Batman v Superman Is Getting an R-Rated Director's Cut

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Does Superman bleed? He might. He might bleed a hell of a lot more in Batman v Superman’s home video release—which has surprisingly been rated R.


News broke late last night of a rating from the MPAA for the Batman v Superman: Ultimate Edition, labeled for home release, and as an unedited, different cut from the PG-13 movie that will be released in theaters next month. It’s maybe not surprising to hear that the movie has a longer version, considering that many have speculated just how Snyder and his team managed to cram so much into the film.

The theatrical release is already two and a half hours long though, so the Director’s Cut could end up in Lord of the Rings extended edition territory, but we don’t know just how much extra footage is in for now.

It’s unlikely that the film goes too far—the R is just for violence—but still, it’s a bit of a shock to see the film have a cut that warrants the rating bump. Presumably, this cut was in the works long before Deadpool became a box office success. But given the timing, it’s hard not to draw comparisons between this and Wolverine 3's recent R-rating announcement. Maybe James Gunn was right, and Hollywood will learn all the wrong things from Deadpool.


I have to laugh at the people who thinks BvS filmed all new R scenes because of Deadpool’s success last week. The movie finished filming a year ago and the R rating appears to be given some time last year as well. I don’t even know if this bluray is getting a release because of Deadpool, since it’s not an official announcement from WB.

I don’t really trust the MPAA anyway. For all we know, you can go from R to PG13 just by cutting a second from a punch connecting with a face, or a few specks of blood.