Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Director's Cut Review

It's pretty much the same hot mess, only now it contains a couple f-bombs, a little more violence, and even more scenes that muddy the film's already soiled plot. My last hope that the extended cut would be to Batman v Superman what the director's cut was to Blade Runner has been thoroughly dashed.

Don't get me wrong, a couple of the added scenes work to clear up a few plot-points that were hard to follow in the theatrical cut. Indeed, the Senate's concern over Superman is made abundantly more understandable thanks to a couple key shots that were omitted from the scene in which Superman makes his first appearance. The fact that Lex Luthor was pulling all the strings behind the panic over Superman is also made a little more clear.

The problem is, there are four distinct plot-lines for Batman, Superman, Lex Luthor, and Lois Lane, and each one feels like it has enough meat to merit a movie of its own. Picture watching all four of the good (take that to mean what you will) Star Wars films on four different TVs at the same time and you'll get an idea of the plot of Batman v Superman. And while the extended cut makes each plot-line a little clearer, it becomes exhausting trying to follow all the stories.

And then there's the f-bombs. They honestly feel as though they were thrown in to ensure the extended cut of Batman v Superman captured an R-rating. This would be forgiven if not for the fact that they add nothing to the plot. Expletives have the power to communicate strong emotions, and when wielded by capable screen-writers they add the audience's understanding of characters and what they are feeling. Strong language belongs in a movie like Deadpool where its protagonist is known as the merc with a mouth, but it feels out of place in a film that features a bullet-proof Boy Scout. It feels a lazy way to get an R-rating in order to appeal to those who want a more "edgy" super hero flick.

The Wrap Up

The Verdict: 4.5/10 - Even more meh.

All of the issues I had with my initial review are still more or less preset. While it was nice to get a little clarification on some plot-points I ultimately feel the decision to cut scenes was the right choice. It's still a mediocre movie, but it's made worse by the fact that you have to sit through an even longer mediocre movie.