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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.
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- 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 think this is the best version POSSIBLE of this movie. Still has some big problems with the characters of Superman, Lex and the narrative as a whole but this are things impossible to fix with editing alone.
The climax of the movie feels RIGHT this time around and the Lex Luthor plan makes much more sense now. No disconnected shit leading to other movies, is just pure and simple Batman and Superman. Putting the bath scene in the end was genius.
The only thing that didn`t land to me was the flashback of Martha Wayne in the warehouse. Of all the Batman killing scenes in this movie this is the one that least needed a strong motivation of him to pull the trigger.
I never thought this much filler could be effectively removed from a film. You are spot on mate.
From beginning to end, this edit is the film we SHOULD have gotten.
Unlike many, I happen to adore Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, specifically the three-hour long Ultimate Edition and not the royally botched two and a half hour theatrical cut. That being said, I surprisingly loved this fan-edit, which removes everything Justice League-related, including Wonder Woman, and creates an alternate standalone story that focuses solely on the central conflict between the two characters, one that works really well. The changes made work stunningly well, the story is very well-told and coherent and moves at a terrific pace, and the new recoloring looks absolutely stunning. To the editor, phenomenal job.
This succeeds at its intended purpose. None of the JL moments are missed, and we are left with a much more streamlined plot. Nearly all the edits are unnoticeable and smooth. A well planned out and executed work!
When Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice first came out, I found it terribly confusing and full of shortcomings in its screenplay. Nonetheless, I could see somewhat a cinematic power in it that was absent in other superhero films before it and has been since. I definitely liked it more than Man of Steel, and liked it more than other Superman movies, of which I've never been a fan of.
When the Ultimate Edition was released, I was surprised at how much more comprehensible the movie was. All in all, I found myself pretty happy with what I got... and it soon became more and more evident that the movie was a bad movie with some great elements and some absolutely unbelievably confusing, unrelated plot points.
When this edit by Reeseevans was released to rave reviews and articles all over the nerd spectre of the internet, I was naturally inticed into watching it. Stupidly enough, I had not seen it up to this day.
This edit is absolutely wonderful, and elevates Batman v Superman to a much better movies than most of the ones released today in the same genre. If this had come out in 2016, I would have loved it, even though it isn't perfect. Naturally, the editor couldn't overcome some of the screenplay's shortsighted twists and turns, but the narrative is so neat, tight, focused and all in all powerful (and I'd say thought-provoking), that it's overwhelming.
If others, like me, did not truly understand what the movie is about when watching the original cuts, this edit emphasizes and pulls out the heart of the story in an outstanding way.
This movie becomes about three men losing faith. Even though Batman is undeniably the central character here, Superman does indeed have an arc, despite what I'd heard. Batman starts the movie with no faith in humanity, believing he needs to stop Superman because he cannot leave the world in the hands of an all-powerful alien. However, his arc closes when he understands Superman is human just as much as he is, and decides to spare him. Superman, on the other hand, is a man who does all in his power to do good. When humanity turns on him after the Capitol bombings, though, he loses faith and disappears. The only thing that brings him back is his love for Lois, which helps him regain faith - as perfectly synthesized by the last scene of the two making love.
On the other hand, we have Alexander Luthor, who doesn't have faith in God because it didn't save him from his father as a child. As a consequence, he tries to tear Superman - a "new god" - down, to demonstrate that faith is unjustified. He fails, showing both Bruce's and Clark's faith to be superior.
For all these reasons, I say: congratulations.
A few minor nitpicks, to conclude this review. The audio transition at 27:54 kicks in really early on, and it makes the cut very, very slightly jarring. I would also have removed the granny's peach tea moment, but I perfectly understand how it is needed to build tension and I actually quite liked it here.
Finally, I think that perhaps you could've used Lex's violin strings theme over the last shot of the devils and angels picture, as it may have worked as slightly less bombastic and somewhat more intimate.
In conclusion, I absolutely loved this fan edit, which deserves all the praise it can get. This is one of the very few times I can say I may put this fanedit in my DVD collection!