Longer doesn't necessarily mean better, and the verdict is still out on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Critic reviews don't hit until next week, and if the movie proves to be less than worthwhile for fans, not many are going to want to wade through a longer version of the story. But if it's a hit, then audiences will be happy to learn that an additional 30 minutes of footage will be included with the recently announced R-Rated Extended Cut.

Director Zack Snyder recently shed some light on exactly what we'll see in the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice extended cut, which he openly refers to as his 'Director's Cut'. One of the key elements making its way back into this super-sized addition of the film is Jena Malone's character, who has been completely removed from the theatrical edition debuting next Friday. Speaking with THR, the filmmaker had this to say about his expanded superhero opus.

"[The DVD version] is a half-hour longer, and some of that additional material is some of the stuff we took out for the rating. I was like, 'Cool, I can put it back in for the director's cut.' There was nothing by design. This was the material I just put back in, and then when [the MPAA] looked at it again, they were like, 'Oh, now the movie's rated R.' And, by the way, it's not a hard R. There's no nudity. There's a little bit of violence. It just tips the scale."

Zack Snyder's wife and producing partner Deborah Snyder is quick to point out that the R-Rated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was already happening, and not a result of Deadpool's success at the box office. Some have wondered how the film can get any darker from what we've seen in the trailers. And many are worried that the movie might just be 'too serious'. The producer assures that approaching this type of comic book material with sincerity sometimes produces the best results. She explains.

"I would go back to the Dark Knight argument and say, 'Is that a bad thing? What does that mean?; By the way, the most serious movies I've made in the past always have irony in them. I just gave it the weight that it deserves as far as the mythological conformation. But it's still a guy in a red and blue suit fighting a guy in a black suit. I mean, they're in costumes. The movie is fun, and Batman fights Superman. If you can't have fun there, then something's kind of wrong with you."

While there has only been one official DCEU movie released thus far, with 2013's Man of Steel, don't look for the tone of all the movies to stay consistent. While next week's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will stay in line with its predeccessor, Suicide Squad will be decidedly different, and is bringing some much needed humor into this superhero universe. At this time, no specific scene details have been confirmed in terms of the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice R-rated cut. We'll have to wait until both versions are released to find out which is the better version of this blockbuster movie.

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