You can read the full article over at The Hollywood Reporter, but this is a topic I have discussed on a few podcast episodes of late and thought I would follow it up with some news about the Batman V Superman:Dawn Of Justice R Rated cut.
Its no secret (although it should be) that the PG-13 Batman v. Superman Dawn Of Justice will get an R-rated DVD
Take a look at these exerts from The Hollywood Reporter chat with Zack and Deb Snyder
What was the mindset behind the film being PG-13 in theaters but R-rated on DVD?
DEB 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.”
ZACK 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.
I still believe that its a good thing that we are getting a longer version of the film at some point, but also believe that its a massive marketing mistake to let people know about it. I know at least a small handful of people who arent going to visit their cinemas to watch Batman v Superman because they dont want to see a ‘cut film’ and whilst there is an argument to say its not a cut film but we are getting a longer version in the future. It still means that when we see the film this month (if we see it) then we are missing out on footage that we know has already been edited into a longer version to grab our money when the film hits home release. The same thing happened with Ridley Scotts KIngdom Of Heaven and yes I know the non secret longer versions of Lord Of The Rings and its follow ons didnt exactly damage the theatrical box office takings. I really do wish the longer version of Batman V Superman was kept secret until after the theatrical run. Of course thats just my opinion and am sure the world of the internet will disagree. Who knows.