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Details on the R-rated cut of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

03.04.2016

Last month, the MPAA announced that the extended cut of BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE had garnered an R rating for “sequences of violence.” Public opinion has been pretty split on whether or not we really "need" an R-rated Batman/Superman flick, but Entertainment Weekly has just gotten some details on what's actually contained within. For instance, Jena Malone's character has been cut entirely from the theatrical cut of the film. Read on to see what some of the cast and crew think!

Ben Affleck on the R-rated cut:

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. 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 [the] larger version, [which is like] the red-band trailer. They can see the more adult version of that movie.

Zack Snyder on Jena Malone, and other characters that have been cut:

I think we should keep [Jena Malone's character] private, but it’s nothing that’s been talked about. She’s definitely not Robin or Batgirl. I’m happy to say that. 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. 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 regarding the violence of the R-rated cut:

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.

So does that do anything to sway your opinion or excitement about the R-rated cut of BATMAN V SUPERMAN? Granted, we haven't seen the movie so it's hard to tell how "intense" things get, but if it's not a bunch of gore or F-bombs, I'm curious to see what was so extreme that the MPAA deemed it R-worthy. In the end though, I just hope it's a good film. If either cut lives up to expectations then we're in good shape!

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE opens on March 25, 2016.

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1:35PM on 03/06/2016

Good to hear

Glad this was announced pre theatrical release, now I can hold off on seeing it until the eventual blu ray release, which will likely be in July/August.
Glad this was announced pre theatrical release, now I can hold off on seeing it until the eventual blu ray release, which will likely be in July/August.
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9:46AM on 03/05/2016
Batman Arkham Knight went from Rating Teen to Mature because of where the places Batman had to go. It was more on what tragedies happened that took the game to a dark place. That's why an R rated BVS doesn't bug me. Maybe it's the same way. Going from the dark scenes in Arkham Knight with Jason's death and doing the same thing in BVS.
Batman Arkham Knight went from Rating Teen to Mature because of where the places Batman had to go. It was more on what tragedies happened that took the game to a dark place. That's why an R rated BVS doesn't bug me. Maybe it's the same way. Going from the dark scenes in Arkham Knight with Jason's death and doing the same thing in BVS.
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4:46AM on 03/05/2016

Stick to what works

MoS was gloomy and emo already as a PG13 movie and an R-Rated cut would be mind-blowingly depressing. Besides, these guys are supposed to be "role model characters" because I can't picture Superman yelling something like "I fight for TRUTH, JUSTICE AND THE MOTHERF@#!!% AMERICAN WAY, B!THE$!!!"

As for Batman going apeshit trying to extract info from a low-level thug by pounding his face to bloody pulp at same time going full blown Hostel/Jigsaw-levels of torture on his ass, might be...
MoS was gloomy and emo already as a PG13 movie and an R-Rated cut would be mind-blowingly depressing. Besides, these guys are supposed to be "role model characters" because I can't picture Superman yelling something like "I fight for TRUTH, JUSTICE AND THE MOTHERF@#!!% AMERICAN WAY, B!THE$!!!"

As for Batman going apeshit trying to extract info from a low-level thug by pounding his face to bloody pulp at same time going full blown Hostel/Jigsaw-levels of torture on his ass, might be... "interesting"
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1:05AM on 03/05/2016

If it's good, then great!

If I see the PG-13 version and really enjoy it, then having the opportunity to see a longer cut that's more tilted to adults would be a great way to see it again (whether that's in theaters or on Blu-Ray). But it only matters if the movie's good. If they're making an R-rated version as a gimmick because they don't think the PG-13 is good enough, then the whole thing is going to suck.

Seriously, how can you possibly mess up Batman vs Superman with Wonder Woman and Doomsday in it? You'd
If I see the PG-13 version and really enjoy it, then having the opportunity to see a longer cut that's more tilted to adults would be a great way to see it again (whether that's in theaters or on Blu-Ray). But it only matters if the movie's good. If they're making an R-rated version as a gimmick because they don't think the PG-13 is good enough, then the whole thing is going to suck.

Seriously, how can you possibly mess up Batman vs Superman with Wonder Woman and Doomsday in it? You'd have to be a complete idiot.
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11:34PM on 03/04/2016
I'm down for any and all directors cuts. I just like getting the "whole picture" whenever it's possible, especially if they are cutting entire characters out for the theatrical version.
I'm down for any and all directors cuts. I just like getting the "whole picture" whenever it's possible, especially if they are cutting entire characters out for the theatrical version.
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12:28AM on 03/05/2016
I agree. I love director's cut, unrated versions, alternate cuts, and etc..
I agree. I love director's cut, unrated versions, alternate cuts, and etc..
6:44PM on 03/04/2016
As the post below me states, the 3rd Hobbit movie was also rated R, and it was mostly due to CGI blood and other similar effects. Probably the same case here. I actually like the idea of extended cuts for blu-ray, like Jackson did with LOTR. Then the director can add some scenes that fans of the source material can appreciate, but aren't really integral to the main flow of the story.
As the post below me states, the 3rd Hobbit movie was also rated R, and it was mostly due to CGI blood and other similar effects. Probably the same case here. I actually like the idea of extended cuts for blu-ray, like Jackson did with LOTR. Then the director can add some scenes that fans of the source material can appreciate, but aren't really integral to the main flow of the story.
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4:24PM on 03/04/2016
Don't forget: the extended edition of the 3rd Hobbit movie was rated R. Probably falls along the same lines of the intensity of the violence.
Don't forget: the extended edition of the 3rd Hobbit movie was rated R. Probably falls along the same lines of the intensity of the violence.
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4:02PM on 03/04/2016
I'm a little confused. Was it rated R on its first screening and toned back for theater, and R on disc? The reason I think deadpool's success plays a role in this is a lot of DVDs have versions that haven't been screened and are therefore "unrated/uncut," and it makes us think it's so bad it didn't get a rating when it just wasn't screened. Idk why they don't just do that
I'm a little confused. Was it rated R on its first screening and toned back for theater, and R on disc? The reason I think deadpool's success plays a role in this is a lot of DVDs have versions that haven't been screened and are therefore "unrated/uncut," and it makes us think it's so bad it didn't get a rating when it just wasn't screened. Idk why they don't just do that
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4:20PM on 03/04/2016
It got a seperate rating back in September.
It got a seperate rating back in September.
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3:33PM on 03/04/2016

Sounds good!

I struggle with what movie ratings and content that I can/want to show my kids. I personally would love a more brutal version to watch myself.
I struggle with what movie ratings and content that I can/want to show my kids. I personally would love a more brutal version to watch myself.
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1:43PM on 03/04/2016

Batman says Fuck twice...

No joke, the reason they are going to give the second cut for dvd an R rating is language. They can say Fuck once and keep PG-13. But twice = an R.
No joke, the reason they are going to give the second cut for dvd an R rating is language. They can say Fuck once and keep PG-13. But twice = an R.
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2:11PM on 03/04/2016
no sorry, they can say it more than once, it depends on context. It can have a sexual connotation only ONCE though. What it more than likely is, is a more BRUTAL Batman, so while we may see him inflict pain on some criminals, in the R rated cuz, we will probably see broken bones etc.
no sorry, they can say it more than once, it depends on context. It can have a sexual connotation only ONCE though. What it more than likely is, is a more BRUTAL Batman, so while we may see him inflict pain on some criminals, in the R rated cuz, we will probably see broken bones etc.
3:20PM on 03/04/2016
@Mecha. Did you read the article were it said it will add Jena Malone's character among others, meaning there will be more story. That story could involve a romance between Bruce and Jena's character.
@Mecha. Did you read the article were it said it will add Jena Malone's character among others, meaning there will be more story. That story could involve a romance between Bruce and Jena's character.
3:46PM on 03/04/2016
I don't think theres a romance between Bruce and Jenas character. Infact I believe theyve implied a romance between Diana and Bruce (with each one knowing about each others identity but not knowing the other knows about their identity)
I don't think theres a romance between Bruce and Jenas character. Infact I believe theyve implied a romance between Diana and Bruce (with each one knowing about each others identity but not knowing the other knows about their identity)
6:35PM on 03/04/2016
The MPAA's ruling explicitly said that the R rating is for "scenes of violence". So, basically, no, language isn't the reason.
The MPAA's ruling explicitly said that the R rating is for "scenes of violence". So, basically, no, language isn't the reason.
1:42PM on 03/04/2016
Nothing really out of the ordinary. The only difference is usually they get released on a DELUXE DVD/BluRay release as unrated or even just the Directors Cut. This time they submitted it to the ratings board is all.
Nothing really out of the ordinary. The only difference is usually they get released on a DELUXE DVD/BluRay release as unrated or even just the Directors Cut. This time they submitted it to the ratings board is all.
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1:09PM on 03/04/2016
Sounds like a cash grab to me.
Sounds like a cash grab to me.
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3:33PM on 03/04/2016
What?!! Cash grab? Whatever do you mean?...:)
What?!! Cash grab? Whatever do you mean?...:)
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