According to Zack Snyder, his highly-publicised impending cut of Justice League could be earning itself a higher rating.
Speaking to EW, the filmmaker said that he expects the new version will warrant an R rating (US classification), due to the added violence and swearing the Snyder-cut has in store.
“The movie is insane and so epic and is probably rated R — that’s one thing I think will happen, that it will be an R-rated version, for sure,” Snyder said. “We haven’t heard from the MPAA [US classification board], but that’s my gut.”
Snyder even offered up some info as to what some of those R-rated moments could be: “There’s one scene where Batman drops an F-bomb. Cyborg is not too happy with what’s going on with his life before he meets the Justice League, and he tends to speak his mind. And Steppenwolf is pretty much just hacking people in half.”
Zack Snyder’s Justice League, as the cut is officially titled, will be hitting US streaming service HBO Max as a four-part mini-series (the complete length clocks in at around 4 hours) sometime in 2021. Interestingly, Snyder has said there is a possibility that the cut could be hitting US cinemas as well. This comes as WarnerMedia is under fire for their industry-shaking decision to release their entire 2021 slate simultaneously in cinemas and HBO – much to the unhappiness of filmmakers such as Christopher Nolan and Denis Villeneuve.
Snyder said that WarnerMedia’s big decision “throws a monkey wrench in the works.”
“I feel like there’s a lot of people panicking during COVID. I hope that, in the end, that’s what this was — some sort of knee-jerk to COVID and not some sort of greater move to disrupt the theatrical experience.”
The theatrically released cut of Justice League, which was completed by Joss Whedon after Zack Snyder was forced to leave due to a family tragedy, was given a US classification of “PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action.”