Zack Snyder details Batman v Superman Ultimate Cut
Word broke last week that an R-rated version of Batman v Superman exists and would be released as the “Ultimate Cut” later this year. We don’t know what to expect from the Batman v Superman Ultimate Cut, but now director Zack Snyder has opened up why this extended version was created, telling EW:
“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. 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.”
We learned yesterday that Jena Malone’s “secret character” was cut from the theatrical version but will appear in the Batman v Superman Ultimate Cut. That being said, Snyder isn’t ready to reveal who she’s playing just yet.
“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.”
Snyder went on to detail some of the things added in the Batman v Superman Ultimate Cut, including a world-building Easter egg.
“There’s a couple, like, Ahman Green, the running back from the Green Bay Packers, he’s in it. And C.T. Fletcher is like this bodybuilder muscle-guru from Compton, this awesome guy. He’s amazing, and he’s in it. And then there’s just a lot of these Easter Eggs in the Director’s Cut that I think are gonna be fun for everyone….There’s one giant one that I won’t tell you about yet that speaks to what’s gonna go on in the greater Justice League universe.”
Producer Charles Roven spoke about the intensity of the movie’s fights, which will be ramped up in the Batman v Superman Ultimate Cut.
“There’s not a lot of blood in our movies. 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.”
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will arrive in theaters on March 25.