The magnum opus that is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is now upon us. With all the new characters and concepts the film needs to introduce in order to light a fire underneath the DC cinematic universe, the movie’s two and a half hour runtime is probably not too surprising to most. But, as we know, there’s a three-hour R-rated version already on the horizon. One has to wonder what were the pieces that were taken out. Well, as you can probably guess since the Ultimate Cut will be rated-R, there will be a bit more violence, but now we know where it will be.
Now that people have started to actually see Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s a bit easier to speak in a bit more specific detail about what we’re talking about when it comes to which scenes will be longer in the Ultimate Cut. Zack Snyder spoke with Collider about which scenes had to have the violence reduced in order to obtain the theatrical PG-13 release.
There’s a little bit of action, there’s a little bit of violence that we trimmed out for the MPAA that we put back. The Batman warehouse rescue, there’s a couple shots of Doomsday that were too intense. Then there’s a little bit longer ending, sort of the ending sequence, and the opening of the movie, the North Africa sequence is really much different.
The warehouse scene most prominently seen in the final trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is probably the marquee action sequence for Batman in the film. It’s already one of the grittier parts in the movie, so we can imagine that if that scene were any darker or more violent, an R-rating might be justified. It’s also nice to know that the longer version will include more of the film’s opening North Africa sequence. Without delving into spoiler territory, the sequence is key to the plot of the first half of the movie, and honestly, it feels a bit rushed in the film as it is.
We know that there was more than just action that was cut out of the film. Jena Malone’s entire character was edited out of the movie. Was she part of the North Africa sequence, and/or the ending bits that were removed? Since we’re not even entirely sure what character she plays, it’s difficult to even guess. We’re also curious how a longer ending may add anything to the setup for future movies. We won’t go into why it matters here, but jump over into the spoiler section if you want to talk about the possibilities.
If you’ve seen Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice are you excited to see even more of it? Or, did you think the theatrical release was already a little too long?