“Tell me, do you bleed?” And if so, how much? As reported by multiple online sources on Tuesday evening, the “Ultimate Edition” of the forthcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” — an extended cut for home release — has received an R rating from the Classification and Ratings Administration, which administers the MPAA’s rating system. CBR News has reached out to Warner Bros. for confirmation.
The information can be found on Filmratings.com, CARA’s website. While the theatrical version of “Batman v Superman” has received a more standard PG-13, the “Ultimate Edition” from Warner Home Entertainment has been “Rated R for sequences of violence.”
This news surfaced after 20th Century Fox has had major financial and critical success this month with an R-rated comic book-based film, “Deadpool,” though it is currently unclear when “Ultimate Edition” was submitted for a rating; the film’s theatrical cut’s PG-13 rating was given on Sept. 30, 2015.
The R rating is likely to give further ammunition to skeptics who’ve expressed concern that “Batman v Superman” and Warner Bros.’ DC Films slate in general may be headed down an inappropriately dark path.
No matter what, it’s important to keep in mind that there’s no indication at this point — and likely won’t be for a while — as to what caused the elevated rating. Last year, an extended cut of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” surprisingly received an R rating, also for violence.
Directed by Zack Snyder, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is scheduled for release on March 25.