“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” hasn’t released in theaters yet, but there are already plans for an R-rated cut of the film to be included on the Blu-Ray/DVD. Batman himself Ben Affleck weighed in on the news, empathizing with parents who were concerned their children might miss out but appreciating the strategy behind it.
“I’m a parent of young kids, and I feel like I wouldn’t want to have a ‘Batman v Superman’ that I couldn’t show to my younger kids,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “But on the same token, as an adult, I like to see movies that are R-rated. I think nowadays because we have so many means of distribution and ways that we can do different things, it’s the creative solution to a creative challenge.”
“You can have multiple versions and I can show my son and my daughters this movie and feel confident that the stuff isn’t too crazy, and then grownups can see larger version, [which is like] the red-band trailer. They can see the more adult version of that movie,” he continued.
“These movies have definitely evolved from being comic books for children aimed at kids. Now they’re the most mainstream movies made, the most successful, the most widely viewed movies these days,” he added. “Clearly there’s a big enough audience. I think it’s cool. Why not have an R-rated version that you release for download or on DVD later? I think that’s smart.”
The R-rated “Ultimate Edition” director’s cut of “Batman v Superman” will expand the storylines of several minor characters from the film. Other characters cut entirely from the theatrical release, including long-suspected Barbara Gordon Jenna Malone and Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green, will find their appearances restored.