The R-Rated Cut of 'Batman v Superman' Will Have More Justice League, Jena Malone

Was it really because of 'Deadpool'?

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At two and a half hours long, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice from Zack Snyder is a long movie to sit through. And yet, for the home release of the film on Blu-ray and DVD, there’s going to be even more in what is to be an R-rated version of the already dark and grim DC superhero movie. But what’s exactly going to be added, besides more set-up for Justice League — Part 1?

For one thing, it isn’t Superman ripping spines apart or Batman saying the F-word. In talking to the LA Times, Snyder explains the extended cut is more about pacing and adding what the Times describes as “a few extra shades” to the story. “I don’t think it’s about, ‘Oh, there’s more violence or sexuality.’ It just has more to do with the natural cadence of where you would cut or things you might stay on,” Snyder said to the Times.

Here are all the things you can expect to see in the extended R-rated Dawn of Justice:

  • A better look at Jimmy Olsen, who had a cameo early in the film (he wasn’t named) and suffered a controversial ending.
  • A better understanding of Jeremy Irons’ Alfred Pennyworth, with some explanation into his background as a British intelligence agent. It may explain why he knew his way around some of Bruce Wayne’s gizmos and toys.

Snyder also dismissed Batman v Superman having an R-rating because of 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool, another comic book superhero movie that made a killing both on screen and the box office despite — or because of — its hard R-rating.

“People are like, ‘Oh, Deadpool is rated R, so you wanted to be rated R,” Snyder described. “It’s not a conspiracy. We did this a long time ago.”

He added: “I’m like, ‘If we could react that fast to things, like, Deadpool would be in Batman v Superman because [Warner Bros.] would have made us put him in somehow.’ It would have been Batman v Superman — And Maybe Deadpool Is In There Too.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is out now on theaters and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in July.

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