blu-ray on July 19th, 2016.
Suicide Squad will hit theaters on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020.