We already knew that an R-rated version of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was coming later this year. But we had no idea the movie contained nudity. Sure, it's just a fleeting moment of a naked body. But it's substantial enough that it caught the eye of the censor board in India. And this scene, which shows an unidentified character in the buff, was enough to get it excised from the superhero epic.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is arriving in India with a UA certificate after receiving just one visual cut. This is kind of amazing, since the movie has an R-rated level of violence. Many feel that the Inidan censor board was overly kind to the Hollywood movie. But there is a reason for that. A source who works closely with the board says that the Indian censors view the movie as a family outing, and that the fights on display as non-realistic in nature. Here's what the source had to say about the movie's UA rating.
"The CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) was very keen that the film be seen by youngsters. But some of the content isn't completely suitable for viewing by underage audiences. While the violence is done in the spirit of a comicbook adventure, the film was rated UA (suitable for underage viewers accompanied by an adult), with just one visual cut... of a fleeting nude figure."
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is rated PG-13 in the states for intense sequences of violence and action throughout, and some sensuality. But there is no mention of nudity, so whoever is stripping off their superhero tights might only be doing it in silhouette or from the side. When it hits the home market with in R rating, it will be for heightened sequences of violence. Again, there is no mention of any nudity in the R rated cut, so whatever upset the Indian censor board must not be too substantial.
If you want to see star Ben Affleck in the buff, you need look no further than Gone Girl. But Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice doesn't sound like it will be too much of a threat to American audiences who aren't prepared to see any of the participating members in the buff. This isn't the first time an American movie has gone under the knife in India. Just recently, the R-rated Deadpool also had scenes censored for Indian audiences. And last year's 007 adventure Spectre had to ditch a kissing scene that was called 'too excessive' for local viewers.
Fearing the actions of a god-like superhero left unchecked, Gotham City's own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis's most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman vs Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it's ever known before. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is in theaters soon. The big question is, who will American audiences get to see in the buff? Even if it is only for a fleeting moment.