Man of Steel : The Outsider Edit
Dawn of Justice Part 1

Bad Movies Made Less Bad Presents:
A more confident hero with boy scout morals almost to a fault. With a more emotionally intelligent Pa Kent and less time on Krypton.

Faneditor Name: Wakeupkeo

Original Movie Title:
Man of Steel

Original Release Date: 2013
Original Running Time: 143

Fanedit Release Date: December 2020
Fanedit Running Time: 115

Subtitles Available?: Yes

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Major Changes:

  • Krypton prologue now begins at Kal’s launch
  • Credit sequence from the great Man of Steel: A Symbol of Hope from Legendary faneditor TM2YC
  • Pa Kent doesn’t die for his idea, nor does he tell young Clark that he might have to let people die.
  • Bus incident moved to replace tornado incident, focus on “people afraid of what they don’t understand,” which is then re-emphasized by Perry and then again by Martha
  • Suit reveal moved to after discussion with priest to emphasis Clark’s overall decision to officially reveal himself to the world.
  • Innocent bystanders that might get hurt are removed as much as possible in Smallville battle as well as in Metropolis battle.
  • Clark contemplates the aftermath of his battle with Zod on a mountaintop with the memory of Pa Kent.

Editing Intent:

This Man of Steel edit tries to keep the spirit of the original movie, but also find the classic hero inside - to make Clark more like “the noble Superman I grew up with” (yes I am aware how extremely subjective that is). He is confident in his actions but remains hidden from the world due to his personal choice. With the arrival of Zod, Clark Kent must finally reveal himself. This is not an origin story, although his origin is retold. This is about the confident kryptonian boy scout we all recognize, and we watch as Zod forces Clark beyond his limits to save his adopted world.

When MoS came out, I was absolutely heartbroken - this didn't feel like the Superman I remember. When BvS was announced, I got on board with this Superman to see the movie of my dreams, or so I thought. Then I saw Batman killing people like I'd never seen before. Needless to say, I wasn't on board with "what they did to my boys."

And so my fanediting journey began. I was sure there were great movies buried in these blasphemous turds. I did a ton of work at the beginning, learning as I went. 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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