Batman v Superman Ultimate Edition Replaces Theatrical Cut on HBO Max

By Pierre Chanliau Posted:
Batman and Superman with the BvS logo in the center background

The release of HBO Max hasn't been the smoothest compared to other streaming services with reviews reflecting this . But, one of the biggest outcries from subscribers, specifically DC fans, was the sudden removal of dozens of DC titles just a month after the service launched.

However, an HBO representative was quick to comment about how "We have a new batch coming in July and then another batch coming in August," and that new batch has seemingly been released on the streaming service for this July.


It has been pointed out by Jeremy Conrad and others that HBO Max has removed the theatrical cut of Batman v Superman and replaced it with the Ultimate Edition.

Additionally, Warner Brothers has also added every classic Superman movie, including Superman Returns .


Before fans jump the gun about the theatrical cut of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and think this is some kind of condemnation of that cut, it's simply about streaming licenses expiring or the conditions of those licenses forcing this to happen. In fact, the removal of this cut was announced a month ago alongside dozens of other DC movies, including the continuously lauded Wonder Woman .

So, considering the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Ultimate Edition is a different cut of the movie, it likely has a different streaming license separate from the theatrical cut.

As for the addition of all the Superman movies, again, they're on there likely due to how their streaming licenses were written or previous agreements finally ran out. Despite HBO Max having a shaky start, especially with the availability of some of their movies and shows, these additions should help tide over fans until Zack Snyder's Justice League is eventually released next year.

- About The Author: Pierre Chanliau
Pierre Chanliau began as a news & feature writer for The Direct at the site's launch in 2020. As a longtime reader of superhero comic books, Pierre's knowledge of Marvel and DC is extensive, informing his reporting and editorial pieces regarding the MCU and DCU.