Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman film was the second film in the DCEU after 2013’s Man Of Steel and it featured the debut of Ben Affleck’s Batman as he was pitted against Henry Cavill’s Superman.
The film was critically panned and it amassed $873 million at the box office, falling short of Warner Bros’ expectation of $1 billion. While an Ultimate edition of the film was released later on that fixed a lot of the film’s issues, the damage was already done.
While speaking to Vanity Fair, screenwriter Chris Terrio stated that the cuts to Batman v Superman ordered by WB executives undermined and ultimately sabotaged the film.
If you took 30 minutes out of Argo, as they were from Batman/Superman, it would make zero sense at all. Critics would say, ‘what a lazy screenplay,’ because the characters don’t have motivations and it’s not coherent. And I would agree with them.
It is evident that the cuts ordered by Warner Bros. in the DCEU films have ultimately hurt the DCEU in general. Justice League also suffered a similar fate until Zack Snyder’s version of the film finally got its release last month. We will have to see if the upcoming DCEU films will not have any cut content.