Ben Affleck Explains R-Rated Batman V Superman Rationale

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When Warner Bros. announced that there would be an R-rated director's cut of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, you may have heard the physical rolling of eyes across the interwebs.

Deadpool has reminded studios that an R-rated superhero film can have legs, and it didn't take long for rumors to start of other films attempting the same thing. Ben Affleck, however, doesn't see it as a negative. (via Entertainment Weekly)

“I’m a parent of young kids, and I feel like I wouldn’t want to have a Batman v Superman that I couldn’t show to my younger kids,” the actor says. “But on the same token, as an adult, I like to see movies that are R-rated. I think nowadays because we have so many means of distribution and ways that we can do different things, it’s the creative solution to a creative challenge.”

He makes a good point, as they aren't changing the original focus of the film and shoving some blood and gore in just for the sake of an R-rating. He elaborated a bit more.


“You can have multiple versions and I can show my son and my daughters this movie and feel confident that the stuff isn’t too crazy, and then grownups can see larger version, [which is like] the red-band trailer. They can see the more adult version of that movie.”

It also gives the director a chance to slip in some extra footage that didn't make the final cut and expand some cameos. Either way, the PG-13 cut of the film is the one that is releasing to theaters, so nothing really changes either way.