Could Killing Joke Inspired Scenes Be Featured in Batman v Superman’s R-Rated Blu-ray Release?

Thursday, 03 March 2016 - 6:44PM
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Thursday, 03 March 2016 - 6:44PM
Could Killing Joke Inspired Scenes Be Featured in Batman v Superman’s R-Rated Blu-ray Release?
Reviews are just now beginning to come in for Batman v Superman, and depending on what you thought about Man of Steel, the news is probably either really, really good, or really, really bad. With these reviews, however, comes the information that Jena Malone, whom fans have been expecting to see in the film for years now, will not, in fact, be featured in the movie.

Malone was seen on the set in the early days of filming, and it was rumored that she'd be playing Carrie Kelley, the redheaded Robin from Frank Miller's 'The Dark Knight Returns.' Other rumors cropped up shortly after stating that she was playing a different character, Barbara Gordon. More recently, a certain foreign magazine seemingly confirmed that she would indeed be playing Babs in Batman v Superman.

Now, however, it's been confirmed by EW that Malone's character will not be featured in the theatrical cut of the movie. That being said, it was likewise made known that she will be in the R-rated extended edition to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray at a date later this year.

So why would Malone's character get cut out of the theatrical release and simultaneously become a prominent addition to the anticipated R-rated Ultimate Edition of the film? Well, if she's playing Barbara Gordon, then it's quite possible that scenes inspired by Alan Moore's legendary graphic novel, 'The Killing Joke,' could be featured in the R-rated cut.

By now, everyone knows the story. The Joker comes to the Gordons' apartment and shoots Barbara through the spine. He then proceeds to undress her, taking pictures of her naked, crippled body. He then kidnaps the Commissioner and later shows him the pictures he took in an attempt to drive him insane.

Including a scene like that in an already dark and gritty movie like Batman v Superman would no doubt be enough to push the film into R-rated territory. If that's the case, then Malone's exclusion from the film would make perfect sense. Likewise, there's been rumors of Jared Leto's Joker appearing in flashbacks in the film, and those rumors would similarly fit well, if this is indeed the case.

Of course, that's all speculation and it could be that Snyder simply felt that her scenes didn't fit as well with the theatrical release, or that they would make the movie run longer than necessary.

Batman v Superman is now just 21 days away, but fans won't know what Malone's significance is to the DCEU until later on, when the Ultimate Edition of the film is released on DVD and Blu-Ray. Regardless of whether the theatrical release does as well as everyone's hoping, it'll definitely be worth it to snag a copy to find out for sure later this year.
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