Fried Gold wrote:I think if someone didn't really like the cinematic edition, they're probably not going to be swayed by the "Ultimate Edition".
However, it does elucidate the game that Lex Luthor is playing which is worthwhile and makes he appear more powerful. Showing Clark Kent's journalistic investigation into Batman is interesting, but it begs the question: Why doesn't he just be Superman and find that stuff out?
It does feel noticably long though and a bit unbalanced. I actually thought it'd work well as three hour-long parts.
Fundamentally the movie is unchanged, so a lot of its problems (and merits) are still there, most notably Lex Luthor, who Jesse Eisenberg insisted was ruined due to editing but is exactly the same, as far as I can tell.
Still I would say there are enough aggregate small improvements to make me like Dawn of Justice
significantly better overall. The character of Superman is helped tremendously; he gets extra scenes with Lois, with his mom, is shown trying to save people after the Capitol bombing instead of moping and flying away, and doing journalistic legwork into the Batman problem in Gotham. Like you say, some of this stuff he could have more easily accomplished as Superman rather than Clark, but they're humanizing moments that keep him from getting lost in his own movie all the same. I also like it when it feels like the narrative has some room to breathe, rather than cutting out everything but the bare minimum needed to understand the story.
So yeah, I would say that the "Ultimate Edition" is a big improvement.