I am one of the few who enjoyed the 'BvS Ultimate Edition', so when I heard about this edit I was intrigued. That film, although superior to the theatrical version, is still rife with odd contrivances and over abundance of character introductions; so I knew the average viewer would be bored and confused with talks of the White Portuguese or Bruce Wayne's dream within a dream. This is why, now that I have watched 'Man of Steel' with my non-cinema enthused partner, I felt this fan edit could help her enjoy and appreciate the parts of the movie I liked the most.
The edit plays out pretty much the same (although cleverly omitting any references to Wonder Woman or Doomsday) and nicely condenses the story into one that feels far less convoluted than the original. I especially enjoyed the bath scene being put at the end as it changed the feeling of that scene entirely, as well as showing a growing relationship between Lois and Clark across the film instead of them already being together as in the original. My partner still found the story confusing and drawn out, and we both felt that the "Martha" scene could've been changed but search me as to how one might go about that. The little flashbacks were a nice touch but the overall "out of nowhere" feel to the original scene is inescapable, even to a DCEU newcomer.
I however enjoyed the edit, but I'm a sucker for Zimmer and Junkie XL's score for Superman's funeral and the over-the-top military presence in the original, so I felt the ending's absence sorely. But that isn't a slight on the editor as the only way to incorporate Superman's death would have been for Batman to kill him (which would have saved us the "Martha moment") or have Clark drown off-screen in the bath with Lois (which could’ve led to an even stranger Aquaman cameo). But as I said before the bath scene being moved to the end was very sweet, as both myself and my partner felt it rounded the film off nicely.
Overall I found I liked it less than the Ultimate Edition, more than the Theatrical Version and left me wanting to see an edit where Batman kills Superman. It is very professionally edited and my partner didn't even know it wasn't the original film as I only told her after we watched it. A solid fan edit, but I think I've been indoctrinated by Snyder's penchant for muddled storytelling and shells falling in slow motion, both of which I look forward to in HBO’s upcoming Justice League.
Excellent edit of the movie and makes it 100x better than the original theatrical cut. I always felt that the story was overly complicated by missing plot points and details (partially fixed by the ultimate edition) but this edit makes it so much more simple and understandable. Being able to easily follow the plot made the movie so much more suspenseful and the drama between Batman and Superman so much more palpable. SPOILER ALERT ******** I like that the Doomsday ending was left out as it was so superfluous to the rest of the plot. My one complaint with this edit was that it felt TOO SHORT. I get that part of this was due to Doomsday being left out but the ending felt a little too rushed for me. For example, after the infamous "Martha" scene the movie cuts directly to batman getting into his plane to save Superman's mom but leaves out the part where they discuss who is going after who which makes the cut so abrupt and leaves you wondering why he decided to go save Superman's mom rather than Superman doing it himself. Now I understand that Lois' dialogue mentions the Scout Ship but perhaps her dialogue could've been cut and Batman's dialogue also cut to simply say "They need you". In addition, I don't remember exactly how it went in the original cut but I wish there was a more smooth way to transition from Martha being saved to Lex being in prison. That part also felt abrupt. Also, why cut out Batman jumping from his Bat-plane??? I was so disappointed not to see that because it was badass and one of the few highlights of the original. Lastly, was there anyway to include a little bit more Superman? I think the while the brooding Superman was overdone there were some beautiful moments in the Ultimate Edition that made a lot of honest sense with everything that's happened. Him seeing his father on the mountain was one of those moments. Perhaps there's a happy medium somewhere Superman can die and truly have HIS moment in the movie but have the movie as coherence of this cut as well as the superfluous Justice League seeds left out.
Anyways, those are my few complaints and I'm not sure if any other way was really possible but either way I appreciate this movie so much more now. Snyder did have some amazing scenes shot incredibly well but the way the movie was cut could've made so much more sense. Also loved the ending with Superman surviving and joining Lois. That was a perfect ending for him. Such a shame that it took a fanedit to get it right but I guess that's the world we live in. This movie was near and dear to my heart as I followed all of the news leading up to its release so thank you for redeeming it for me!
Let me start by saying I did not care for the unedited version of Batman Vs. Superman, nor am I a huge fan of either character. That said, I enjoyed this fantastic edit from start to finish. The edited story is much simpler, easier to follow, more mature, and satisfying. Chalk up another movie saved by fan editors. Highly recommended.
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.