Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was one of the lengthier superhero movies. Clocking in at 151 minutes, the blockbuster packed in a lot, from Batman and Superman’s quarrel to teasing the formation of the Justice League. Well, despite all that was included, there was also a fair amount that didn’t make the final cut, but soon we’ll get to see it. Shortly before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hit theaters. it was announced that an extended R-rated cut would be released on home media, and now it’s been confirmed that this “Ultimate Edition” will be a tad over three hours.
This revelation comes from a posting on the Swedish site Cdon.com that lists the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice “Extended Version” Blu-ray at 181 minutes. Listed above that is the theatrical cut, and next to that entry, it says that the home release comes with 120 minutes of bonus features. So if you enjoyed the second DC Extended Universe entry and are eager to see even more material included, you’ll have a full three hours of it to bask in it, followed by those bonus features afterwards.
The main reason for the “Ultimate Edition” being rated R is for added action and violence that were a bit too intense to fit the PG-13 rating the theatrical release received. Along with some extended scenes, this cut will also reincorporate several cut characters, including Jena Malone’s, who is strongly rumored to be Barbara Gordon. We also speculated that this version might include the murder of Jason Todd at the hands of The Joker. A dead Robin was touched upon in the theatrical release, but no details were provided, so seeing what went down would be informative, though still horrifying.
Despite mostly earning negative reviews, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice does have its share of supporters, and as of this writing, it’s grossed nearly $854 million worldwide. The home release sales will boost those numbers up further, though whether they’ll be enough to push it past the $1 billion mark is uncertain. It was originally reported that the “Ultimate Edition” would be released on July 16, but that was later debunked by Warner Bros. Given how many blockbusters nowadays make it to Blu-ray and DVD between three-five months after arriving in theaters, our best guess is that fans will be able to buy it in early August at the latest, just in time for Suicide Squad. That’s assuming, of course, that the rumor of a theatrical release is false.
We’ll keep you apprised of when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, both the theatrical and “Ultimate Edition” cuts, will be available for physical and digital purchase, but for now, you can look forward to the main DC heroes joining forces when Justice League: Part One hits theaters on November 17, 2017.
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