After Deadpool made waves with its record-breaking box office numbers, proving that R-rated superhero movies can work when done well and when they make sense, Warner Bros. announced that there would be an R-rated director’s cut of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice released with the film’s blu ray. Chalk it up to poor timing if you want, but fans were not happy with the news.
After all, who wants to see a movie with Superman be rated R? That just doesn’t work really, and fans were quick to point that out, wondering if Warner Bros. was either being too committed to their dark tone, or actually trying to cash in on Deadpool‘s success. Either way, it’s not very good news.
While recently speaking with EW though, director Zack Snyder elaborated on what would be different about the rated R cut, revealing that the director’s cut actually includes more cameos and entirely new characters that were cut from the theatrical version, including Jena Malone’s mystery character:
“I think we should keep it private, but it’s nothing that’s been talked about. She’s definitely not Robin or Batgirl. I’m happy to say that.”
Fans have been speculating that Malone could be playing Batgirl, Robin, or a whole assortment of characters in the film, so the reveal that no one’s guessed her character yet is interesting, to say the least. She must be important enough to have included her at all, but not to include her in the theatrical version.
In fact, Snyder said that he was more concerned with cutting things down in the film than anyone else, revealing the film’s run time to be around 2 hours and 22 minutes, plus the credits:
“We were just like, ‘Okay, look. We’re not making a three-hour movie. I mean, even I didn’t want to make a three-hour movie. I drove the cuts probably harder than anyone. The studio, they were willing to let the movie indulge pretty hard. But I felt like it’s at a manageable two-and-a-half hours. Let’s also not forget the credits are super long, the end credits. So the movie’s closer to two hours and 22 minutes.”
Snyder also revealed that the director’s cut will include even more Easter eggs and connections to the expanded DC Universe than the theatrical version:
“There’s a couple, like, Ahman Green, the running back from the Green Bay Packers, he’s in it. And C.T. Fletcher is like this bodybuilder muscle-guru from Compton, this awesome guy. He’s amazing, and he’s in it. And then there’s just a lot of these Easter Eggs in the Director’s Cut that I think are gonna be fun for everyone.”
Producer Charles Roven was quick to clarify that the director’s cut won’t be rated R because of blood or foul language like in Deadpool though, but that the film would rather have a level of intensity that would cross the PG-13 line:
“There’s not a lot of blood in our movies. The ratings board also judges their PG-13 and R ratings by what they consider to be a level of intensity and how much that intensity goes throughout the entire movie. There are some pretty intense scenes inBatman v Superman, and if they went on longer and had that same level of intensity, that might cause the ratings board to shift their rating.”
I still don’t entirely see the need for the director’s cut if I’m being honest. Batman v Superman already feels overstuffed with cameos and DC world building, that I can only imagine how much might be included in an extended, R-rated version. If the actual film itself comes out and is received overwhelmingly positively though, the desire to see a longer cut of the film may increase, but as of right now, an R-rated movie with Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman just feels pointless.
Isn’t it usually after the movie itself comes out, that we start hearing about director’s cuts anyways? Because it doesn’t make much sense to take attention away from the actual theatrical version of the film, for an extended cut that will be coming out months from now.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25th.
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