No matter what people think about the box office performance of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, it still needs to be considered a success. It is the ultimate beginning of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), but fans had hoped for more in a film that had two iconic superheroes together on-screen for the first time. Well, more is coming in the home versions, and Warner Bros. has released the trailer which shows the extra footage that viewers wanted.
It had already been revealed that a lot of footage was left on the cutting room floor, and that’s not entirely surprising. Batman V Superman has a running time of 151 minutes, and it would be hard to justify making theater-goers sit there any longer than that.
Collider has gotten their hands on the exclusive trailer for the “Ultimate Edition” of the home release, and it features a whopping 30 minutes of extra footage. Adding that into Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will make it an overly-extended, R-rated version of the film.
On June 28, the Digital HD version of the film will be available in its extended version, along with the theatrical cut, as well. On July 19, it will be available for purchase on DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and Ultra HD Blu-ray.
Batman V Superman has grossed $871 million at the worldwide box office, and that is being seen as a disappointment due to many believing $1 billion was a given. Warner Bros. is still confident that home edition sales will be good, and the extended cut is expected to really help push those.
One of the cool things about the extra footage is that it doesn’t just include new scenes, but also entirely new characters. Jena Malone was known to have a role in the film for a long time, but she then had her part cut, and the part she played is still not known.
A few months ago, director Zack Snyder spoke with Entertainment Weekly about cutting the film down since they weren’t making a three-hour flick. He also confirmed at that point that Malone was not playing Robin or Batgirl, as some had thought she would be doing.
Some of the new footage shown in the trailer does actually show Jena Malone, but there still isn’t a lot known about who she is. Anyone who has seen the film may notice a lot of other new scenes and one particularly cool line spoken by Alfred (Jeremy Irons) in “So falls the House of Wayne.”
Here are the special features contained on the Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition home release.
- Uniting the World’s Finest
- Gods and Men: A Meeting of Giants
- The Warrior, The Myth, The Wonder
- Accelerating Design: The New Batmobile
- Superman: Complexity & Truth
- Batman: Austerity & Rage
- Wonder Woman: Grace & Power
- Batcave: Legacy of the Lair
- The Might and the Power of a Punch
- The Empire of Luthor
- Save the Bats
It’s hard to think that the 30 minutes of extra footage would have saved Batman V Superman from the harsh criticism it received, but it may help calm the fears of those worried about Justice League. Snyder and Warner Bros. will look to see how fans react to this extra footage and determine if they would have been happier with the longer cut.
There is a lot to be learned from Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Warner Bros. is going to use that as they move forward with the DCEU. With the ultimate edition home version including new footage, they may realize that’s what fans wanted in the first place. Justice League is something that could make or break the DCEU, and if Warner Bros. doesn’t get it right, there could be some major backlash that could greatly affect any future films.
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