After years of fan activism dripping in hashtags, Zack Snyder’s Justice League has finally arrived, restoring something resembling Snyder’s original vision of his botched and maligned Justice League. In all its four-freakin’-hours-long glory.
This is pretty big news for the cape crew, but it’s not the first time a director has had the opportunity to revisit and reshape their film. Heck, it’s not even the first time a superhero film has gotten the treatment (see Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut) or even a Snyder flick (Watchmen got two extended cuts!).
There’s a rich history of directors—and sometimes producers and studios—tinkering with already released films. Sometimes to good effect, sometimes for ill. Here we’ll focus on the good, the below titles marking the very best directors cuts and extended editions around the traps.