The Batman v Superman Ultimate Edition will be released soon on Blu-Ray and for digital download, but an SD version of the extended cut has already been leaked online. According to this Redditor, the Ultimate Edition is available on CinemaNow (which you need an account for).
As we already knew, the Ultimate Edition added in 30 minutes which, to someone who found it difficult sitting through the 153 minute theatrical version, may seem daunting. However, the good news is that the Ultimate Edition doesn’t just further bloat the running time, it rearranges scenes for clarity and pacing purposes. The editing was a major criticism of the theatrical version so it’s relieving to hear that they’ve actively tried to improve it.
Here’s a few spoilers from the Ultimate Edition.
The JL setup is still the email scene (unfortunately). Dan Ambroyer, rumoured to be Green Lantern, is actually playing a nameless drone pilot who is in it for about five seconds.
There is nothing to do with The Joker.
There is no significant addition during the Knightmare sequence, apparently just 10-15 seconds of extra footage.
The following are the assembled thoughts of commenters on the Reddit sub who have watched the leaked version.
R-rated content: “The gun violence in Africa is bloodier. The warehouse scene has a few more punches, I think an extra broken arm (not graphic). Guy hit with crate has blood when his head hits the wall. Some blood mist on shot of Batman when he’s hitting the guy on the ground. Batman punches guy pinned to wall.”
Lex Luthor’s motivations become clearer and more sensical: “To a viewer it’s more obvious earlier on that Lex is manipulating things. But it’s mostly little things, such a Perry telling Clark he was requested by an unknown person to cover the Library event, or how KG Beast arranges for the branded guy to get killed after being transferred to a Metropolis prison, which makes it more obvious that Lex sent the photos to Clark. Things like that.”
The ‘Communion Scene’: “It’s between final shot of Superman dead and Lex getting his head shaved. After Perry sees the newspaper there’s 3-4 shots of an empty Daily Planet, empty streets, coffee shops, etc., implying that the day of the funeral is a national day of mourning. The main Daily Planet staff (Perry, Jenny), Pete, the Priest and a woman who is supposedly Lana are at the Kent funeral. Generally it’s cut a bit longer. Priest has a speech at the gravesite reading about the resurrection from the Bible (people wanting subtlety here will be frustrated). Pete tells Martha she doesn’t need to worry about the funeral costs as an anonymous donator has it covered. This is when we see the pan that reveals Bruce standing back from the gravesite as Lois continues to mourn.”
Here is a screenshot from the leaked Ultimate Edition: