Batman v Superman: No JusticeFeatured
I also disagreed with Batman's attitude towards killing and reduced this aggressively, while retaining a sense of brutality about this jaded veteran Dark Knight. Certain interactions between Superman and other characters are removed to make him seem less mopey and hopeless, and further depict Clark as the "other" in a world that cannot trust him. Strategic omissions place the emphasis more on Lex Luthor's misdeeds than his mannerisms. Visual filters reintroduce some of the lost colour to create a bolder, more comic book inspired image.
- Suicide Squad Comic-Con First Look Trailer: Jared Leto’s Joker laugh- used to evoke memories of Robin’s death
- Man of Steel (2013): Superman creates a sonic boom as he blasts into the atmosphere- used as a transition prior to the scene in Mexico. Martha Kent embraces a young Clark- intended to humanise him from Batman’s perspective
- The Siege (1998): “Excuse me, sir. I think you should see this.” [7:29]- used prior to the Congressional incident
- Final Official Trailer: Batman flings a goon into a stack of pallets- used to replace Batman’s grenade kill in the warehouse
- Official TV Spot #7: “It’s time you learned what it means to be a man.”- used to replace “I bet your parents taught you that you mean something.”
Characters cannot teleport from one location to another. It must be shown or implied how they got there, even if that seems dull. The brain subconsciously searches for logical flaws like this. The last thing you want is to distance the viewer through sloppy transitions or erratic pacing.
Foresight is essential. Unlike writing an original story, one must accept the movie can only ever be whittled down (unless it is a radical Fan Mix incorporating other source material). This will invariably limit your creative options. Map out the edit on paper or in your head in its entirety before commencement.
There are no shortcuts I can recommend. It’s all about commitment and patience. Your edit will evolve. Be prepared to watch it multiple times if you seek excellence in the end result. Recolouring your fan edit is an even greater time commitment.
Request the constructive feedback of your friends, family and online colleagues. Be patient with them; they aren’t trying to tear you down, but in fact build you up.
Professionally and concisely present your fan edit online. Why spend all that time to see your opus sink into the quagmire of Internet content? Sell it. Hit up related websites (e.g. Reddit’s fan edit sub), but get to the point. Create equally impressive miscellanea (artwork, trailers, screen caps etc). Create a search engine friendly website. Wix is free and looks great.
Take pride in what you are doing. You will likely be utilising powerful video editing software, so experiment and have fun!
- Nairomi: The photographer's introduction as Jimmy Olsen. Why? It was a universally unpopular decision to kill off one of Superman's most iconic allies so early.
- I saw him! I never saw him before: The artificial-looking crawl across the ceiling as Batman escapes from the shotgun-wielding cop. The two cops watching Football. Why? It adds nothing of substance to the narrative.
- Meeting at LexCorp: The "Metahuman Thesis" and Luthor's negotiations with Senator Barrows in regards to the Kryptonian ship.
- False God: The reaction scene inside the Daily Planet offices is tightened.
- Luthor's private meeting with Finch: Luthor's "One if by land, two if by air" comment. Why? For brevity. And Luthor is fairly annoying in this scene.
- Metropolis Library: Bruce imagines a subtle Joker laugh when he looks at Robin's suit. Clark does not ask a fellow journalist who Bruce Wayne is. Some of Luthor's speech omitted. Diana Prince omitted from this and all future scenes. Bruce's conversation with Clark is slightly tightened. Bruce leaves unhindered with the hacking device, while Clark flies to Mexico.
- Knightmare, Flash's warning: Omitted.
- Bruce's demon dream: Omitted. Why? It seemed like one "Martha" scene too many.
- Clark researches the 'Bat-brand': Omitted. Why? Batman is less culpable for the prison deaths if they are not yet a matter of public record, while Clark still learns about the consequences of the "mark" from Mrs. Santos.
- Batmobile: Batman tagging the cargo truck, only to pursue the vehicle anyway. By showing the tracking device on the truck afterwards, it can be inferred it was fired from the Batmobile at some point during the chase. The chase is tightened. None of Anatoli Knyazev’s men are killed as a direct result of Batman's actions. Batman's altercation with Superman is tightened.
- Congressional bombing: Senator Finch does not stutter prior to the explosion. Bruce's inquest about Keefe's disability checks is omitted, with Greg handing him the most recent envelope only. Why? Luthor had been intercepting Keefe's checks for upwards of eighteen months, marking them with anti-Bruce Wayne hate rhetoric / death threats, and returning them. There was not a single discerning employee at Wayne Enterprises who considered bringing this to Bruce's attention in a year-and-a-half, especially after Keefe's very public arrest for a hate crime? Had Bruce known sooner, he would have investigated Keefe, and subsequently Lex himself. This is a clear example of Deus ex machina driving Bruce's enmity of Superman forwards at the expense of his vaunted deductive reasoning.
- Clark's self-exile: Clark questioning the validity of his actions, and climbing the mountain to speak to his father. Why? Both heroes were at peak-mopiness by this point. Pa Kent's return to reiterate established themes is redundant, and the "She was my world" idea is not relevant to No Justice.
- Luthor and the Kryptonian ship: All scenes omitted.
- Bruce's training montage: The revelation of Kryptonite gas deferred until the fight itself. Why? To surprise the audience.
- Luthor's contractors kidnap Martha: Deferred until Luthor reveals it to Superman. Why? To give Luthor an ace in the hole.
- Superman saves Lois: Luthor's insistence that Lois' proof of his illegal activities will blow over. Superman’s uncharacteristic “No one stays good in this world” line. "What have you done?" (in reference to Doomsday). Luthor's instruction for Superman to go to the Kryptonian ship after killing Batman. Luthor spoon-feeding us his manipulation of Bruce. Why? It's clear from previous scenes that Luthor was responsible for the bombing, not Keefe.
- Batman v. Superman: Bruce's reference to Clark’s parents. Why? By acknowledging he has parents- even Kryptonians, Bruce unwittingly humanises Clark, which in turns lessens the impact of the next scene. The line is replaced with, "It's time you learned what it means to be a man." from TV Spot 7, which never made it into the final cut.
- "Martha": When it hits home to Bruce, we see a few frames of Martha hugging a young Clark. Why? I wanted to emphasise that Bruce is about to murder someone who is for all intents and purposes human, and become no better than the scum that killed his own mother.
- Batman rescues Martha Kent: There is a tighter transition between the two combat scenes to maintain a sense of climax. By Batman simply leaving to save Martha, it can be inferred Superman is too weak from Kryptonite poisoning to act, and that Batman has vowed to atone for his wrong. Batman killing Knyazev’s men inside the Batwing omitted. The grenade kill is replaced with an unused moment from the final trailer (Batman man-handling a thug into a stack of pallets). When Batman is primed to kill Knyazev, we see a brief reminder of his own mother dying, giving Batman stronger motive to pull the trigger and rescue Martha from the same fate.
- Luthor's Abomination / the Trinity / Death of Superman: Omitted.
- Lois and Clark in the tub: Relocated to after Luthor’s arrest, with all references to the incident in Nairomi excluded. Why? It was the most appropriate scene to complete Lois and Clark's stories in the absence of the original ending.
- Batman threatens Luthor: Luthor's reference to Superman's death and the imminent arrival of Darkseid.
- Superman’s funeral: Omitted, leaving the rotated painting in Luthor's study as the movie's final shot. Why? It's the obvious ending point in the absence of Doomsday. This, with the amended musical cue, shifts the emphasis away from Darkseid's arrival to Batman's (a mere mortal) own capacity for devilry.
I really enjoyed this edit. The exclusion of Doomsday and Wonder Woman didn't bother me at all. The only thing that was missing for me as far as the narrative goes, was where was Superman after he and Batman stopped fighting? I assume he went to collect Luthor and dump his ass in jail. This missing detail only bothered me because I've seen the film in its complete form though, and know what happened next in that version. It's not the end of the world though, just my nit picky nature. All in all though, great work. My go to version of this film from here on in.
THANK YOU reeseevans for doing a MUCH better job with BvS than even WB could with their so-called 'Ultimate Edition'! Okay so let's get it straight: Zack Snyder has been mucking up the DC universe since day 1 and Batman v. Superman was a major kick in the balls. Batfleck was pretty good but his occasional willingness to kill totally ruined THE MAIN THING ABOUT BATMAN. Thank goodness reeseevans fixed that part lickity split! Superman is still supes but some of his decisions are trimmed into something more sensible. But as for Luthor.... sigh damn you Jesse Eisenberg. I mean... WHAT THE HELL, guy?!? He's still a little pain in the ass but definitely much less so. Great call on removing that entire Luthor in the alien craft part. It added NOTHING and was just plain confusing. Unfortunately all the editing in the world cannot fix the reasons for Batman and Superman to fight instead of yknow TALKING FIRST. And short of refilming or doing some serious dubbing the entire 'Martha' b.s. is still a dumb as hell reason for them to stop fighting and being besties. With that said, this version is still roughly 102,404,288,185 times better than the crap that was in theaters or the Ultimate Edition. If you must watch Batman v. Superman THIS is the version to hit up!
This edit does exactly what it sets to do - eliminate everything related to the "Dawn of Justice" side of the movie and focus on Batman vs Superman.
Does it work? Hell, yeah.
I, myself, share the same opinion as Reese regarding the original movie. All the Justice League stuff felt like they don't really belong and are there because the company is rushing the shared universe train.
The quality of the edit is great. Didn't notice any issue there.
I had no problem with audio and video editing. Though, sometimes I felt something is not right and had to re-watch few scenes several times. I guess, it's only because the original movie is always in the background of my head. Bottom line, I found nothing wrong or missing.
The story felt more focused. I like that we don't have a monster villain. Well, we actually do: a different kind of monster - Lex Luthor. And dare I say: Luthor was much more tolerable in this edit.
I like DC's serious, gritty approach to the source material. However, I felt like there needs to be some more action in the middle of the movie. Otherwise, it gets kinda boring with all the investigations, plots, politics and morals. This is not something the editor can fix - the editor is working with the available material. But, I cannot fully enjoy this movie. Though, this edit miraculously didn't pull me out of the film. I watched it beginning to end at one sitting - something I honestly cannot do with the original.
This is a great alternative sequel to "Man of Steel" that doesn't tie in to DCCU continuity, but is fun to watch, nonetheless. I definitely recommend it.
I might have found my new favorite version of BvS.
So, I actually liked 'Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice' (or at least the Ultimate Edition), but it is true that it has some (major) flaws. The pacing is indeed kinda off at times, which is something this edit improves on a lot. It simply didn't need to be a 3-hour-long movie.
I think the decision to cut all the Doomsday and Wonder Woman stuff improved the movie a lot -- it helped it stay much more focused tonally, in my opinion. Yes, both the Theatrical Cult and Ultimate Edition of 'Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice' are pretty dark and serious throughout -- which is something this edit doesn't change, and something I really liked about 'No Justice' --, but it always bothered me how Snyder's original film went from an almost a political thriller in the first half to being an action movie with a huge monster on the second. By cutting the Doomsday part of the film, 'No Justice' managed to make the movie stay somewhat grounded in reality (or as much as it could have been).
The only problems I had where with some of the transitions between scenes, which were mostly unnoticeable, apart from a few where the music of the two scenes clashed, in a way. The biggest flaw I can find in this edit is just that the Batman warehouse scene wasn't meant to be the final action scene of the movie, so the pacing in this edit dwindles just a bit, but after that scene it picks up again for the last five minutes of the film.
Honestly, thank you for this fan edit Reese. It gave me the experience I originally wanted from Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice when it first came out in theaters exactly one year ago today.