Not long ago came word that the digital home release of Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” will sport an R-rating – not a PG-13 like the theatrical version set to hit cinemas in three weeks.
Speaking about what’s dubbed the “Batman v Superman Ultimate Cut” with EW, Snyder explained why this extended version was built:
“I’m a parent of young kids, and I feel like I wouldn’t want to have a Batman v Superman that I couldn’t show to my younger kids, But on the same token, as an adult, I like to see movies that are R-rated. I think nowadays because we have so many means of distribution and ways that we can do different things, it’s the creative solution to a creative challenge. You can have multiple versions and I can show my son and my daughters this movie and feel confident that the stuff isn’t too crazy, and then grownups can see larger version, [which is like] the red-band trailer. They can see the more adult version of that movie.
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 confirmed that Jena Malone’s character in the film, which was cut from the theatrical version but will appear in the Ultimate Cut, is “definitely not Robin or Batgirl” which shoots down the most popular theory about Malone’s involvement in the project. Indeed it seems ‘Robin’ is being saved for the upcoming “The Batman” solo movie, DC’s Geoff Johns saying in the article it will explore the death of Robin prior to events in ‘Dawn’ and that “no one says specifically the name of which Robin that is.”
Snyder also spoke about some of the things added in the longer cut including one juicy “Justice League” element:
“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….There’s one giant one that I won’t tell you about yet that speaks to what’s gonna go on in the greater Justice League universe.”
Producer Charles Roven added that much of the rating has to do with the “amount of intensity” in the film, and so with the movie going longer but maintaining its level of intensity it “might cause the ratings board to shift their rating.”
The theatrical version hits cinemas March 25th. No word on a release date for the ‘Ultimate Cut’.