We're nearly halfway through 2016 and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is still the most divisive movie of the year so far. Those who love it, love it with a raging passion. Those who hate it do so with a deafening indifference. And those who are somewhere in the middle seem to get caught in the crossfire from either camp. That reaction may not have been what the studio was going for, but it may very well end up lodging BvS deeper into pop culture than other superhero movies this year.
Or that entire conversation could change radically when the Ultimate Edition is released on home video later this month. Not only is it rated R for "sequences of violence," but this extended cut is a whopping 30 minutes longer than the theatrical version. That's huge. It's been quite a while since we've seen an extended cut that puts back in so much extra material. The extra breathing room probably isn't going to make anyone who hated the movie suddenly love it (that's assuming they even give this three-hour version a chance in the first place), but if the trailer is any indication, at the very least it should put back in a lot of connective tissue that was chopped out.
It's hard to tell considering this is 90 seconds of an extra 30 minutes of material, but we're given glimpses of more conversations (like this absent Jena Malone scene above) about consequence, plus more moments of contemplation and debate. In theory that should help realign problems the theatrical had where it seemed to just randomly thrust elements together so it could get to the fighting. That's our hope, at least.
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition hits Digital HD on June 28, and Blu-ray/DVD on July 19.