With the release of Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” in cinemas this weekend comes word today of the version of the film people really want to see – the extended and R-rated cut which is coming to Blu-ray.
A July 16th release date has been set for the disc title (via Amazon) with Snyder himself going so far as to refer to this longer version of his film, a full three hours as opposed to the two-and-a-half hour theatrical version, as his ‘director’s cut’.
Speaking with Collider, the filmmaker says they’re referring to the longer version as the “Ultimate Cut”:
“We call it the Ultimate Cut because to me it’s a deeper dive into that world and there are storylines in there that get fleshed out by the longer version… I would say that we didn’t really take out much of the Superman/Batman story because I felt like, you know that’s kind of the movie, but there was some sort of interstitial stuff that surrounds the story, that kind of finishes some of the ideas that we trimmed back, and I think that’s what you get.”
Snyder also spoke about the stronger level of violence in the film, which earned the Ultimate Cut its R-rating from the MPAA:
“There’s a little bit of action, there’s a little bit of violence that we trimmed out for the MPAA that we put back. The Batman warehouse rescue, there’s a couple shots of Doomsday that were too intense. Then there’s a little bit longer ending, sort of the ending sequence, and the opening of the movie, the North Africa sequence is really much different.”
So why was it all cut out in the first place? Snyder says it’s purely a case of runtime:
“It was in there until very recently, so all of it’s finished. It was really just a function of time, to be honest. Because the movie’s long now, long-ish – I don’t think it’s long, but when you get over two and a half hours the studio starts getting nervous. I’m not James Cameron who is like ‘No it’s three hours, suck it!’, which is cool by the way. I just wanted to try and get it to a length that is work-able.”
No bonus features of the home video release have been revealed just yet.