Monday, 9 January 2017

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Ultimate Edition Review

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: 
Ultimate Edition

Release Date: 20th July 2016 - Australia (Blu-ray Only)

Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures 
DC Comics
DC Entertainment
RatPac Entertainment 
Atlas Entertainment
Cruel and Unusual Films

Roadshow Distribution 

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 182 minutes 

Budget: $250,000,000

Plot Summary
When some begin to fear 
Superman because of his 
great power, Gotham City's 
vigilante, Batman decides 
to take on Metropolis's 
superhero. However, the 
infighting leaves the world 
exposed to a new threat 
that puts mankind in 
greater danger than anyone 
could have possibly imagined.

Henry Cavill - Clark Kent/Superman 
Ben Affleck - Bruce Wayne/Batman
Jesse Eisenberg - Lex Luthor
Amy Adams - Lois Lane
Diane Lane - Martha Kent
Laurence Fishburne - Perry White
Jeremy Irons - Alfred Pennyworth
Holly Hunter - June Finch
Gal Gadot - Wonder Woman
Scoot McNairy - Wallace Keefe
Callan Mulvey - Anatoli Knyazev
Tao Okamoto - Mercy Graves
Michael Cassidy - Jimmy Olsen
James Mamoa - Aquaman
Ray Fisher - Victor Stone/Cyborg
Ezra Miller - Barry Allen/Flash
Kevin Costner - Jonathan Kent
Jeffrey Dean Morgan - Thomas Wayne
Lauren Cohan - Martha Wayne
Brandon Spink - Young Bruce Wayne
Robin Atkin Downes - Doomsday 
Harry Lennix - Secretary Swanwick
Carla Gugino - Kelor (Voice)
Christina Wren - Major Carrie Farris
Jena Malone - Jenet Klyburn
Coburn Goss - Father Leone
Joseph Cranford - Pete Ross

Director - Zack Snyder
Batman Creators - Bob Kane and Bill Finger
Superman Creators - Jerry
Siegel and Joe Shuster
Writer/Executive Producer - David S. Goyer 
Writer - Chris S. Terrio
Executive Producers - 
Christopher Nolan, Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns, 
Benjamin Melniker, Michael Uslan and Emma Thomas
Producers - Charles Roven and 
Deborah Synder
Co-Producer - Curt Kanemoto
Co-Producers/Unit Production Managers - Jim Rowe and Gregor Wilson
Production Designer - Patrick Tatopoulos 
Costume Designer - Michael Wilkinson
Director of Photography - Larry Fond
Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator - Damon Caro 
Stunt Coordinator - Tim Rigby
Co-Fight Choreographers - Guillermo Grispo and Ryan Watson
Senior Visual Effects Supervisor - Joe Letteri 
Visual Effects Supervisors - 
John 'D.J.' Des Jardin and Dinesh K. Bishnoi 
Visual Effects Supervisor: Weta Digital - Keith Miller 
Film Editor - David Brenner
Music - Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL

Originally premiered in its theatrical cut in 2016, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE remains as starkly divisive among fans of DC's two titular protagonists that were the main centre of this movie. Those who are displeased with the film of its darker tone and characterisation should have had the balance of some lightheartedness as opposed to others that liked its brutal and gritty nature. I thought this would be a mild disaster for both director Zack Snyder and the DC expanded universe which he helped to create in trying to face the shadow of Marvel. It turns out that in the film's history, it was severely compromised by the studio who insisted on having a faster-paced cut and trimmed 31 minutes of the picture. As the result, the final product has received a negative backlash and Snyder himself took the blame of its reception. 

Now that the ULTIMATE EDITION has been released to the general public, the missing scenes have been restored and though some bits of awkwardness remained in the new and improved feature. One at least would be the unnecessary introduction of Doomsday as well as a few scenes of exposition. The ULTIMATE version greatly improves the coherence that was taken down from the narrative as well as the characterisation. Some performances of the actors that were on this movie, also improved as the result (minus the exception of Jesse Eisenberg's insane Lex Luthor).

Now the ULTIMATE EDITION of BATMAN V SUPERMAN is promising and might make up to those who were greatly disappointed of the final version. Unfortunately this edition is out on Blu-ray and it's recommended to those who have waited for a long time for this movie.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie

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