It’s probably common knowledge that this most divisive of blockbusters [even on this website] was originally considerably longer even than its current 153 min running time. Warners have released one deleted scene [and I can understand why it was taken out as it made absolutely no sense to me until I read up a bit on DC comic stuff – think Steppenwolf, Darkseid and Mother Boxes!], which was posted on this website not long ago, but director Zach Snyder also told Collider.com some information about the ‘R’ rated Ultimate Cut of the film which will come out on Blu-ray and which will even feature some footage that was censored for the ‘PG-13’ rating.
“We call it the Ultimate Cut because to me it’s a deeper dive into that world and there are storylines in there that get fleshed out by the longer version… I would say that we didn’t really take out much of the Superman/Batman story because I felt like, you know that’s kind of the movie, but there was some sort of interstitial stuff that surrounds the story, that kind of finishes some of the ideas that we trimmed back, and I think that’s what you get.”
“There’s a little bit of action, there’s a little bit of violence that we trimmed out for the MPAA that we put back. The Batman warehouse rescue, there’s a couple shots of Doomsday that were too intense. Then there’s a little bit longer ending, sort of the ending sequence, and the opening of the movie, the North Africa sequence is really much different.”
He doesn’t go into plot material that was cut, but we do know that Jena Malone played an unknown character in the original edit, and that all this footage:
“Was in there until very recently, so all of it’s finished. It was really just a function of time, to be honest. Because the movie’s long now, long-ish—I don’t think it’s long, but when you get over two and a half hours the studio starts getting nervous. I’m not James Cameron who’s like ‘No it’s three hours, suck it!’, which is cool by the way. I just wanted to try and get it to a length that is work-able.”
I’m one of those who found Batman Vs Superman to be pretty poor, but it’s possible that the longer version may at least make a bit more sense. And I like the sound of more of the Batman warehouse sequence, as I found that to be one of the best scenes in the picture.