The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is responsible for rating most films that have a theatrical release and many that have DVD releases as well. While the theatrical release of Batman V Superman will still be PG-13, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition has been rated R for “sequences of violence.” This essentially means that the blu-ray release of the movie will have an R-rated take obviously for more graphic violence.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a director’s cut from Zack Snyder. In years past he’s had an extended edition of Watchmen, a nearly 3 hour film (2 hours and 42 minutes) to begin with, but many fans agree that the directors cut of Watchmen is superior to the original film which clocks in at 3 hours and 6 minutes. Where I am impressed and intrigued is that there’s also an Ultimate Cut of Snyder’s Watchmen that clocks in at 3 hours and 35 minutes. Let’s put that into perspective.
This week we found out that Batman V Superman’s run time is already 2 hours and 31 minutes, which is longer than any Marvel film and just a little shy of The Dark Knight Rises 2 hour 35 minute run time. The budget of Batman V Superman is an astronomical 410 million dollars, whereas most big budget hollywood movies run somewhere around 200-250 million. Something tells me that this “Ultimate Edition” is brimming with even more content.
I think this is excellent, we get an R-rated experiment, the first time there’s a live action R-rated Batman movie. Also the film is already loaded with tons of DC characters, from many rumors we know we will see Aquaman, The Flash, Cyborg, but even Green Lantern. And who knows, perhaps Jared Leto’s Joker will show up as the character is referenced in possibly killing a Robin or doing something that shakes up Batman. We will continue to bring you more coverage of Batman V Superman and we’ll have a review ready about a week before the film releases.