MOVIE NEWS – Almost 90 minutes of footage of Batman V Superman were cut from the film. What’s still funny, that at two hours and thirty-three minutes, you may also think that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was already too long. Still, if you don’t agree and want a longer movie, you’ll get your desire this summer when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment publishes the Batman V Superman R-Rated Ultimate Cut, which is nearly three hours. ProVideo Coalition exposed that the original cut of the film before any major scenes was reduced or removed entirely, was a massive four times. So if you felt something was omitted, it probably was.
Before Batman V Superman was released in theaters this past March, we heard a lot about the addition of Jena Malone to the crew. Chiefly, since director Zack Snyder declined to say about who she plays. Many thought that she takes on the role of Barbara Gordon, aka Batgirl, it finally didn’t matter, since all of her scenes were cut out from the movie. It’s now supposed that Jena Malone Batgirl’s character will be put back into the R-Rated Ultimate Cut, but that hasn’t been officially validated.
Still, Malone’s Batgirl character isn’t only one to be deleted from the final movie.
David Brenner, the editor of Dawn of Justice, told recently, that quite a bit of violence was axed to make sure that the film arrived to receive a PG-13 rating. To that end, a pretty huge Justice League Easter egg was cut from the movie, but its director, Zack Snyder hasn’t exposed what that is yet. What we DO know, however, that we can see more fight from the Batman warehouse rescue scene, and also more shots of Doomsday, that were considered too extreme. The scene with Jimmy Olsen’s in North Africa will also be extended.
“What’s fun is that we went back and did an extended cut where we put a lot of this [character] stuff back, and we refined it into the same rhythm as the theatrical release. So what was once a nearly four-hour cut with absolutely everything was ridiculous – ended up being about a three-hour cut, once all these added story lines were refined with the fat was cut out,” says David Brenner about the original cut and its run time.
David Brenner had to make similar cuts when he worked as an editor for Man of Steel back in 2012 and 2013. And it’s quite remarkable that he can still make a coherent version after cutting such a big chunk of the story. Man of Steel‘s first cut was more than three and a half hours long and was carved down to a more realistic two and a half hours. If you liked Batman V Superman but felt like something was missing, it seems that you should watch the R-rated Ultimate Cut. Right now, we still don’t have a confirmed release date. But the three-hour version is rumored for a limited theatrical release before coming home to DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Download.