Coming off the success of Fox's 'Deadpool', 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' was revealed to have a n R-rating version known as "Ultimate Director's Cut' coming on blu-ray.
While this version of the film existed long before 'Deadpool' premiered, Entertainment Weekly reveals Warner Bros. Executives were confident enough to release this mature cut after seeing the success of the previously mentioned film.
While fans are divided concerning two of the most famous superheroes in the world having a mature version, Ben Affleck understands both parts:
“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.”
Affleck makes it clear that the PG-13 will always be available as an alternative:
“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.”
WHAT WE CAN EXPECT IN THE ULTIMATE DIRECTOR'S CUT
Currently, it has not been revealed how long the director's cut will be in comparison to its 2-hour-31-minute theater counterpart.
Zack Snyder said he looked to Peter Jackson's 'Lord of the Rings' expanded versions for inspiration. He thought the blu-ray and digital versions of the film could have bonus material:
“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.”
One of the biggest cuts from the theatrical version of the film is Jena Malone's mystery character, unfortunately, she's destined to remain a mystery at least in the coming months:
“I think we should keep it private, but it’s nothing that’s been talked about. She’s definitely not Robin or Batgirl. I’m happy to say that.”
According to Entertainment Weekly, some of the material included in this new edition contains spoilers, so they opted not to reveal it. However, we do know more characters that have met the editing axe will come back for the extended cut, as Snyder says:
“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.”
They also reveal some of the additions are teasers for upcoming movies, such as 'Justice League: Part One' coming in 2017. Snyder had this interesting comment to share:
“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.”
So, all of this information is great but what's in a lot of people's minds is:
WHAT MAKES THE MOVIE R-RATED?
While some us of thought that meant extreme violence, one of the producers for the film, Charles Roven, had this to say:
“There’s not a lot of blood in our movies. 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.”
Sources tell EW that Warner Bros. is still very much focused on having the widest possible audience for their DC films, including the upcoming, Will-Smith-starring 'Suicide Squad', which Roven confirms will be PG-13:
“I think right now we’re going for the PG-13. I don’t know that that’s going to materially change. We can give that movie the edge that it needs and still maintain a PG-13.”
In my opinion, this is a very smart way of thinking. Not because one property has success having certain qualities, means every single one after it has to follow the same model.
Ben Affleck also mentions how pleased he is about the superhero genre becoming so embraced to the point where it can sustain different types of films:
“These movies have definitely evolved from being comic books for children aimed at kids. Now they’re the most mainstream movies made, the most successful, the most widely viewed movies these days. Clearly there’s a big enough audience. I think it’s cool. Why not have an R-rated version that you release for download or on DVD later? I think that’s smart.”
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