“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” has inspired strong reactions from critics and audiences — and it’s also inspired more than a few petitions. A new Change.org petition has been launched, this one calling for the release of the R-rated cut of “BvS” to be released in theaters.
The petition is addressed to the movie studio (Warner Bros.) and two movie chains (Regal and AMC), and the accompanying letter is pretty straightforward: “A full theatrical release of the extended R-rated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film.” As of now, the petition has over 1800 signatures.
The R-rated cut was first announced in February, ahead of the film’s release. Director Zack Snyder has spoken about the “Ultimate Cut” before, saying that “it’s a deeper dive into that world and there are storylines in there that get fleshed out by the longer version… I would say that we didn’t really take out much of the Superman/Batman story because I felt like, you know that’s kind of the movie, but there was some sort of interstitial stuff that surrounds the story, that kind of finishes some of the ideas that we trimmed back, and I think that’s what you get.”
The film earns an R-rating because of violence. “The Batman warehouse rescue, there’s a couple shots of Doomsday that were too intense,” said Snyder. “Then there’s a little bit longer ending, sort of the ending sequence, and the opening of the movie, the North Africa sequence is really much different.”
This is the third petition launched regarding “BvS.” In the last week, two other petitions have been launched calling for Zack Snyder’s removal from the upcoming “Justice League” films and the DC movie franchise.
“Batman v Superman” is in theaters now.
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