Deadpool seems to have started the trend of R-rated superhero films, with Warner Bros. announcing that Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is going to have a three-hour, R-rated director's cut for its DVD release.
Many are wondering if this decision by the studio will have any real rhyme or reason for the people who matter most: the fans.
Director Zack Snyder explained to The Hollywood Reporter:
"The why of that is [the DVD version] is a half-hour longer, and some of that additional material is some of the stuff we took out for the rating. I was like, 'Cool, I can put it back in for the director's cut.' There was nothing by design. This was the material I just put back in, and then when [the MPAA] looked at it again, they were like, 'Oh, now the movie's rated R.' And, by the way, it's not a hard R. There's no nudity. There's a little bit of violence. It just tips the scale."
Zack's wife, producer Deborah Snyder, also had this to add:
"Online, everyone's like, 'Oh, they're doing an R-rated in reaction to Deadpool,' and you're like [laughing], 'We didn't just shoot it last week, and we also didn't edit it last week.'"
While an R-rated version might seem like something new, usually these decisions are made long before the film makes it to the cinema. Deadpool's success, however, is a good indication of just how well Dawn Of Justice is likely to perform as a restricted movie.
[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]