One of the most divisive superhero movies in blockbuster history, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opened to a harsh pounding from critics – one that was followed by a heated schism that split longtime DC fans.
The result was a movie that, for those who weren’t put-off my the darker tone or Snyder’s deconstructive approach, was still packed with plot holes and underdeveloped arcs – one that the studio, clearly, struggled to stuff into the release-friendly format of a tentpole superhero film.
Lex’s exploitation of the political system, media coverage, international relations, and vulnerable individuals, as well as Earth’s heroes, are much more clearly defined in the Ultimate Edition – and serve as the connective tissue that drives nearly every single character’s actions within the film.
Ultimately, the Ultimate Edition is most likely to satisfy fans who recognized the vision and potential in Snyder’s shared universe building film – and it is the definitive Batman V Superman cut.
If nothing else, the Ultimate Edition is required viewing for anyone who intends to jump back into the DCEU for Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, and Justice League – because, above all else, it does a much better job of fleshing out characters that will, without a doubt, play a major role in future DC franchise films.