Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice originally opened with an expected PG-13 rating. The film was very dark and grim – not much different from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, in my opinion. The tone was vastly criticized, however, especially for a Superman film. These complaints also hampered Man of Steel.
Now the Ultimate Edition has premiered with an R-rating. Let’s be clear – the R-rating is a bit of a head-scratcher for me, in much the same way that Warner gave R-rated extended cuts to Terminator Salvation and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, neither really warranting it.
The Ultimate Edition of Batman v Superman really isn’t a harder cut version of the movie. I noticed the inclusion of one F-bomb, the addition of burned bodies in the Africa scene and a blood splatter in Batman’s big fight against Luthor’s assassins. As for added brutal violence, in comparison to the theatrical cut, I didn’t notice much. Consider the the R-rating more of a marketing gimmick than anything.