BvS : The Consequences Edit
Dawn of Justice Part 2

Bad Movies Made Less Bad Presents:
The definitive "No Martha" edit.

Faneditor Name: Wakeupkeo

Original Movie Title:
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Original Release Date: 2016
Original Running Time: 182

Fanedit Release Date: December 2020
Fanedit Running Time: 131

Subtitles Available?: Yes

Reviews are not required but they are really and truly appreciated. 

Major Changes:

  • Remove the Africa incident and change public reaction to events of MoS.
  • Better establish the classic Kryptonian boy scout in the first Act.
  • Remove Batman killing people when possible (he still “lets” bad guys die, but doesn’t kill outright)
  • Refine Lex into a better villain – less weird, more obviously paranoid, less daddy issues, more calculated (i.e. making Doomsday as a backup plan more understandable.)
  • Clarify the conflict the world has with Superman – its all about fear.
  • Batman doesn’t actually see the future, does not see the Flash (I promise to update if the Flash movie is ever released!)
  • Change Batman’s moral return to be prodded by fear and the similarities to his parent’s killing - not the realization that their mothers have the same name.
  • No foreshadowing of Superman’s resurrection.

Editing Intent:

Ugh! The theatrical release was... frustrating, to say the least. This was the movie that I have worked on the most, due to the "Martha" issue. Tons of small edits like removing the "bats levitating young Bruce" moment, and integrating some of the Batman Begins origins in. 

My fanediting journey began because of Mos and BvS, my passion project. I did a ton of work at the beginning, learning as I went, and my skills were terrible, but I could not stop trying for some reason. After the first year, I was happy with the result, taking out all the parts of the movies I didn't feel matched the characters I wanted. I showed my better half, and her response was that all the characters felt flat, lacked depth. At the time, I thought there was no solution for this due to the source materials. By this time I had also seen TM2YC's amazing MoS edit and Mr. Blue's equally amazing BvS edit. I recognized that I was beating a dead horse, and retired the effort. Their edits are the gold standard, and every faneditor worth a lick already has their own edit of these movies, so I decided to put my edits on a shelf.

Or so I told myself over and over again. I would constantly revisit my edits however, watching them at least once a month and making at least 5 new revisions each and every time, always with an intent to bring more character development and depth to my heroes. OCD if there ever was one. But it was also the greatest hobby for me. I design for a living, working within deadlines and creating the visions of others. Fanediting has allowed me to pursue my own artistic vision, on my own timeline and to the exacting vision I that have, not the client's. I do think the broader audience opinion matters, but its much like my personal art in other mediums I have done in the past.

When Zack Snyder announced his Justice League were on their way, I was once again excited, knowing I may yet again be disappointed. But my little pet MoS and BvS projects had given me new appreciation for the movies, as I now know pretty much every frame WAY too well.

My better half asked what the ZSJL hubbub was all about, and when I mentioned her reaction to my edits a couple years ago, she gave me a completely blank look, not remembering already watching them. So I showed her the edits as they existed at that point. And... she loved them! I brought up the character development issues from the past, but she said she didn't notice them now. Validation. These new edits were not the same as my first attempts.

Next up was to make my friends watch. Most of them liked the movies much better than the original, but one friend had this to say: "If the Martha Name Trivia scene is still in the BvS movie, there is no saving this franchise." And he still wouldn't watch. I told him it was hopeless, and that I think he'll like everything else about the movies. Still a hard "NO" from him, who is even a comic book collector.

I took to Reddit next, sharing my edits there as I was still not an approved editor on this site. Lovely complements, and lots of fans and followers, but not the real constructive criticism I was looking for.

And so, my OCD kicked in again. Over the years and especially since the pandemic, these movies have been polished and honed repeatedly. They have been compared with the original films again as well as the TM2YC, and Mr. Blue edits as well, for any remaining opportunities. Over the past three years and countless viewings, every viewing revealing more opportunities for making the edit just a little better, I now have two edits I can watch completely though without feeling the need to adjust anything.

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