Leaked Plot Details from Batman v Superman: Ultimate Cut Explain a Whole Lot

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 - 3:10PM
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Tuesday, 14 June 2016 - 3:10PM
Leaked Plot Details from Batman v Superman: Ultimate Cut Explain a Whole Lot
Fans and critics alike had many complaints about Batman v Superman, but most of them fall under one general umbrella: the entire plot makes no goddamn sense. From the outset, the inciting incident in the desert is completely unclear, Lex Luthor's plan is sketchy at best, and Doomsday's origin is straight-up ludicrous. According to leaked spoilers from the Ultimate Cut, the extra footage goes a long way towards solving these problems (or two out of three at least).

The Ultimate Cut hasn't come out yet, but it leaked online earlier today for a short period of time. According to CBM, this edition explains several gaping plot holes in the theatrical cut, especially Lex Luthor's role in the story. First, it's made clear that Superman did not, in fact, kill anyone in the desert, but that the real killer burned the bodies to make it look like Superman did it with his laser vision. Second, it's revealed that the woman who testified against Superman in court was an actress paid by Lex Luthor, who was later murdered by Luthor's men when she confessed to Senator Finch.

In general, Lex Luthor is the mastermind of the entire story, as it's also made much clearer that Scoot McNairy's character was not a suicide bomber, but Lex planted a bomb in his chair. (I would have guessed that from the theatrical cut, but it was more ambiguous.) This all sounds like an improvement, but then again, it makes Luthor's plan even more ridiculously elaborate than it was in the theatrical cut, and it undercuts the "critique of superhuman power" theme considerably if Superman was only criticized because Lex went out of his way to frame him. But I suppose that's the least of the movie's problems.

The extended cut also reveals Jena Malone's character, who is reportedly "a nobody," just a S.T.A.R. labs scientist who doesn't have any major ties to the comics and plays a minor role in Lois' already-pointless magic bullet subplot. However, they don't mention a name, and the actress still isn't listed on the film's IMDb page, so there's still a chance that she's a significant character from the comics who was given a weird introduction.

There are a few other tidbits, such as an extended scene for the dearly departed Jimmy Olsen, a few more heroic scenes from Superman so we remember that he's sort of a nice guy, and of course, more Batman violence that makes the movie rated R. I'm not sure anything could save this movie completely, but it sounds like the extended cut may be a slight improvement.

Batman v Superman: Ultimate Cut comes out digitally on July 18 and on Blu-ray on July 19.
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