Entertainment Weekly received the exclusive on the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice R-rated “Ultimate Edition” extended cut, director Zack Snyder, producer Charles Roven and actor Ben Affleck (Batman) weigh in on what fans can expect from it. In which Snyder confirms that Batman v Superman is actually 2 hours and 22 minutes once you remove the end credits.
“We were just like, ‘Okay, look. We’re not making a three-hour movie. I mean, even I didn’t want to make a three-hour movie,” Snyder says. “I drove the cuts probably harder than anyone. The studio, they were willing to let the movie indulge pretty hard. But I felt like it’s at a manageable two-and-a-half hours. Let’s also not forget the credits are super long, the end credits. So the movie’s closer to two hours and 22 minutes.”
Synder talks on Jena Malone’s role in the film, that was cut from the theatrical release:
“I think we should keep it private, but it’s nothing that’s been talked about,” Snyder says. “She’s definitely not Robin or Batgirl. I’m happy to say that.”
Batman v Superman producer Charles Roven talks on the R-rating:
“There’s not a lot of blood in our movies,” he says. “The ratings board also judges their PG-13 and R ratings by what they consider to be a level of intensity and how much that intensity goes throughout the entire movie. There are some pretty intense scenes in Batman v Superman, and if they went on longer and had that same level of intensity, that might cause the ratings board to shift their rating.”
Ben Affleck on the idea of releasing R-rated versions of comic book films to home video:
“These movies have definitely evolved from being comic books for children aimed at kids. Now they’re the most mainstream movies made, the most successful, the most widely viewed movies these days,” he says. “Clearly there’s a big enough audience. I think it’s cool. Why not have an R-rated version that you release for download or on DVD later? I think that’s smart.”