An attempt at a Man of Steel 2 edit from me, combining BVS with Josstice League. Beginning with the great debate about Clark’s place in the world, removing the Doomsday fight after the nuke goes off, and omitting Clark’s revival by the Motherbox (he just gets better on his own), I also moved “the world is introduced to the Superman” to after the funeral for some late additional context to Bruce’s motivations.
March 18th…and what a time to be alive if you worship at the alter of the almighty Zack.
I can’t say I’ve always been a fan of Snyder’s movies, I liked Man of Steel right up until the ending, and Batman v Superman is a little too try hard edgy for my tastes, but I cannot deny the man’s creativity and boldness, never too shy from giving fans a more ambitious vision for how to put together superhero films.
I am glad, despite my reservations, that the Snyder cut of JL is proving a big hit with critics and audiences as well as it’s devoted faithful who championed it’s cause for so many years.
So what about the Whedon cut? Well, let’s put it in perspective, it always suited a filler evening on the CW more than a movie theatre, so in this instance I’m putting it where it belongs, as an alternative season finale for Smallville, using the episode “Commencement” as the skeleton and JL as the meat. Sorry Henry, this is Welling’s time to take his place among the great ones, rofl.
Inspired by SouperboyX, with special thanks to Firemerk and SDN Editions.
Here are my thoughts, having viewed the whole thing (spoilers)
Let’s get the obvious out the way first…WOW
Now onto the meat of the matter.
I’ve seen edits that alter narratives many a time, but the sheer amount of narrative changes he put together for this is just mesmerising. He took stuff from later episodes, deposited them at earlier points in the series, and somehow it all fits together. This is a testament to not just how diligent he is at episodic research, but also shows Smallville is full of moments that can fit just about any scenario with a few touch-ups.
I was very surprised at how quick he got Tom in the suit, moments after the fortress was formed even…but I suppose that was to be expected considering the pace of the remaining Kryptonian’s arrival. We’d had two hours plus of build-up, so by this juncture the audience have licked their lips long enough so serve up the main course!
How you structured Lois and Clark’s relationship to begin as work colleagues rather than as close friends from high school was a fine comics accurate-touch, and it allowed Lois to really peak in her element as a feisty, determined intrepid reporter digging as far as she can down the rabbit holes.
Lex’s journey was the most consistent from what we know of his tv portrayal, a few minor creative tweeks and omissions, but the themes are all there and the whole story plays out fairly straight forward, right up until the fortress invasion, that was a treat, I felt Lex and Jor-El never truly having a confrontation was a major element Smallville missed taking true advantage of.
I don’t think there’s too many things to critique, at least things he might already be aware of himself (I noticed a repeated frame in part six during the Crosby and Marth conversation), perhaps there was one too many dream sequences for my liking too, some parts of that confused me, particularly during the Lana and Teague fight, and Lex at the fortress…I know “Arctic” doesn’t give anyone a whole lot to work with, but I’m having some issue understanding what Kara rescued him from, I thought it was going to end with him being transported to the Phantom Zone until the scene with Kara.
I’ve had moments altering narratives in edits where I feel it made more sense in my head than anyone elses’, rofl. If he can explain these things, I’ll have an easier time understanding the decisions and choices.
Overall, Man of Steel provided some tender meat to a pleasantly functional skeleton, everything fused together, and those little issues noted above aside, I will state with great enthusiasm this guy has stitched together the best fan edit of 2020, and definitely one of the best Superman edits of all time. This is what Smallville was always capable of being, it has the best Superman cast, the best ‘young’ depictions of the characters, and is a great spin on the hero’s journey template.
I hope this edit inspires others, as much as it inspires me, to be more creative with their own editing projects and dare to think and do different.
Hopefully any kind of sequel won’t take up another seven years, but then, perfection cannot be rushed!