The “DC Extended Universe: Ultimate Edition” Conspiracy Theory

I really wanted Suicide Squad to be the movie that brought the DC Extended Universe out of its slump and be a home run. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. You could see a good movie desperately trying to get out but Suicide Squad was an incredibly messy movie. I loved the characters and the setup of having supervillains forming a, to quote Deadshot from the film, “some kind of a Suicide Squad” to take on threats is brilliant. However, the film falters when it comes to the actual storytelling portion. The pacing felt really odd and the way the individual scenes were strung together didn’t flow together in a cohesive manner.

Well, it looks like this is because the folks over at Warner Bros. ran amok with the editing scissors! You may have noticed that there were a lot of scenes in the trailers of Suicide Squad that didn’t make it into the final cut of the movie. But it’s not just those scenes that were excised from the theatrical release. According to Reddit, there were a ton of scenes that were edited out of the film. And I mean a lot!

It's better if you go to the Reddit article to see the list of edits.

It’s better if you go to the Reddit article to see the list of edits.

While I understand that some things have to get cut out to make a movie more palpable for the regular movie goer, some things that were cut seemed strange. They removed a lot of scenes that would flesh out Killer Croc. Rick Flagg and June Moon’s relationship seemed more developed. And, if you loved Jared Leto’s version of The Joker, well, he was supposed to be more prominent in the movie but a lot of his scenes were edited out as well. Even Jared Leto commented on how many of his scenes were excised from the final cut of the movie! I’m betting a lot of these moments will be put back into the film when Warner Bros. eventually releases Suicide Squad on Blu-Ray and DVD. I’m actually looking forward to seeing the “original” cut of the movie when it does become available for the home market.

If this all sounds incredibly familiar, that’s because it is! Oddly enough, this kind of thing happened with another movie based on a DC Comics property and one that’s strongly cemented into the DC Extended Universe, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice! Like Suicide Squad, Dawn of Justice had a bunch of scenes that were tossed aside. The result was a theatrical release that was incoherent at times. However, when Dawn of Justice was released on the home market, Warner Bros. made the right decision to give us the Ultimate Cut, which reinserted those key scenes back in the movie.

And, you know what? I have a theory that may sound like some crackpot, lamebrain scheme that sounds utterly ridiculous, but I’m going to say it anyway: Warner Bros. and DC Comics are intentionally making films in this manner. Sounds crazy, right? But, in a really strange way, it actually makes a lot of sense.

We all know that one of the reasons to get Blu-Ray copies of movies is because of the extra features. We love to watch the “making of” a movie, interviews with the cast. We enjoy listening to director’s commentary, deleted scenes and the like.After all, we already watched the movie on the big screen. Audiences will need a little extra incentive to shell out more cash just to get a movie in their collection. I mean, I waited for a long time to get my copy of Deadpool on Blu-Ray because I wanted to listen to Ryan Reynolds and Tim Miller gab on some of the scenes! And the wait was totally worth it!

Now, I’m not a huge movie collector. But Deadpool was a special exception. Not only was it a good movie but the dozens of extra features gave it that little nudge to push me over the edge to make me buy the Blu-Ray version. But, if you really think about it, I’m not getting anything new. Sure, I get to see a new added scenes but those extra minutes don’t really add anything to the final movie.

But let’s go look at what Warner Bros. is doing to the DC Extended Universe movies. We now know that Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was heavily edited at the behest of Warner Bros. to shorten the film’s original runtime of 3 hours to a more manageable 2 hour and 30 minutes. They couldn’t piece together a coherent story without those scenes so the resulting version we got at the movies made the characters seem like idiots because we didn’t understand their motivations and whatnot.

I guess they're not on speaking terms?

I guess they’re not on speaking terms?

When the Ultimate Edition of Dawn of Justice was released, Warner Bros. put back those scenes that were left on the editing floor and, you know what? The movie is definitely much better for it. The story was more coherent. Character motivations were much more clearer (except for Lex Luthor… he’s still idiotic in the Ultimate Edition). It’s still not that great of a movie… but it’s leagues better than the one we watched in the cinemas! And people ate up the Ultimate Edition! The Blu-Ray version (which is the only way to watch the Ultimate Edition) rose up to the number 1 spot of the sales charts when it was released! That’s pretty amazing, especially if you consider that not many people actually liked the movie!

And here comes Suicide Squad, another film that was butchered in the editing room and scenes that would’ve been important for character building left out. The film is still enjoyable but, like Dawn of Justice, the film is a disjointed mishmash of scenes cobbled together sloppily. You just know that, from the reception the film is getting, Warner Bros. will once again put out an Ultimate Edition of Suicide Squad that will put back these scenes into the film. And, if Dawn of Justice is any indication, Warner Bros. is going to make a killing if they do decide to release an Ultimate Edition of Suicide Squad.

They've already got the packaging ready!

They’ve already got the packaging ready!

Now, I do realize this sounds like a cockamamie plan but is it possible that Warner Bros. are now intentionally making sloppy edits to their DC Extended Universe films? Could they actually be releasing terribly cobbled together movies just as a 2-hour long commercial, a commercial that you pay to watch at that, for their Blu-Ray released? It sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? But that’s what makes it perfect! No one will be the wiser!

No one but me, that is.

What do you think of Warner Bros. releasing Ultimate Editions of the DC Extended Universe? Let me know in the comments section below!

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