As BATMAN v SUPERMAN nears its theatrical release, the next big thing on fans' minds coming out of the film will naturally be, "What scenes were cut out?" After all, the film hasn't necessarily been received well by critics, so one would likely be left to wonder if these scenes would actually make it a better film.
Either way, we'll be left to wonder until the film actually hits Blu-ray. In a recent interview with Collider, BATMAN v SUPERMAN director Zack Snyder talked at length about the R-rated cut of the film, and why he calls it the "Ultimate Cut."
“We call it the Ultimate Cut because to me it’s a deeper dive into that world and there are storylines in there that get fleshed out by the longer version… I would say that we didn’t really take out much of the Superman/Batman story because I felt like, you know that’s kind of the movie, but there was some sort of interstitial stuff that surrounds the story, that kind of finishes some of the ideas that we trimmed back, and I think that’s what you get.”
“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.”
Perhaps what's most relevant to us here at LR is the potential for the "ending sequence." In one of our scoops, we revealed that Bizarro was going to show up in the film at some point, though it looks like the character hasn't made the theatrical cut of the film. Will he make it into the ending sequence of this R-rated cut? We'll have to wait and see.
But why did he need to cut these scenes?
“It was in there until very recently, so all of it’s finished. It was really just a function of time, to be honest. Because the movie’s long now, long-ish—I don’t think it’s long, but when you get over two and a half hours the studio starts getting nervous. I’m not James Cameron who’s like ‘No it’s three hours, suck it!’, which is cool by the way. I just wanted to try and get it to a length that is work-able.”
We'll have to wait and see just how much the extra half-hour adds to the film.
BATMAN v SUPERMAN hits theaters tonight!
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