In case you missed it, Batman v Superman’s DVD/Blu-ray version will have an R-rated counterpart. It was assumed that the cut would be a substantial one, especially after we learned of Jena Malone’s character being completely removed from the film.
Director Zack Snyder has now spoken out about the R-rated cut, which he revealed will add thirty minutes to the film’s already hefty 2 hours and 22 minute runtime, without credits.
“[The DVD version] is a half-hour longer, and some of that additional material is some of the stuff we took out for the rating. I was like, ‘Cool, I can put it back in for the director’s cut.’ There was nothing by design. This was the material I just put back in, and then when [the MPAA] looked at it again, they were like, ‘Oh, now the movie’s rated R.’ And, by the way, it’s not a hard R. There’s no nudity. There’s a little bit of violence. It just tips the scale.”
No big deal, we’ve heard this before. Remember when the ESRB gave Batman: Arkham Knight a ‘Mature’ rating? It too was due to the violence, previously unseen in the series. That appears to be the case here as well. The difference is Rocksteady’s decision to release the game; the story they were telling couldn’t afford the title to be cut down to a ‘Teen’ rating. Time will tell how it works out for Batman v Superman.
When the R-rated cut was outed by the MPAA, many jumped to the conclusion that it was WB’s response to Deadpool’s unprecedented box office success. Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder’s wife and producing partner, has quelled said rumors. Snyder and Co. scrambling together an R-rated cut of the film a month after Deadpool’s release is completely implausible; the film and its director’s cut was finished long before Fox’s latest hit theaters, she noted to The Hollywood Reporter.
What do you think was so violent that it had to be cut for the film to retain a PG-13 rating? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice begins screening in theaters March 25.
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