With fans all around the world hoping that DC and Warner Bros. will release the 3 hour R-rated cut of the film into theaters, believe it or not, there’s a longer version of the movie out there. We know that the Ultimate Cut of the movie will include an extra 30 minutes of additional footage to help flesh out certain storylines and add new characters, but according to the editor of Batman v Superman, the film was originally 4 hours long! Check out his comments below.
“In the script, there were more story lines than you see in the movie today. That was probably our biggest editorial issue in trying to get the cut down to a reasonable length. For us, the trickiest section was the beginning of the film, until the point where Bruce Wayne tells Alfred the truth about what is on the ‘White Portuguese’ ship… the truth about his plan. This moment set in motion everything until the end of the film, really. Until that point the movie was always tracking many solo paths, some intersecting, some not. Finally in this scene, the paths fork into one road. There are more subplots than you see in the movie right now. Also, in terms of building this beginning, we had to move things around. In the script, Lex was introduced much later, but we found that in watching the movie – because he’s such an important player – it was best to set him up sooner. It was a lot to juggle. So the plot lines of a couple characters had to go. So what was once a nearly four hour cut with absolutely everything was kind ridiculous – ended up being about a three hour cut, once all these added storylines were refined with the fat was cut out. I remember being a little worried, three and a half hours, okay, that’s fine for a movie of this size, the way Zack likes to work. This was more daunting. But we cut down ‘Man of Steel’ from about 3 and a half hours, I know we’d get this done.”
I don’t know about anyone else, but I’d be so willing to sit down and watch a 4 hour version of Batman v Superman. Who knows what kind of story lines and other things that they cut out. So, who’s gonna start a petition to get that SUPER Ultimate cut? Would you watch a 4 hour cut of Batman v Superman? Let us know!