I was not looking for something more Marvel- or Christopher Reeves-style, and if you are, you will not get it here.
What you will get is a masterful integration of MoS and BVS into a coherent and exciting narrative that thunders along and becomes something more than the sum of its parts.
What you will get are smart cuts, sharp focus, and real stakes. I am a Snyder fan but was happy to see a much shorter Krypton sequence, the removal of material that was neither needed (e.g. Superman having the Kryptonian codex) nor useful (e.g. Batman's bizarre reasoning that "if we believe there's a ONE percent chance that he is our enemy we have to take it as an absolute certainty") nor convincing (e.g. Pa Kent's decisions).
Wonder Woman plays a more low-key role for much of the movie, but it works. There is some toning down of Batman's violence and of the collateral damage in Superman's fights which I do not think was strictly necessary -- e.g. Superman did, in fact, kill Zod in the comics, not every movie 100% follows the comics anyway, as Marvel movies' reinvention of Thanos as a well-intentioned environmentalist shows -- but it still works.
It works well. Very, very well. Seriously. This is a brilliant edit.
What an improvement and accomplishment! It's now a masterpiece spanning from the birth to the death of Superman. I agree with the positive comments of other reviewers, notably the excellent incorporation of the tornado flashback to the Doomsday fight.
Detail on each of my ratings:
Audio/Video Quality: 7 stars
The HQ version was good, but did have moderate artifacts in heavy action and dark scenes.
Visual Editing: 9 Stars
At least one of the new opening credits felt rushed and not displayed on the screen long enough. There was just one brief but very noticeable video/audio glitch on the HQ version where the frame jumped. Overall, the edits were smooth and professional.
Audio Editing: 9 Stars
Audio transition to Jor-El's flashback was noticeable but not jarring. Overall the audio transitions were smooth and professional.
Narrative: 8 Stars
Narrative was overall a vast improvement. The rushed pace and some scene rearrangement/cuts did introduce somewhat of a "wait, what just happened!?" effect in some places.
Enjoyment: 10 Stars
Great job of the fanfixes, especially Zod's death. Great job of integrating the BvS material, especially the transition from Superman's anguish to Batman's anger following the battle of Metropolis. Wow!
The outstanding music integration should also be recognized, especially the music after Zod's death leading into Batman's brooding in the Batcave. Amazing!
A successful fanfix and fanmix, the best of both types of edits. Loved it!
I can't add too much that hasn't already been said here, other than to say this is a masterful job by Willins. Narrowing the movie down to some of the key themes and good ideas that Snyder presented in otherwise bloated affairs could not have been easy.
The flashback to the tornado at the Kent farm as a metaphor for Superman's battle with Doomsday, in particular, was genius. To me this read as Superman feeling a familiar level of fear: not for himself but for the world's safety and ultimately that of Lois and Martha. This added element puts a fine point on disproving Batman's theory that Superman doesn't qualify as being brave due to being a superhuman.
The removal of Batman killing is always a welcome change and it was handled well in this edit. As a result, he still maintains a certain level of anger and brutality while staying in control of himself.
Something that hasn't been mentioned is how well Wonder Woman was handled. In this edit Diana lurks in the background, and we only see her in passing until she emerges as the cavalry in the film's climax. For me this heightened one of BvS's already brilliant moments.
Neither she nor Lex Luthor come into direct contact with Batman or Superman early in the film. For Lex this adds to the idea that he is a clever puppet master merely biding his time.
I had a great time watching this. It felt like getting the best out both movies. Still hate it when superman hovers over the tanker when it's kicked to him and lets it explode the building behind him. Seemless video and audio and for two movies combined into one it didn't feel too long and pace was lot better than both original.
This edit manages the nigh-impossible, taking two of the most disappointing moviegoing experiences of my life and integrating them into what may be the best superhero film I've ever seen, certainly in the Top 5. This is largely accomplished (along with from the removal of the utter nonsensical bloat that made up most of BVS) by the shifting of Superman's relationship with his father, changing the nature of their conversations, and tweaking Jonathan Kent's ultimate fate. What the editor accomplishes by moving Pa's death-in-flashback to the climactic battle with Doomsday adds resonance to not just Pa's death, but to Superman's death, and to their relationship through the entire movie we've seen before. In the original cuts, both men's deaths were meaningless, morose spectacles, here they are thematic mirrors that amplify the emotion of a son following the heroic example of his father, and adds considerable weight to the denouement of the film.
With the thematic/plot elements of the movie reconciled, I'm able to better appreciate the things that Snyder partisans tout about his films, the painterly cinematography and urgent, unique action sequences. Not perfect (the "Martha" sequence still seems out of place and laughably grim -- if only Batman had learned Superman's mother's name a scene earlier directly from Ma Kent we might have been spared that nonsense), but make no mistake, this is less a fan edit than alchemy, and I'm grateful to JobWillins for working his magic here. This is the version of the movie that deserves to be remembered alongside the very best of the genre.