I’m going to preface this review by stating that I completely skipped the theatrical release of this movie (which is how things usually go down with me) and I just simply waited for the Blu-Ray extended cut.
After having watched that Blu-Ray extended cut a few times now, and knowing most of the scenes that are new to this version of the movie, I can’t even imagine how that theatrical cut would even show a proper coherent story without them. I mean, adding an extra 30 minutes of scenes should change a story entirely, no?
I’m not saying it should have always been a 3 hour movie (let alone Rated-R this time as well) from the get-go, but Snyder had every opportunity to make it a tolerable length for the majority of people, and still keep it PG-13 to help bring in the bucks to keep the WB guys happy. I mean, if you need to tell a complete story in 3 whole hours, there’s something wrong with the super hero story you’re trying to tell.
On the one hand I really love this movie because of how well every scene is pulled off; Visually, it all looks fantastic, the acting is top notch, and all the characters (Wonder Woman!) are pulled off very well. Everyone has interesting things to do, and gets enough screen time to be memorable versions of our favorite DC characters.
On the other hand, I still feel like they had way too much going on in the overall story, despite actually enjoying all those story beats and characters in general. Did this movie all about Batman and Superman squaring off really need a proper villain in a young Lex Luthor? Not really. It would have been nice if they (Snyder and co.) had the courage to tell an engaging story solely about two heroes (and their alter egos) butting heads, and Wonder Woman smack dab in the middle of the two. I’m totally down for a movie that’s trying to separate itself from the Marvel model, rather than keep up to them! Alas, that didn’t happen. Though I can’t hold it against them that this isn’t ‘exactly’ the movie I wanted.
All-in-all, Batman Versus Superman’s extended cut is one of my favorite superhero movies to date. Right behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier, actually. Despite not being precisely the story I wanted to personally see, it did hit all the moments I was hoping for. Plus a bunch of stuff that I didn’t see coming, and I won’t spoil here!
This movie’s old at this point though, no? If you haven’t already seen it, and think you’d be interested, by all means give it a watch. If you have 3 hours to spare on movie watching though, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy the entire movie by watching this full extended cut, eh?