In the wake of the release of Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” this weekend came word over the weekend that the three-hour ‘Ultimate Cut’ version will hit disc on July 16th. Speaking about the extended cut with Collider, Snyder says the main Superman and Batman stories won’t have much more of the main characters – rather it’s about fleshing out some of the smaller details:
“There was some sort of interstitial stuff that surrounds the story, that kind of finishes some of the ideas that we trimmed back, and I think that’s what you get. There’s a little bit of action, there’s a little bit of violence that we trimmed out for the MPAA that we put back.
The Batman warehouse rescue, there’s a couple shots of Doomsday that were too intense. Then there’s a little bit longer ending, sort of the ending sequence, and the opening of the movie, the North Africa sequence is really much different. It was in there until very recently, so all of it’s finished.”
One of those scenes has now been posted online by the studio – a scene with Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor standing in the crashed Kryptonian ship’s water as a SWAT team heads in. It looks like essentially his capture by the authorities, but before he is we see him learning about a creature holding Apokolips technology – the Mother Boxes which were used to turn Victor Stone into Cyborg.
In related news, the film’s final box office figures are in with the estimate being lowered slightly to $166.1 million. The new figure means it keeps all its records bar one – it is no longer the largest domestic opening for Warner Bros. ever – that remains “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” with $169.2 million.