Citing “sequences of violence,” the Motion Picture Association of America’s Classification and Ratings Administration has awarded the “Ultimate Edition” home video version of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with a R rating.
Curiously, the theatrical version’s PG-13 rating description cites intense sequences of violence, but perhaps not so intense for the theatrical release to earn a restricted rating.
This is not the first home video release to be considered worthy of a stronger warning. Last year, the extended edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies also received the R for “some violence.” The ratings board also gave a home video version of Star Trek: The Motion Picture a PG rating for “sci-fi action and mild language” after it was recut by director Robert Wise. The theatrical version was rated G.
And while it is unclear just what material could possibly be added to make the film too extreme for children under 17 without parental supervision, the suddenly attractive R rating will no doubt extend the life of the film as it moves into its home video phase.