Batman v Superman: How Long Is Director’s Cut?


How much new footage will be in the R rated director’s cut of Batman v Superman?

Batman v Superman will be a lengthy movie in theaters. It’s running a hefty two and half hours. That’s a lot of Batman v Superman in one sitting. But there’s also going to be a director’s cut of Batman v Superman when the movie eventually gets released to home video. We know it will be rated R. We know that Jena Malone, who’s character was cut from the theatrical version, will be in it. What we don’t really know is how much extra movie we are getting in this director’s cut of Batman v Superman.

Until now. Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder explains why the director’s cut of the film garnered an R rating, and roughly how much extra footage that will have:

"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."

Next: Tons Of New Batman v Superman Footage

I will definitely be interested to see what is considered tipping the scale in terms of moving from a PG-13 to an R rating. Also, 30 minutes is a ton of extra time, especially when a movie is already pushing 2 and a half hours. That puts it at about the same length as the director’s cut of Watchmen, which felt extremely bloated even in it’s theatrical release. Let’s hope it’s not the same for Batman v Superman. We’ll find out in about 8 days.