If you’re not familiar with the Ultimate Cut of BvS, it’s very similar to the Snyder Cut. Essentially, it’s the Director’s Cut showing the version of the movie that Zack Snyder originally planned. Featuring way more fleshed out characters, more consistent tone and more harsh violence/language. Basically, a massive improvement over the theatrical release in every way.
Turns out, we’re not the only ones who agree with that sentiment. Fans on social media are losing it and praising HBO Max for this decision.
Zack Snyder has become pretty much tied to the term Directors Cut over the course of the last couple of years. Whether it’s films like Watchmen which saw nearly a full hour of extra footage tied into it. Arguably it raised the quality of the storytelling and increased fans appreciation of the film overall.
Sucker Punch, one of the films that most people try to ignore, even gets improved by its extended cut. Maybe not to an extent that we’d recommend watching it, but it’s still a nice improvement over the original.
Even his films like 300 get better with extended director’s cuts. He’s just proven that he understands filmmaking on a different level, but gets hamstrung by studio meddling and normalcy.
No exception to the rule, Batman V Superman’s Ultimate Cut is a massive improvement over the original cut.
Then, when movies like Watchmen came out, people argued that we didn’t need a three hour superhero movie. And now it has all come full circle, people want longer movies, director cut material and more expressive tones. Maybe it’s just because it’s such an unusual demand for a more casual genre.
Superhero movies like Batman V Superman are something of a rarity. We say this in the nicest way possible, but movies like Civil War and Wonder Woman are extremely easy to follow. They ask deep questions but hide it under bright colors and fast paced story telling.
Whereas filmmakers like Snyder want to make you think and pay attention for 3 plus hours of a runtime. Perhaps it’s not that it’s a rare trait for filmmakers to have, maybe Snyder just has the downside of being a nerd like the rest of us.