Having barely been in theaters for twenty-four hours at the time of writing this, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice has arrived with a tremendous impact. What exactly that impact is, however, depends entirely on who you ask. As a box-office contender, the movie has already been earmarked for a $350 million worldwide haul and has scored the 7th best preview opening in history with $27.7million in Thursday evening grosses.
From a critical perspective, things tend to get a little murkier. While positive word spread fast after the movie’s New York premiere, critics and fans are now quite divided on what they thought of the mighty face off between the two superhero legends. The resulting impact seems to be caught between harsh criticism and undeterred enthusiasm for this monstrous tale.
Whatever the divided opinions maintain, Batman V Superman will continue to resonate amongst fans and detractors alike. Though these debates are still quite fresh, the next big Batman V Superman arrival already looms overhead – the Blu-Ray/DVD Ultimate Edition release of the movie, which according to Amazon, is already available for pre-order and will be released on July 16th. Two different Collector's Editions will also be made available as of July 27th.
Fans will have the opportunity to choose between Batman or Superman with regards to the Collector's Editions, as each set comes with a Henry Cavill Superman or Ben Affleck Batman statue. In addition to this incentive to buy, both R-rated sets contain the 2D and 3D Blu-Ray versions of the movie, each of which boast 30 minutes of extra footage, as opposed to the theatrical PG-13 release. At present the Collector's Edition are selling on Amazon for €130 (or roughly $145 USD). Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder has recently stated that the movie’s Ultimate Cut will contain more characters, more violence, more Doomsday and a longer ending, among other things.
Amidst all this talk, it does perhaps feel a bit too soon to be contemplating the arrival of Batman V Superman on Blu-Ray/DVD. There’s a tendency - however cynical it may seem – for some to view this move on the part of Warner Bros. as more cashing in at the expense of fans, many of whom are still queuing up to see the movie for the first time or working to make the most out of their $100 unlimited tickets.
Whatever one’s opinion on this matter might be, the fact remains that Batman V Superman has innumerable fans of every age demographic under the sun. Fans want access to everything that Batman V Superman’s entails. With this being the case, the impact of the The Dark Knight and The Man of Steel’s mighty battle will likely continue to register in different ways for some time to come.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is now playing in U.S. theaters. Suicide Squad will arrive on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 23, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps. on June 19, 2020.