It was about 2 weeks ago that, after the unimaginable success of Deadpool, Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice was set to get an R rated cut later this year. Although little is known of this Ultimate Cut Zach Snyder has let us know why it was created;
“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.”
We also found out on Thursday that Jena Malone’s character was cut from the theatrical version and it likely to appear in this Ultimate Cut. No one knows who she will be playing yet and Snyder has kept things secret of course. “I think we should keep it private” said Snyder “She’s definitely not Robin or Batgirl. I’m happy to say that.”
With the addition of new content and whats likely to be nearly 30 minutes of extra footage, going by the three hour statement earlier, it is likely this extended cut will be filled with many little hints and extras that we will not get to see in the theatrical version. Snyder himself explains that; “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 also talked about the ultimate cut compared to its theatrical version. In particular the fighting scenes, which naturally will be far more severe in the R rated version.
“There’s not a lot of blood in our movies.” Said Roven, “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 in Batman 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.”
It sounds like the film we really want to see this month is the R rated version, we may have to wait quite a while for it though.
Batman v Superman: the Dawn of Justice (theatrical version) will be released on 25th March 2016.