‘Batman v Superman’ Gets R-Rated DVD Director’s Cut

Batman v Superman
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“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is going even darker for the DVD.

A director’s cut of the upcoming superhero movie received an R rating from the MPAA, according to a bulletin released Wednesday by the Classification and Ratings Administration.

The cut, titled the “Ultimate Edition,” differs from the PG-13 version set for release March 25. The “Ultimate Edition” will have a Blu-ray release when the film hits the home market, showcasing extended sequences of violence – the reason for the new rating.

Director Zack Snyder is no stranger to releasing harsher Blu-ray versions of his films. Snyder’s adaptation of “Watchmen” was released to the home market with a more grisly version than the one that opened in theaters in 2009.

“Dawn of Justice” is not the first superhero film this year to shy away from PG-13 content. The record-breaking action film “Deadpool,” starring Ryan Reynolds as the title character, featured strong violence and language throughout. Despite its R rating, the Merc with a Mouth earned a stunning $152.2 million in the movie’s opening Presidents’ Day weekend.

“Wolverine” (2013) received an unrated Blu-ray release as well.

“Man of Steel,” the 2013 Superman film, was packed with fight scenes and received a PG-13 rating — so audiences can expect more destruction and blow-swapping between the two superhero giants, played by Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck, when the film is released on Blu-ray.

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  1. Bill B. says:

    If too many people read about this, they just might wait for the DVD.

  2. James says:

    So, you’re mentioning this before the movie is even released in theaters, why?

  3. LM says:

    Someone mentioned this elsewhere, but is this a marketing scheme? If the movie isn’t well received, it’s because it had to be cut? Or, is the studio trying to get the “Deadpool” audience to see this movie (concern over ticket sales)?

    “Deadpool” is unique, as he’s always been foul mouthed and violent. That’s not Superman, so what the heck is Snyder doing to this good guy of a superhero?

  4. Me says:

    I hope Bruce Wayne didn’t do what Nick Dunne did in “Gone Girl.”

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