Director Zack Snyder predicts that his upcoming cut of “Justice League” will receive an R-rating after he reviewed his four-hour version of the movie…
Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” promised to be a much different film than the version completed by Joss Whedon that landed in theaters in 2017 but it turns out his four-hour cut will include the kind of language and violence that may earn the movie an R-rating.
That’s according to the director himself, who has been hard at work on “The Snyder Cut” ever since Warner Bros. gave him the green light to finish the version of the film he set out to make before a family tragedy pulled him away from the project. In the wake of his absence, Whedon was brought into finish the film and “Justice League” opened to a muted reception from audiences and critics alike.
There was almost immediately an outpouring of support for Snyder to get the chance to finish his version of the film but it seemed like an impossibility given the kind of investment Warner Bros. had already made in the theatrical version of “Justice League.”
Instead, the studio surprised just about everybody by not only allowing Snyder to make his own cut of the movie but reportedly pouring another $70 million into post-production work, effects as well as reshoots with some of the cast.
The end result is a four-hour long epic that will debut on HBO Max in 2021 with “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” expected to be showcased as four, one-hour long “episodes” with a full cut of the movie also in the works. As Snyder begins to put the finishing touches on the movie, he’s actually predicting an R-rating for “Justice League” thanks to some of the additions he’s putting in this version of the film.
“Here’s one piece of information nobody knows: The movie is insane and so epic and is probably rated R — that’s one thing I think will happen, that it will be an R-rated version, for sure,” Snyder said when speaking to EW. “We haven’t heard from the MPAA, but that’s my gut.”
When asked to explain why exactly “Justice League” would receive that kind of consideration, Snyder said a mix of harsh language and violence will probably prevent his movie from receiving a lower PG-13 rating.
“There’s one scene where Batman drops an F-bomb,” Snyder revealed. “Cyborg is not too happy with what’s going on with his life before he meets the Justice League, and he tends to speak his mind. And Steppenwolf is pretty much just hacking people in half. So [the rating would be due to] violence and profanity, probably both.”
Snyder is still hard at work finishing his cut of the movie, which is due out as the four-part series in 2021.
As of now, “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” remains an exclusive for HBO Max subscribers but the director is holding out hope that perhaps a return to theaters might happen as well.
Stay tuned for more details on the upcoming “Justice League” movie as it becomes available.