Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Part 2 - The Consequences Edit

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In anticipation of the ZSJL release, "Bad Movies made Less Bad" presents:
Dawn of Justice Trilogy : Part Two
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Original Release Date:
2016
Original Running Time:
182
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
131
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Brief Synopsis:
(All three movies generally focus on the inherent nature of mankind.)

Main changes:
• Remove the Africa incident and change public reaction to events of MoS.
• Better establish the classic Kryptonian boy scout in the first Act.
• Remove Batman killing people (he still “lets” bad guys die, but doesn’t kill outright)
• Refine Lex into a better villain – less weird, more obviously paranoid, less daddy issues, more calculated (i.e. making doomsday as a backup plan more understandable.)
• Clarify the conflict the world has with Superman – its all about fear.
• Batman doesn’t actually see the future, does not see the Flash
• Change Batman’s moral return to be prodded by fear and the similarities to his parent’s killing - not the realization that their mothers have the same name.
No foreshadowing of Superman’s resurrection.
Intention:
After three long years of OCD, my cherished MoS and BvS edits are finally complete. These are two movies that I now love. When MoS came out, I was absolutely heartbroken - this didn't feel like the Superman I remember. When BvS was announced, I got on board with this Superman to see the movie of my dreams, or so I thought. Then I saw Batman killing people like I'd never seen before. Needless to say, I wasn't on board with "what they did to my boys."

And so my fanediting journey began. I was sure there were great movies buried in these blasphemous turds. I did a ton of work at the beginning, learning as I went. My skills were terrible, but I could not stop trying for some reason. After the first year, I was happy with the result, taking out all the parts of the movies I didn't feel matched the characters I wanted. I showed my better half, and her response was that all the characters felt flat, lacked depth. At the time, I thought there was no solution for this due to the source materials. By this time I had also seen TM2YC's amazing MoS edit and Mr. Blue's equally amazing BvS edit. I recognized that I was beating a dead horse, and retired the effort. Their edits are the gold standard, and every faneditor worth a lick already has their own edit of these movies, so I decided to put my edits on a shelf.

Or so I told myself over and over again. I would constantly revisit my edits however, watching them at least once a month and making at least 5 new revisions each and every time, always with an intent to bring more character development and depth to my heroes. OCD if there ever was one. But it was also the greatest hobby for me. I design for a living, working within deadlines and creating the visions of others. Fanediting has allowed me to pursue my own artistic vision, on my own timeline and to the exacting vision I that have, not the client's. I do think the broader audience opinion matters, but its much like my personal art in other mediums I have done in the past.

When Zack Snyder announced his Justice League were on their way, I was once again excited, knowing I may yet again be disappointed. But my little pet MoS and BvS projects had given me new appreciation for the movies, as I now know pretty much every frame WAY too well.

My better half asked what the ZSJL hubbub was all about, and when I mentioned her reaction to my edits a couple years ago, she gave me a completely blank look, not remembering already watching them. So I showed her the edits as they existed at that point. And... she loved them! I brought up the character development issues from the past, but she said she didn't notice them now. Validation. These new edits were not the same as my first attempts.

Next up was to make my friends watch. Most of them liked the movies much better than the original, but one friend had this to say: "If the Martha Name Trivia scene is still in the BvS movie, there is no saving this franchise." And he still wouldn't watch. I told him it was hopeless, and that I think he'll like everything else about the movies. Still a hard "NO" from him, who is even a comic book collector.

I took to Reddit next, sharing my edits there as I was still not an approved editor on this site. Lovely complements, and lots of fans and followers, but not the real constructive criticism I was looking for.

And so, my OCD kicked in again. Over the years and especially since the pandemic, these movies have been polished and honed repeatedly. They have been compared with the original films again as well as the TM2YC, and Mr. Blue edits as well, for any remaining opportunities. Over the past three years and countless viewings, every viewing revealing more opportunities for making the edit just a little better, I now have two edits I can watch completely though without feeling the need to adjust anything.
Additional Notes:
1920x800, 48 kHz Stereo High and Low bit rate versions available
Other Sources:
Time - Inception by Hans Zimmer (Cello Cover) by "ThatCelloGuy15"
Awesome deepfake footage by Jarkancio
Video footage from Batman Begins
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Special Thanks:
Inspiration from the great TM2YC and Mr. Blue.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
(All three movies generally focus on the inherent nature of mankind.)

Main changes:
• Remove the Africa incident and change public reaction to events of MoS.
• Better establish the classic Kryptonian boy scout in the first Act.
• Remove Batman killing people (he still “lets” bad guys die, but doesn’t kill outright)
• Refine Lex into a better villain – less weird, more obviously paranoid, less daddy issues, more calculated (i.e. making doomsday as a backup plan more understandable.)
• Clarify the conflict the world has with Superman – its all about fear.
• Batman doesn’t actually see the future, does not see the Flash
• Change Batman’s moral return to be prodded by fear and the similarities to his parent’s killing - not the realization that their mothers have the same name.
No foreshadowing of Superman’s resurrection.
Cuts and Additions:
Cut List:
• Wayne family death flashback and funeral removed.
• Intro rebuilt from Whiplash Dynamo’s “Batman V Superman: MORTAL Prologue”
• Bruce driving stopping, with people moving out of his way removed
• Wallace doesn’t recognize Bruce
• Title sequence moved to after Bruce looking up, with “Part 2” added.
• Whiplash Dynamo’s “Batman V Superman: MORTAL Prologue” Vignette added after title sequence recounting devastation from Zod encounter and that Congress holds Superman accountable
• 18 months changed to 6 months
• Football coverage removed
• New footage inserted of Superman interacting with kids after working with firemen
• When GCPD arrive, they find the branded criminal but do not see Batman in the room on the ceiling (saving the first reveal of the suit for later)
• Batman visiting crypt moved up to here, mixed with shots of parents murder and shot of Bruce in the alley over parents dead bodies (from Batman Begins, color corrected for better visual continuity) No blood or bat coming from grave. Cut to Bruce descending Batcave elevator. (to seem like he visits the crypt often)
• All Africa scenes and references removed
• Lois arrives at the apartment, mail shots removed, bullet shots removed
• Clark and Lois discuss hearings, in regard to Zod battle
• Clark getting into bathtub removed
• Lex’s basketball intro removed
• Mention of “metahuman thesis” removed
• Lex only asks for access to ship, but uses his small tool to THEN remove fingerprints from Zod’s body and gains special access to ship control
• Removed Wallace in his apt before vandalism
• Removed Perry asking for a story about affair with superman over
• Removed Clark showing Gotham mother the newspaper with photo of neighbor
• Trimmed Lex’s discussion with Senator
• Added Wayne parents’ death flashes as Bruce’s nightmare
• Lois bullet discussion and subsequent trip discussion with Clark removed
• Joker laugh added when viewing Robin suit
• Bruce’s naked shower shots removed
• Initial visual contact of Bruce and Diana removed
• Lex’s speech tightened to remove him blundering
• Mention of Pa Kent not traveling removed from Clarks call with mother
• Perry’s line “there’s copy alright” while pointing to a blank page removed
• “The Daily Show” removed
• Knightmare scene reduced to just when Bruce is captured
• Mention of Lois dying removed
• Appearance by the Flash removed
• Bruce’s discussion with Alfred removed the “two years’ mention
• Bruce doesn’t drive into first car
• Bruce doesn’t encounter truck with the turret in it, so he doesn’t destroy it
• Batmobile cutting off top of truck slightly shortened, and shot of two people in truck right after removed (to hopefully draw attention away from the third guy – probably dead but I couldn’t remove more here)
• Clark’s discussion with Martha slightly tightened to remove “you’re not a killer, a threat”
• Senator’s scene with witness about Lex removed
• Senator’s discussion with Lex in hallway tightened
• Scene with Subway death removed
• Tightened sequence when Senator recognizes jar of piss
• Shots about Wallace’s paychecks removed from Bruce’s board room
• Shots about Wallace’s paychecks removed from Alfred at home
• Removed shots of cops getting CPR from Lex’s building break in. (try to reduce implication that people may have died)
• Shots of the Metahuman file Icons removed
• Clark and Lois balcony scene reduced
• Lex’s Zod’s body move up and dialogue reduced
• Lois’s bullet search removed
• Clark and Dad in the mountains moved to MoS
• Bruce leaving old mansion now cuts to Batman placing spear
• Nancy Grace scene removed
• Lois kidnapping tightened to remove her recognition of KGBeast
• Lex and Lois dialogue on roof reduced
• Lex and Clark on roof dialogue reduced
• Clark’s line “nobody says good in this world” is removed
• Clark’s line “there isn’t time” removed
• Bruce’s dragging Batman by the foot and tossing him around by a cord removed, to remove discussion of parental differences
• Metahuman file viewing by Diana removed
• Re-edited Superman execution scene to remove “Martha” motivation and used origin story of Batman Begins to connect the parallels between the murder of the Waynes and the scene with Lois and Clark. Also added Joker’s laugh and Alfred’s advice from earlier in the movie.
• Removed more shots of Batman outright killing people – no blowing up cars with people in them or throwing crates. Note – he still allows people to deal with grenades they brought themselves.
• Trimmed so Batman shoots KGBeast’s gas tank immediately, removed lines about being Superman’s friend to Martha
• Trimmed Lex’s dialogue at introduction of Doomsday
• Mention of populated vs unpopulated areas by Major during Doomsday fight removed
• Mention that Batman needs to “lead” Doomsday to the spear is removed, now Doomsday just follows after Batman
• Mention of populated vs unpopulated areas by Wonder Woman removed
• Lois gets trapped underwater closer to when she is saved
• Lex found in the ship in the blood removed
• Empty Metropolis removed
• Bagpipes song replaced with new audio track, piano and cello rendition of Time by Hans Zimmer
• Priest dialogue and discussion about funeral payments removed
• Bruce and Diana discussion tightened
• Movie ends with tightened Lex and Batman in Cell scene, and painting shot (foreshadowing JL)
• Removed Shot if dirt rising on Clark grave
• MetaHuman video footage viewing moved to credits, cropped CNN webpage out and added Bruce’s mouse clicks

User reviews

3 reviews
Overall rating
 
9.9
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.7(3)
Visual Editing
 
9.7(3)
Audio Editing
 
9.7(3)
Narrative
 
10.0(3)
Enjoyment
 
10.0(3)
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Overall rating
 
9.9
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
Well, this was fantastic. I never watched the Theatrical Cut but I did watch the Ultimate Edition. While it certainly has it's good aspects, it suffers from just being way too much. The pacing is all over the place and often drags (Lois Lane, duh) and although the plot is quite simple, the narrative is overly complicated. But I always knew there was good movie hidden beneath.

At first reeseevans' 'No Justice' edit brought that to light for me. As the title suggests, it gets rid of setting up the Justice League, Doomsday and consequently the Death of Superman. While I like this approach a lot, it brought all new problems to the table, mainly not being canon anymore because the lack of dead Supermans. It also doesn't get rid of the complicated narrative because it keeps the Africa incident and plot. So it presents a nice alternative but can't be the replacement I was looking for.

This is where Wakeupkeo comes into play: his edit is perfect. He reduced the JL setup to the core essentials (especially his handling of the terrible Metahuman-watch party scene is so well done that I even like it now), removed the Africa plot entirely (it now revolves around the events of Man of Steel like it should've in the first place) and made the character motivations a lot more believable. What am I telling you, if you finally want to be able to love BvS, stop reading now and watch it! You won't regret it.

I found the video editing to be flawless and I'm usually kinda nitpicky. So great job there. If I'd never seen the original (and 'Batman Begins') I wouldn't have guessed that this is a fanedit. The audio was good (hence the 9/10) but due to "only" being 2.0 it was a bit hard to understand at times (especially without subtitles).

I only have one suggestion for the editor: Please consider re-adding the scene in which Lex Luthor first presents the painting in his father's office. I think it's extremely chilling and it sheds a completely different light on the ending shot where we see it turned upside down. Otherwise, thank you for this amazing edit! It'll be my Go-To-Version for the future. Really looking forward to watching your MoS and WW edits!

User Review

Do you recommend this edit?
Yes
Format Watched?
Digital
Owner's reply April 04, 2021

Thank you for the awesome review!!! Great feedback!

Subtitles now available!!

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Overall rating
 
9.8
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
9.0
Audio Editing
 
9.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
So, I love the original opening credits of BvS with the funeral and a the Waynes being murdered. Thus, when this edit opened skipping the opening I kinda missed it. Only later, when I saw how the editor used footage from another Batman movie and stitched it together - I thought it worked perfectly and enhanced the narrative.

The video/audio quality is top notch. I didn't notice any quality degradation.
There was only one transition where the audio edit was bad, IMHO - the transition between Lois and Superman on the balcony to Bruce's training montage. It was very abrupt. Also, I believe - the scene is wrongly placed. I think it should have been in the following sequence:
1) Alfred chopping wood, seeing the news.
2) The balcony scene
3) Lex arriving at his facility and from the batarang close-up transition to..
4) Training montage

Another thing I believe could benefit the narrative is not to show Martha being kidnapped - let it be a surprise. Instead, there was an opportunity to show Lois investigating Keefe's apartment, and later getting informed that his chair was made of lead (skipping the part where she suspects Luthor). And from here go right to the part where she is kidnapped.

The little scene trims is what makes this edit so remarkable. We see enough of each scene without it going too far and being too awkward. All the important pieces are there. The flow is nice and tight. This is definitely among the best edits of BvS out there. Be sure to check this out.
Owner's reply February 22, 2021

Thank you for the kind review! I will definitely take a look at your recommendations for a V2 edit!

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Overall rating
 
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
This is definitely a worthy restructuring of BVS, no longer does it feel like mere "BS", the film compliments Man of Steel well, choosing to sidestep the desert angle and pushing the senate hearings to reflect the aftermath of the battle with Zod instead. As the edit suggests, this is the consequence cut and Clark must be held to account. An inspired storytelling choice. There are a lot of surprises in this edit, a new take on the familiar Wayne tragedy, coupled with some very clever audio mixing, creates a whole different approach to the moment of madness that was the 'Martha' scene, the one scene that makes and breaks the movie for everyone.

This is the better half we deserve, this is Batman, more to the point, this is truly the Superman the editor craved. A decent guy trying to do the right thing in a world with very bleak ideas of what justice entails. Some films needn't stay bad in this world.

Highly recommended.
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