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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has just hit the Digital HD marketplace with its Ultimate Edition, and already the world is starting to respond to its presence. However, if you're one of the fans that are still a little iffy as to whether or not they want to see a three hour cut of Zack Snyder's superhero team-up film, then you're in luck. The first 10 minutes are available for your perusal, and can be watched below. Let's see if you can spot the differences.
Movieclips Extras released this new look at the extended opening to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. If we're being truthful, this opening barely qualifies as extended. The reason being that as far as we can tell, there isn't a lot of footage added into the captivating opening to DC's first film since Man of Steel. As far as we can see, the only real additions to the opening to Batman v Superman are a few extra shots of destruction, an extra cut of Jack in the Wayne Tower building during the destruction of Metropolis, and some more footage of Bruce Wayne wandering through the dust of the city.
So far, this footage is upholding cinematographer Larry Fong's first hot take on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's Ultimate Edition treatment, as he stated that the brand new cut wouldn't exactly win over new converts who walked out of the theater disappointed. However, there is something that this extended opening is good for, and that's enticing folks who have refused to see the film in theaters to give the picture a go.
To be fair, while Batman v Superman is a film we struggle to remember enough to parse out the differences in both the theatrical and Ultimate cut, the opening sequence that show Bruce Wayne's backstory is one of the best damned parts of the film. While the minute details to the Ultimate Edition's opening might not convince those who've seen the film to return, it's still a showcase for the film's better nature.
Of course, judging the entire Ultimate Edition cut of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice by this opening sequence alone is like judging a film solely on its cover art. With about 30 minutes of the film re-instated in this new R-rated cut, there could be enough new material to sway some swing voters in the decision on whether Batman v. Superman was a success or a stinker. It certainly wouldn't be the first time that Zack Snyder made a film that required some breathing room to really hit its stride.
After all, Watchmen's theatrical cut was serviceable, at best, which made us all the more surprised to see that the Watchmen: Director's Cut version of the film was a much better paced experience. That film's additions also clocked in at around a half hour or so of new footage, so for that reason alone, we'll hold off total judgement until we've seen the film ourselves.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - Ultimate Edition hits Digital HD retailers today, with the physical copy being released on July 19th. Though you're going to want to stay tuned to Cinema Blend throughout tomorrow, as we'll have a couple of pieces diving deeper into the new material in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.