When Warner Brothers announced that they were releasing a R-rated version of Batman V Superman on DVD many people took to the internet and stated they are only doing it because of the success of Deadpool (I guess people forgot about Watchmen).
Director Zack Snyder and Producer Deborah Snyder addressed that issue in an interview with THR:
Zack: “It doesn’t worry us because that’s what we do every time, so I think that I’m excited that a movie like that could do so well. Look at a movie like Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight. That’s a $500 million domestic movie. It’s about the way the movie’s made. No one goes to a movie and generalizes it in such a giant way that the movies are being generalized now. You could sayDark Knight is too serious. But it’s a great movie. A lot of the early stuff on Deadpool, everyone was like, “Oh, it’s too silly” or “too violent.” But apparently, that was the valve that needed to be turned and released. That’s encouraging to me because I love the idea that the individual filmmaker point of view is the thing that people want”.
Deborah: “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.”
Zack: “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 little bit of violence. It just tips the scale.”
The R-rated director’s cut will be 3 hours long.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 25, 2016!