On a movie level alone, 2020 has shown us that anything is possible. From Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton both returning as Batman, Zack Snyder getting the guts of $100 million to finish his version of Justice League, to Warner Bros totally scrapping its 2021 movie release slate and dropping it on HBO MAX – everything is on the table
Now comes news from Zack Snyder that his four-hour cut of Justice League will potentially get an R-rating due to profanity (Batman uses the ‘F word’!) and violence. The comic book team-up might even flip the trend of Warner Bros releases and jump from HBO Max to the big screen. Snyder was speaking with Entertainment Weekly about what’s going on with his Justice League Redux. Here’s what he had to say.
“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 violence and profanity, probably both.”
“I’m a huge fan and a big 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.
“It felt like a pretty bold move and that maybe the implication wasn’t 100% thought out. 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.
I thought we were kind of already getting very close to the ideal theatrical window where you still had marketing material out there and you hadn’t forgotten about the film by the time it came out on DVD or streaming. I thought we were starting to hone in on that sweet spot, but this kind of throws a monkey wrench in the works.”