The majority of superhero films these days have been rated PG-13, especially the mainstream ones. That is, with exceptions like the recently released Deadpool. Ever since that movie came out people have been more accepting of R-rated comic book flicks. Well, it looks like that dream is really coming to fruition for you hard-R fans.
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is in charge of assigning ratings to a film due to its content. While the theatrical release of Batman v Superman will be PG-13, the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition has gotten an R-rating due to “sequences of violence.”
This is both surprising and unsurprising at the same time. Along with the rest of you, I honestly didn't think that there was enough extra footage to make it rated R — but at the same time, it is directed by Zack Snyder. The man is known mostly for his R-rated flicks, including comic book ones like 300 and Watchmen. It's safe to assume this Ultimate Edition is the home extended cut where Snyder had to edit out some scenes.
I can only assume this is because of some Batman fighting scenes, as he has been described as "Judge, Jury, and Executioner." I'm guessing there will be extended sequences in the fighting scenes in the desert or the warehouse; or hell, even with Superman. I guess Superman really will bleed, a lot.
The really exciting thing about this is that it may open up the doors for a potential R-rated Batman movie; or even R-rated movies for other DC characters. Only time will tell.
Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' opens on March 25th.