Director Reeves confirmed there were no R-rated “special cuts” of “Batman” flying around.
Screenwriter-Director Matt Reeves explains that although his take on the Dark Knight was certainly gritty – and reportedly inspired by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who committed suicide – the film was always meant to appeal to a wide audience.
“In my mind, the movie will always be a gritty, edgy, breathless and thrilling scene, which is PG-13,” said Reeves. Den of Geek. “It’s always been like that, but I always knew we were going to push the limits of what could happen, and so we didn’t really have to cut anything. The promotional materials that you are watching, they completely reflect the tone of the movie. “
DC fans shouldn’t hold their breath for an early #ReevesCut either.
“There’s no particular cut to this movie that’s like, ‘Oh yeah, this is the R-rated you’re so desperate for,'” Reeves said. “I don’t need to abruptly cut the movie or anything like that.”
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Meanwhile, “Zack Synder’s Justice League” earned an R rating at HBO Max, while other DC installments “Birds of Prey,” “Joker,” and “The Suicide Squad” all received R ratings.
“I’m glad we got the ratings because I wanted people to be able to come see the movie,” said Reeves. “But to the extent that people are getting excited about the tone they’ve seen in the promotional materials, that’s completely faithful to the tone of the movie.”
Reeves previously noted that cinematic influence for “The Batman” including “Chinatown,” “The French Connection,” and “Taxi Driver,” all R-rated classics. “Planet of the Apes” director be likened to Batman franchise for James Bond, with more PG-13 movies, in an interview with Moviemaker Magazine.
“Batman is a great legend has been around for more than 80 years,” says Reeves. “He’s like James Bond, in a way, isn’t he? But there is also something very related to the pain he went through. And so, for me, that’s how you base it – those aspects are part of the story. And this story emphasizes those things. This story pulls those things out.”
“The Batman” opens March 4 in theaters.
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