Four years ago, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice hit cinemas. The film was a double-edged sword for Warner Bros., though. On one hand it made $873 million at the box office, but on the other it received a critical mauling, ending up at a lowly 28% on the Tomatometer. As a fan of Zack Snyder’s prior work (yes, even Sucker Punch), I went in with high hopes but left disappointed.
The pic’s reception tarnished Snyder’s reputation with Warner Bros., contributing to them removing him from Justice League and replacing him with Joss Whedon. And we all know how that worked out. But there’s a silver lining: later that year the Ultimate Edition director’s cut landed on home release, which adds back a lot of cut material. I was skeptical that more of something I disliked would make it better, but the Ultimate Edition completely reversed my opinion on the movie.
Since that released, the film has garnered a fanbase who argue that it’s deeply underrated. And, as such, they’re showing some love for the pic on its fourth birthday. Here’s just a selection from Twitter:
— Movies That Maher w The Viking (@MovieBuff100) March 25, 2020
I can't believe it's been 4 years. I've never been more hyped for a film and it exceeded my expectations in every way.
— Battman 🦇 (@BatmanFiles) March 25, 2020
— brandon ʬ⁸⁴ 141 (@clarksleague) March 25, 2020
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I don’t care about your opinions on this movie, but this is still one of my favorite CBM to this day. I didn’t know I needed a mistreated Superman and a broken Batman that much until I saw the movie. These are my favorite shots from the movie 🤍 #BvS4Years pic.twitter.com/sSKU6NghCJ
— ˗ˏˋ𝑪𝒉𝒆𝒍𝒔𝒆𝒂ˊˎ˗ 🕊 (@MOODIIBUNNII) March 25, 2020
To say this movie means the world to me is an understatement. It gets better with every rewatch and I truly truly believe it’s one of the best CBMs ever released. I love it and I always will. #BvS4Years pic.twitter.com/MWd4KRiTQX
— Skkrt Cobain (@nojuiceadriel) March 25, 2020
— Ben W 🐻 (@B_Dub3) March 25, 2020
— DC Films (@DCFUnited) March 25, 2020
If you’ve just seen the theatrical cut and didn’t like it, I’d recommend checking out the Ultimate Edition. I had to be dragged kicking and screaming to it, but it was well worth it. And let’s face it, most of us suddenly have a lot more free time.
In other Zack Snyder news, it seems that the Snyder Cut of Justice League is closer than ever before. The director has screened a rough version of his cut to close friends and there are rumors it’ll be the jewel in the crown of the HBO Max launch later this spring. If Snyder’s cut of Justice League is as much an improvement on the theatrical cut as the Batman V Superman director’s cut was, we should be in for a real treat.