After the wild box office success of Deadpool, it was widely assumed that the third Wolverine film would be the next R-rated live-action superhero movie. But instead, that honor will belong to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice… that is, when it hits home video later this year.
The MPAA has announced that the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition, an extended cut that we’ll see on Blu-ray, has been given an R rating for violence. It should be noted that the theatrical release for Batman v Superman will still have a PG-13 rating for “intense sequences of violence and action throughout, and some sensuality.” However, the Ultimate Edition would be the first time that DC’s iconic superheroes have appeared in an R-rated movie.
Though it’s not unusual for action films to receive “unrated cuts” on home video, the timing of this announcement is likely to draw association with the rampant box office success of the R-rated Deadpool. The question now: How far did director Zack Snyder push the action to earn an R rating? The theatrical cut of Batman v Superman will run two hours and 31 minutes—the presumably longer Ultimate Edition could promise bouts of violence that top the length and intensity of Man of Steel‘s final act.
DC Entertainment signaled a shift towards more mature content last year when it was announced that the upcoming animated adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke may be R-rated. But for the most part, it’s likely that the majority of DC’s upcoming film slate will still be PG-13, especially in theaters.
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HT: Entertainment Weekly
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