The Hollywood Reporter caught up with director Zack Snyder and his producing partner (and wife) Deborah Snyder last month, and the full interview is now online. Snyder spoke about the R-rated Blu-ray of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and revealed that it’s thirty minutes longer than what will play at theaters. That brings the total runtime to three hours.

What was the mindset behind the film being PG-13 in theaters but R-rated on DVD?

DEB Online, everyone’s like, “Oh, they’re doing an R-rated in reaction to Deadpool,” and you’re like (laughing), “We didn’t just shoot it last week, and we also didn’t edit it last week.”

ZACK The why of that is [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.

Part of what was cut from the theatrical releases of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was Jena Malone’s mystery role. That will only be available on the R-rated Blu-ray.

You’ll definitely want to head on over to The Hollywood Reporter for the full interview. The Snyders talk about everything from box office pressure, to DC vs. Marvel.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter