Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice was regarded as something of a flop when it was released earlier this year. Not only did it fail to gross over $1 billion, which was expected of the blockbuster, eventually only taking in $872 million, but it was also critically mauled by journalists as it amassed a Rotten Tomatoes score of just 27%.
But all is not lost for the blockbuster. That’s because Zack Snyder has been working on an r-rated cut of Batman V Superman for the last couple of months.
And now Larry Fong, who has worked closely with the filmmaker as his cinematographer throughout his career, took to Twitter on Friday to tell his followers that “everyone will love” the new cut:
This is actually a slight change in tune from Larry Fong. That’s because he previously took to his Twitter account to remark that fans of Batman V Superman will like the new cut, while those that hated it will still take umbrage with it.
Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice’s Ultimate cut, which will finally be released on Digital HD on June 28 and July 19, is set to include 30 minutes of brand new footage from the blockbuster, most of which was deemed too explicit for audiences.
It also means that we’ll get to see Jena Malone’s character for the first time, too. The Sucker Punch and Inherent Vice actress’ performance and character was cut out of Zack Snyder’s final edit of the film, but it’s already been confirmed that she will be involved in the R-rated version.
Speaking about the reasons for releasing an R-rated version of the film, Zack Snyder dismissed the claims that it had been created due to the monumental success of Deadpool. The Ryan Reynolds led comic-book adaptation grossed over $771 million when it was released back in February, which was a huge surprise considering that it was an R-rated film.
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Zack Snyder sat down with his wife Deborah, who also worked as a producer on Batman V Superman, to discuss the reasons for releasing an R-rated cut of the film. Deborah started the conversation by remarking, “Online, everyone’s like, ‘Oh, they’re doing an R-rated in reaction to Deadpool,’ and you’re like (laughing), ‘We didn’t just shoot it last week, and we also didn’t edit it last week.'”
This then led Zack Snyder to add, “The why of that is [the DVD version] is a half-hour longer, and some of that additional material is some of the stuff we took out for the rating. I was like, ‘Cool, I can put it back in for the director’s cut.’ There was nothing by design. This was the material I just put back in, and then when [the MPAA] looked at it again, they were like, ‘Oh, now the movie’s rated R.’ And, by the way, it’s not a hard R. There’s no nudity. There’s a bit of violence. It just tips the scale.”
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