There's nothing necessarily new about a movie having a director's cut version released soon after its theatrical release. The director's cut is ideally the edited version of a film that represents the filmmaker's approved edit. This would also include extended run time and more explicit scenes that would have otherwise precluded an audience-friendly rating. A director's cut insinuates the possibility of movie studios editing films in such a way that doesn't always align with the director's intended vision.
On some occasions, this revisited version can make up for a movie that didn't have a well-received theatrical release. Batman v Superman: Ultimate Edition is a good example. The cinematic release met with mixed reactions from both critics and fans. However, the extended/director's cut was generally lauded as a better, more complete film in comparison.
This brings us to #GuardiansoftheGalaxyVol2. Director James Gunn was asked via Twitter whether this sequel to the 2014 box office hit would receive a director's cut:
While this might be disappointing news to some fans, it wouldn't be the first time a director has said something similar. Recently, director David Ayer was asked if the theatrical version of Suicide Squad was his version. He said in an interview with Collider:
"This [theatrical] cut of the movie is my cut, there’s no sort of parallel universe version of the movie, the released movie is my cut."
We have more reason to believe there will not be a director's cut of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 because there wasn't much of a need to do so with the previous film. If Marvel Studios and #JamesGunn have a solid relationship, then we can take Gunn at his word. Besides, Guardians of the Galaxy was a huge success, so there's no reason to believe #Marvel would interfere with Gunn's proven vision. You don't fix what isn't broken.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 is released to cinemas on May 5. Tell us about your favorite or least-favorite director's cut in the comments section below.