Jena Malone reflects on being cut from ‘Batman v Superman’

Way back in 2014, Jena Malone was spotted on the set of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in Detroit. This lead to lots of rumors and speculation of who she may be playing, with the female Robin, Carrie Kelley, being the fan favorite.

Fast forward to the movie’s March 2016 release, and Malone’s part was cut out. Malone played Jenet Klyburn, a scientist at S.T.A.R. Labs, who helped Lois Lane determine who manufactured the bullets that were used in the Africa attack. Her scene was added back in for the extended director’s cut on Blu-ray.

AV Club recently caught up with Malone who looked back at her cut Batman v Superman role. She didn’t seem too bothered by it, and basically took the role to help out her friend, director Zack Snyder. Check out the interview below.

AVC: It must be weird to learn your entire part is cut from the theatrical release.

JM: No, it wasn’t. I had some scenes. It wasn’t—for me, the beauty of working with friends is that someone can call you up and be like, “I’d love for you to come and do this part for two days.” And you’re like, “Yeah. Awesome.” It negates all of the bullshit of auditioning and going between agents and all this other stuff and Zack Snyder and I really love working together and get along and have very similar work ethics. So when he was like, “Hey, I’ve got a little something for you,” I was like, “Awesome.” I didn’t really think much of it, nor did I expect anything of it. It was just one of those great, you know—two blocks away is a baker and here I am as a grain farmer. Cool, I’ll be over on Monday. We can make a loaf of bread. No big deal.

But for me, the funniest thing that I learned about that is you don’t have to be in a movie to let everyone think you’re in a movie. I learned a really interesting lesson in the sense of false PR—by me being just on set of that, there were all these swirling rumors that I was Robin. And I was like, wow, this is actually a really interesting technique to get a job—to pretend you have it. It was definitely a lesson in public relations that I hadn’t fully engaged with that I would love to reinterpret in maybe a political anarchist type of way. It’s cool.