In the wake of the success of “Deadpool,” Warner Bros. Pictures made the announcement that an R-rated cut of Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” would be making its way to the Blu-ray and DVD edition of the film.
The timing was unfortunate, mostly because it seemed almost like a kneejerk reaction from the studio to the huge success of the R-rated “Deadpool,” rather than what was simply a longer and darker cut of the film – something that Snyder has done with several of his films to date such as “Watchmen” and “Dawn of the Dead”.
In a new feature piece for THR, his wife and producing partner Deborah Snyder dismisses those notions, saying: “Online, everyone’s like, ‘Oh, they’re doing an R-rated in reaction to Deadpool,’ and you’re like (laughing), ‘We didn’t just shoot it last week, and we also didn’t edit it last week’.”
She also shot down rumors that the film underwent re-editing in the wake of the reaction to the early trailers: “No. When we had a locked picture, we didn’t change anything. We’ve been working on the 3D. We did the 3D conversion after the movie was done.”
Zack meanwhile has spoken about the extended cut which runs a full half-hour longer than the 151 minute theatrical cut:
“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.”
The filmmaker also isn’t concerned about criticism that the picture is too serious saying: “I just gave it the weight that it deserves as far as the mythological conformation. But it’s still a guy in a red and blue suit fighting a guy in a black suit. I mean, they’re in costumes. The movie is fun, and Batman fights Superman. If you can’t have fun there, then something’s kind of wrong with you.”
In related news, Warner Bros. Pictures has released six clips from the film along with a music-centric featurette offering new details about Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL’s individual themes for Batman, Wonder Woman and Lex Luthor in the film. There’s also a four-minute clip of B-roll footage as well.