There are 9 reasons to watch the extended R-rated version of 'Batman v Superman' (2023)

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There are 9 reasons to watch the extended R-rated version of 'Batman v Superman' (1)

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"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" is finally out on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday. If you were left underwhelmed by the theatrical release, Warner Bros. has put out an R-rated extended cut of the film which adds another 30 minutes to the movie.

Is the three-hour version of the movie worth it? Is it better?

While it certainly may clear up some confusion you have about the film, most of the extra 30 minutes is unnecessary.There's much more to the Middle Eastern scene at the film's beginning complete with horses and drones and sideplots with characters who didn't need screen time to begin with. Overall, it feels long, dragged out, and Batman and Superman don't start fighting until the second hour of the film. It's just exhausting.

For a version of the film that's being touted as an "Ultimate Edition," it's disappointing thereisn't even a commentary from the director. There are just some special features with behind-the-scenes looks at the Batmobile, Batcave, and characterswhich don't deliver any earth-shattering commentary. This is supposed to be a collector's item for fans, but if you're a fan of DC Comics, you know mostof this or have seen a lotof it online or inother interviews.

However, there are some highlights in the Ultimate Edition. Keep reading to see what's different in the R-rated version of "Batman v Superman."

1. You get verification that a character at the film's start is iconic DC character Jimmy Olsen.

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Remember that photographer with Lois Lane at the film's start who gets murdered at gunpoint? In the theatrical release we don't learn his name, unless you stayed around through the credits, but here he introduces himself to Ms. Lane asphotographer Jimmy Olsen.

Olsen was turned into a CIA operative instead of Lane's photographer, perhaps a nod to his CIA role in Mark Millar's 2003 comic,"Superman: Red Son."

Director Zack Snyder explained the character change toEntertainment Weekly.

“We just did it as this little aside because we had been tracking where we thought the movies were gonna go, and we don’t have room for Jimmy Olsen in our big pantheon of characters, but we can have fun with him, right?”

2. It's clearer that Lex Luthor orchestrated the events of the entire movie early on.

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Maybe Warner Bros. didn't want to make this reveal too obvious, but while you're watching theR-rated version of the film it's more clear that Lex Luthor knows the identities of both Batman and Superman early on — something which otherwise may take two watches to piece every detail and hint together.

The entire film revolves around him pitting the two against each other, something which doesn't become obvious in the PG-13 rated film until later in the film. Here, it's much clearer that it's Luthor invitingboth Bats and Supes to his gala to meet each other. We even learna woman who talks to the senate near the film's start is in cahoots with Luthor before he has her thrown in front of a train.Yikes.

3. There was a Jon Stewart cameo!

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One of the finer moments that was cut from the film is one which will probably find itself online after today. Stewart is still hosting "The Daily Show" and takes some shots at Superman.

"So apparently Superman doesn't want us to think of him as American anymore," Stewart says in a broadcast segment. "And really, why would we? Aside from the red and blue costume. And, I don't know, the fact that he has one-third of the USA's initials on his chest. I assume the only reason he's not wearing the Declaration of Independence as a cape is... He thinks it's too on-the-nose."

4. The big reveal of Jena Malone's mystery character is underwhelming.

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For the longest time, fans were convinced the "Hunger Games" actress would have a larger role in the film as Barbara Gordon or Batgirl. However, the R-rated version finally reveals that couldn't be more untrue.

It turns out she's just Jenet Klyburn, a scientist who helps Lois Lane figure out the origin of a mystery bullet from the start of the film. That's it!

Maybe we'll see more of her though since that comic character is a scientist at S.T.A.R. Labs.Comic fans know Cyborg, a hero teased in "Batman v Superman," has parents who worked for S.T.A.R. Labs.

5. Superman's crusade against Batman makes more sense.

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We keep hearing Superman's alias Clark Kent talk about the "bat vigilante" and how he needs to be stopped, buthis beef with the Dark Knight isn't really clear.

Here, we see Clark Kent dig into one of the people Batman brands and gets locked up. As a result of the branding, he is stabbed to death behind bars and Superman is pretty horrifiedthat this is a guy who's running around Gotham at night "fighting crime." Yeah, Batfleck has no chill and is kind of a jerk.

6. We learn why Superman couldn't detect the blast at the Capitol before it happened.

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One thing that upseta lot of viewers while watching "Batman v Superman" was the explosion scene at the Capitol. Superman wasrightthere, but somehow wasn't able to detect the bomb in the wheelchair and stop it from happening.

As someone who's a fan of "Man of Steel," I simply chalked this up to something Superman's mom told him in the first film. When he was young, he used to feel overwhelmed by all of the noise coming at him from every direction. He could see through people with his X-ray vision, he could hearsounds no one else could. It was overwhelming. In order to help him through his youth, his mom told him to make the world small and to only focus on certain things around him. I figured Superman just wasn't giving thought to the possibility of a bomb (though he should have been able to hear it regardless).

However, it turns out that wasn't the case. Lois Lane learns that the wheelchair that exploded was lined with lead, and that prevented Superman from seeing it. Lex Luthor knew Superman would be there and didn't want him to be able to detect it. While Superman has X-ray vision, he cannot see through lead.

7. You should watch that crazy time travel sequence with the Flash with the captions on.

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Remember when Bruce Wayne has that crazy "Mad Max"-like fever dream about an apocalyptic world run by a menacing Superman overlord? Afterwards, the Flash pops up to warn Bruce, presumably, about Superman and Lois Lane being the key to something unknown.

The great part is to watch the film with the captions on. When the Flash asks Bruce if he came too soon the words "grunts in annoyance" come on screen. It's pretty funny because it's difficult to tell the Flash is doing anything other than struggling to be stretched across time and space. He let's out a cry, sure, but it doesn't necessarily sound like one of annoyance. It sounds more like a shrill cry of pain.

And the grunting doesn't end there. If you watch the final battle scene between Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Doomsday it's full of the superheroes "grunting" and "panting." I found it amusing.

8. The conversation between Batman and Lex Luthor is more important at the film's end.

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Batman stops by to do more than simply ruffle Lex Luthor's feathers in prison in the R-rated version. While Lex let's Batman know he's aware it's Bruce Wayne under the cape and cowl, Batman tells Luthor he's heading to Arkham Asylum, the prison where all of Batman's favorite villains hang out from the Joker to Poison Ivy.

Is that a hint at where we'll see Lex Luthor at the start of the "Justice League" film?

I mention the Joker because there are some wonderful moments in DC Comics history where the two have teamed up against the Justice League. Since that film is on its way, it will be fun to see if that leads anywhere.

9. You get to see a slightly nude Ben Affleck and a shirtless Henry Cavill.

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Look, maybethat's your thing. Maybe it's not.

But if you came to "Batman v Superman" wanting to see some Bat butt then the R-rated film delivers. When Wayne hopsin the shower before he drives off to Lex Luthor's event, the camera lingers momentarily on his backside.

With Cavill, there's a slightly extended scene of his character, Clark Kent, andLois Lane in a bathtub early on. Clark gets in the tub, splashes water all over the apartment, and takes his top off. Swoon?

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