BatmanSuperman BATMAN V SUPERMAN Will Have An R-Rated Ultimate Edition written by Sean Gerber February 23, 2016 The Motion Picture Association of America has released a list of recent classifications, including the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition, which is rated R for “sequences of violence.” This will likely be a director’s cut that will arrive via digital HD and Blu-ay, as the distributor listed is Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The MPAA bulletin notes that this is different from the PG-13 version that will arrive in theaters on March 25. Is this the Deadpool effect? Some will write that it is, but it’s not. All of this would have to have been put together long before the Merc with a Mouth started busting up R-rated box office records. Plus, director Zack Snyder is no stranger to director’s cuts for his superhero films, having done one for Watchmen, which was already rated R when it was in theaters. So why do this? Well, why not? Kids under 17 can still go see Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in theaters next month and their parents will undoubtedly be able to buy them the PG-13 theatrical cut. Meanwhile, hardcore fans looking for a darker Knight can be put down for two Blu-ray purchases, both the theatrical and Ultimate editions. Warner Bros. will sell this as the best of both worlds. Everyone gets the Batman they want or can handle and make no mistake, this is about Batman. Superman surely doesn’t benefit from an R rating. Batman gets to be more violent, criminals get to say bad words, and perhaps Superman takes a more violent beating from Doomsday (so yeah, this really is a bummer for Superman.) I’m sure there are reasons why Warner Bros. shouldn’t do this, but they’re probably outweighed by the chance to get as much cash out of BvS as the studio can in hopes of turning massive profits against production and marketing costs estimated to exceed $400 million. Warner Bros. will just have to make sure the packaging for the Ultimate Edition is clear to all consumers so they know which version they’re getting. You don’t want angry parents complaining after mistakenly playing the R-rated version for their 10-year-olds. Speaking of parents, Warner Bros. may have to answer questions about just how violent the theatrical cut is before March 25th. How much of a difference is there between the PG-13 and R-rated versions? While I fully expect the R-rated Ultimate Edition to be exclusive to home release, I can’t help but wonder if Warner Bros. might give it a small theatrical run at some point. There’s no need to do it during BvS‘ initial box office run, but a one-week engagement exclusively in IMAX theaters right before the Blu-ray comes out would provide a nice boost. This would be even more effective if it was in late August or September when IMAX runs out of summer blockbusters. Speaking of August, can we now expect Suicide Squad to get the same treatment? Thanks to Batman News for the heads up. And here I thought this new image from the film would be the biggest piece of Batman v Superman news today. BATMAN V SUPERMAN Will Have An R-Rated Ultimate Edition was last modified: February 24th, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 4 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. When he's not writing here, you can catch him as the host of Popular Opinion Podcast, Batman News, and Marvel News! previous post Batman News #9: Good News For BATMAN V SUPERMAN next post How The Joker Could Make BATMAN V SUPERMAN R-Rated You may also like But Wait, There’s More ‘The Dark Knight... May 27, 2012 Ben Affleck Suggests His Batman Will Battle... August 29, 2016 Warner Bros. Says MAN OF STEEL is... December 8, 2011 Empire TDKR Covers Uncovered! 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There’s no doubt from the limited Batman footage, that this is a more brutal Batman than we’ve ever seen before in live action. This is also something I would’ve expected to hear after the film releases, not before. If they’re going to do this for BvS, I can already see it being done for Suicide Squad. I’ve never seen a David Ayer film that wasn’t R rated so I won’t be surprised if (more likely when) it happens. Robert Reineke This strikes me as an excuse to double dip. We’ll see what reviews say. SeanLM It’s just a marketing gimmick. Remember, the slew of “Unrated Cuts” for superheros movies that used to come out a few years ago to fool people into thinking they were more adult cuts? For an R-rated cut, they’ll film an extra 2 minutes of some headshots or some f-bombs, package it, advertise, and make people think that it’s “mature.” I’m not the cynical one; the studio is.