The final running time for the version of Man Of Steel that is making its way into theaters on June 14 is 2 hours and 23 minutes. However, it turns out that the very first assembly cut of Man Of Steel was over 3 hours long. That means over 37 minutes of Man Of Steel footage wound up on the cutting room floor.
Does that mean that fans can expect an extended director’s cut like Zack Snyder did with Watchmen? While it’s not out of question, producer Deborah Snyder seems to be downplaying the possibility. In an interview with Collider, Deborah Snyder said, “We only cut one entire scene, and we trimmed down scenes. So we only lost one scene in its entirety and it wasn’t due to length it was due to that it didn’t feel like it fit in with the rest of what we were doing. It felt a little off.”
While Snyder doesn’t reveal the exact details of the deleted scene, she does say that it was one of the flashback scenes that involved young Clark Kent with Jonathan and Martha Kent. Henry Cavill also revealed a Man Of Steel deleted scene when he appeared on the Tonight Show, which falls in line with what Deborah Snyder described as trimming. According to Cavill, there was a cut scene on the oil rig where he was going up some stairs and a giant fireball went by about fifteen to twenty feet in front of him.
The possibility of either of those scenes making it onto the Blu-ray though is remote. In regards to the Blu-ray, Deborah Snyder told Collider, “The theatrical cut is the cut that Zack wants out there and I think our feeling was the scene that was deleted didn’t really work so that’s why it’s not in the movie, although what I will say is we’re planning some really nice – Zack does love, and because it’s about world building and visual effects we have so much amazing art work, and I think we’re going to see not only Zack participate in the director walk-ins, but maybe some other special guests joining him this time to elaborate on the filmmaking process. “
The Man Of Steel is scheduled to be released in movie theaters in the United States on June 14, 2013.