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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Ultimate Edition) is a 2016 movie that is a sequel to Man Of Steel and the director's cut of the theatrical version. It adds 30 extra minutes of extended footage that weren't present in the theatrical version. It was directed by Zack Snyder, written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer, and is the second installment of the DCEU.

The movie was released on Digital HD on June 28, 2016, and on Blu-ray on July 19, 2016. It was then remastered on March 21st, 2021.

"The world only makes sense...if you force it to" ― Batman


"People hate what they don’t understand" ― Martha Kent

It's been nearly two years since Superman's (Henry Cavill) colossal battle with Zod (Michael Shannon) devastated the city of Metropolis. The loss of life and collateral damage have left many feeling angry and helpless, including crime-fighting billionaire Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck). Convinced that Superman is now a threat to humanity, Batman embarks on a personal vendetta to end his reign on Earth, while the conniving Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) launches his own crusade against the Man of Steel.

"That's how it starts. The fever... the rage... the feeling of powerlessness that turns good men cruel." ― Alfred

Why This Director's Cut Rocks[]

  1. It is a big improvement over the theatrical cut.
    • It adds more scenes to the movie that weren't shown in the theatrical cut.
      • Batman seeing a teacher leading a group of students through the streets during the Black Zero event from Man of Steel.
      • A brief shot of the gun being leveled at Martha Wayne's face.
      • In Nairomi, it confirms the man who was shot in the original version was Jimmy Olsen.
      • It also confirms Knyazev and his men murdered the warlord's men and the villagers, before they immolate their corpses with a flamethrower (which makes it look like they had been killed by Superman's heat vision, causing Superman to get framed for it.
      • Inclusion of swearing. (This being an R-rated film.) An example would be when Lex Luthor visits Wallace Keefe, he says "What the fuck do you want?", whilst the F-word was omitted in the theatrical version.
      • In the theatrical cut, Doomsday went to jump at a helicopter to destroy it but misses, hitting the LexCorp Tower. Here in the Ultimate Edition, he successfully destroys it.
  2. A great soundtrack that was composed by Hans Zimmer and Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL). A notable mention would be "This Is My World" which is a very emotional piece composed by Zimmer.
  3. Despite the overly dark and gloomy tone it had, with some of the characters being different from their comic counterpart, there are still great performances from Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill and Jeremy Irons (Agreeably better than Justice League.)
  4. The opening scene is amazing.
  5. Bruce Wayne's point of view in Metropollis during the Black Zero event is well made, which created his view on Superman.
  6. Wonder Woman's entrance was simply amazing, accompanying with her theme "Is She Still With You?"
  7. The action in the scenes are pretty good. Notable examples are:
    • The fight with Doomsday. The visuals are just eye-candy.
    • Batman fighting criminals to rescue Martha. It's also arguably the best Batman fight scene since Affleck's performance was energetic, flexible, and brutal, as opposed to other actors who portrayed Batman, who happen to be mostly stiff at times.
    • Batman's fight with Superman is also pretty good.
  8. The Knightmare scene was also well made and excellent.
  9. Superman's funeral is very emotional.
  10. The cinematography is very good.
  11. The original Steppenwolf with the Motherboxes appears during the part when Lex Luthor turns Zod's corpse into Doomsday. (He finally makes a proper appearance in Zack Snyder's Justice League after being drastically altered by director Joss Whedon in Justice League.)
  12. Batman sending Lex Luthor to Arkham Asylum. (Affleck's acting in this scene was simply amazing.)


  • This cut is 31 minutes longer than the theatrical cut. It adds 60 extended scenes, 18 additional scenes, 11 scenes with alternate footage, 8 extended scenes with alternate footage, 1 scene that has uncensored audio and 1 scene that includes alternate dialogue.
  • The Ultimate Edition was announced before the theatrical cut was released
  • The Ultimate Edition was remastered in 4K in 2021 and released on Ultra HD and streaming with a restored color grading. The 4 IMAX sequences retained their 1.43:1 aspect ratio for that release.
  • In the remastered edition, Around 20 minutes of IMAX sequences were shot (Including The opening credits, the "Knightmare" future vision, the titular fight and the closing scenes.)
  • This is the first batman film to credit Bill Finger as a co-creator.
  • This is the first live action film to feature Batman and Superman together
    • Also the first live action cinematic portrayal of Wonder Woman.
  • 3 days after the release of the theatrical cut, Warner Bros. released a deleted scene, which included Lex Luthor interacting with hologram of Steppenwolf, the main villain in Zack Snyder's Justice League. Zack Snyder later stated that this clip acts as the movie's post-credits scene. This scene is included in the Ultimate Edition, but wasn't in post credits.
  • In BvS superman dies at 2:38:57. In Zack Snyder's Justice League he is resurected at 2:38:57
    • This detail is only in the ultimate edition, as the theatrical cut being only 2h 31m

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