Holy F-Bombs, Batman! Snyder says his cut of Justice League will probably get an R-Rating!
When it was revealed that Zack Snyder would be allowed to return to complete his version of ‘Justice League‘, the fans that had been campaigning for it for so long were in raptures. They and we would finally be allowed to see what is considered by some fans to be their holy grail, the REAL version of the film, and not what has now been termed, rather unfavorably as the ‘Josstice League‘.
Aside from ‘Joker‘, ‘Birds Of Prey: And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn‘ and the extended version of ‘Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice‘ (in the U.S.A anyway) which gained an R rating, every DC movie released over the past decade has been awarded a PG-13 certificate. We all believed that Snyder’s definitive version of the DC superhero smackdown would be awarded the same rating when it makes its debut on HBO MAX sometime next year. It could come to pass that we are all wrong! And in a good way too. While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Snyder dropped a massive bombshell or two. While it was and still is hitting HBO MAX, Snyder has revealed that he is actively pursuing a theatrical release for the four-hour opus he will be unleashing. He spoke about his desire to see the film hit the silver screen, adding:
“I’m a huge fan and a supporter of the cinematic experience, and we’re already talking about ‘Justice League’ playing theatrically at the same time it’s coming to HBO MAX. So weirdly, it’s the reverse (of the trend).
Snyder also revealed that although he does think that the Warner Bros. plan for their theatrical content next year is “Pretty bold”, he does think that the idea wasn’t thought out 100%. The studio has faced a lot of backlash, anger, and criticism ever since the announcement was made, including by directors such as Christopher Nolan and Denis Villeneuve and Snyder weighed in with:
“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.”
But by far the biggest bombshell Snyder dropped was that he believed that the film would be receiving an R rating from the MPAA and that is due to Batman dropping an ‘F’ bomb during the movie and additional bloody violence that will appear in the film. Snyder commented:
“Here’s one piece of information nobody knows. 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. We haven’t heard from the MPAA, but that’s my gut. 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. So (the rating would be due to) violence and profanity, probably both.”
Now, although some of my fellow Future Of The Force team would rather the film not stray into R-rated territory, I’m all for it. An R rated ‘Justice League‘ film would certainly appeal to me and would show a darker, more nasty, and violent edge to the DC material. It could be something that blows away the fanbase and the audience and banish all thought of the Joss Whedon version that we were handed several years ago. I thought his version was far too light and that it needed a much darker edge to it than what it eventually showed. Snyder could yet pull out a masterstroke that blows the DC Universe wide open.
It’s already been proven that an R rated DC movie will sell tickets and be good box office. I’m already wired to see the film as it is. IF the film gets an R from the MPAA and gets an adults-only rating here in the UK, you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be first in line to see the film, no matter what!
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Entertainment/Books and Literature Correspondent for The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter where he uses the force frequently!