BATMAN V SUPERMAN Producer Denies R-Rated Home Video Cut is in Response to DEADPOOL Success

Director Zack Snyder and his producing partner/wife Deborah spoke with THR about the upcoming release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Deborah specifically addressed the idea of the R-rated home video release as a reaction to the box office success of the R-rated Deadpool:

"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.'"

I'm not saying that she's lying, but I do want to point out that there's plenty of time before the final edit needs to be made for home video. I'm sure the decision was made to make the theatrical cut PG-13 a long time ago, and maybe that's what she's getting at here, but I think it's very feasible that the studio saw the reaction to Deadpool and said, "Yeah sure, go ahead with an R-rated cut for Blu-ray."

Zack added:

"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."

The director has already said that fans can expect the Blu-ray and DVD R-rated version to include a "giant" Easter egg that has something to do with Justice League, as well as deleted scenes involving Jena Malone's character, who was cut from the theatrical release (here's who she's reportedly playing).

Lastly, I just wanted to point this out because I thought it was strange. Snyder was asked whether he's ever annoyed by the comparisons between DC and Marvel films, and he said [emphasis mine]:

"No. You have these two giant comic book powers, and it would make sense that they would in some ways be compared to each other. It's like comparing Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge. Like Star Wars and Star Trek. Those are things that you could compare, but no one ever does. Those [DC versus Marvel] conversations are fun for the Internet. But in truth, it represents such a small group of people who are actually versed in the difference between DC and Marvel. The average moviegoer doesn’t know. Like my dad would be, 'Is Spider-Man ever going to be in any of your films?'"

I get his larger point — I think a lot of our parents and the average moviegoers are the same way — but saying that Star Wars and Star Trek "are two things you could compare, but no one ever does" is downright insane because it happens all the damn time. Like, I've been a part of probably twenty conversations IRL about it, and written maybe 10 articles about that on GeekTyrant alone. It's one of the biggest geek conversations out there. I have no clue how Snyder could think that no one ever compares those two. It's like saying no one ever compares Apple and Windows — it's an almost hilariously false statement.

You can read more in the full THR interview. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice arrives in theaters on March 25th.

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