Sunday, April 5, 2020

DC Fans Are Celebrating The Fourth Anniversary Of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice

Four years ago Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hit cinemas. The film was a double-edged sword for Warner Bros. On one hand it made $873 million at the box office, on the other it received an unexpected critical mauling, ending up at a lowly 28% on the Tomatometer. As a fan of Zack Snyder’s prior work (even Sucker Punch!) I went into it with high hopes, but left pretty disappointed. 

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Four years ago Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hit cinemas. The film was a double-edged sword for Warner Bros. On one hand it made $873 million at the box office, on the other it received a critical mauling, ending up at a lowly 28% on the Tomatometer. As a fan of Zack Snyder’s prior work (yes, even Sucker Punch) I went in with high hopes, but left disappointed.

The film’s reception tarnished Snyder’s reputation with Warner Bros, contributing to them removing him from Justice League and replacing him with Joss Whedon. And we all know how that worked out. But there’s a silver lining: later that year the ‘Ultimate Edition’ director’s cut landed on home release, which adds a lot of cut material. I was skeptical that more of something I disliked would make it better, but the Ultimate Edition completely reversed my opinion on the movie.

Since that released, the film has garnered a fanbase who argue that it’s deeply underrated. And, as such, they’re showing some love for the film on its fourth birthday. Here’s a selection from Twitter:

If you’ve just seen the theatrical cut and didn’t like it, I’d recommend checking out the Ultimate Edition. I had to be dragged kicking and screaming to it, but it was well worth it. And let’s face it, most of us suddenly have a lot more free time.

In other Zack Snyder news, it seems that the Snyder Cut of Justice League is closer than ever before. The director has screened a rough version of his cut to close friends, and there are rumors it’ll be the jewel in the crown of the HBO Max launch later this spring. If Snyder’s cut of Justice League is as much an improvement on the theatrical cut as the Batman V Superman director’s cut was, we should be in for a treat.

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