I bought the director's cut when it came out due solely to Ralph's review of the AV. I didn't know anything about the story, characters, etc. I have to say that the movie is, in my opinion, exceptional. Full of "heroes" that are anything but, and an ending that doesn't cater to the hollywood feel good formula. This movie doesn't fall into the usual "comic book" movie genre, but if that's how the masses see it, then i think it's one of the best ever made (alongside Dark Night of course.) I still watch this movie once every couple of months.