Warner Bros. Pictures and DC will soon release an “Ultimate Edition” version of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice for home viewing. The “Ultimate Edition” version of director Zack Snyder’s superhero blockbuster – the second installment in the DC Extended Universe after Man of Steel – aims to address a number of complaints surrounding the theatrical version (and possibly stir some up in the process) by featuring a different cut of the film – one that is Rated R and is 30 minutes longer than its theatrical one.
A trailer has now been released for the Batman V Superman “Ultimate Edition” release and it includes more than its fair share of footage that wasn’t included in the theatrical cut. That includes additional scenes dealing with the aftermath of Superman’s (Henry Cavill) actions in North Africa, people from around the world debating the Man of Steel’s moral code, and a brief glimpse at the character played by Snyder’s Sucker Punch costar, Jena Malone, in the film. Official details regarding the Blu-ray are available now too.
You can watch said trailer (a Collider exclusive), above. Below, we have the rundown of Batman V Superman “Ultimate Edition” Blu-ray features:
- 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
- Save the Bats
The Batman V Superman Blu-rays will also include a Dolby Atmos remixed soundtrack designed for a variety of home theater environments. You can check out the Blu-ray cover, below.
The R-Rated extended cut of Batman V Superman – which received its rating because “There’s a little bit of violence. It just tips the scale,” according to Snyder – has the potential to not only strengthen some of the shakier story beats in the theatrical version (filling in some “plot holes” along the way), but also create a more thematically rich and cohesive version of Snyder’s big screen take on the initial conflict between the Son of Krypton and the Caped Crusader (Ben Affleck). Snyder’s extended cut of his Watchmen comic book movie adaptation is generally regarded to be superior to the version that was released in theaters, so there’s fair reason to think that Batman V Superman‘s “Ultimate Edition” will follow suit and result in a film where the various puzzle pieces better fit together – not to mention, make the whole thing feels less “overstuffed”, as Batman V Superman costar Jeremy Irons (who plays Alfred Pennyworth) has put it.
Of course, for the people who felt that Batman V Superman‘s theatrical cut was better than others (both film critics and general moviegoers alike) gave it credit for, the “Ultimate Edition” should just offer more of what they enjoyed – and admired – about the original version in the first place. So, all things considered, this stands to be a win-win situation for people on both sides of the Batman V Superman divide.
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.