“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 told EW. “We haven’t heard from the MPAA, but that’s my gut.”When asked why it would receive a R-rating, Snyder explained that one of the biggest reasons was due to the previously mentioned F-bomb by the Dark Knight himself and more.
“There’s one scene where Batman drops an F-bomb. 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.”
As for making the theatrical release a reality, Snyder had previously said that it is his preference to also have a “big-screen rollout” for Justice League, and that steps are being taken to make that happen, although no decision has been made one way or the other.
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“I’m a huge fan and a big supporter of the cinematic experience, and we’re already talking about Justice League playing theatrically at the same time it’s coming to HBO Max,” Snyder says. “So weirdly, it’s the reverse [of the trend].”
This trend he was speaking of is Warner Bros.’ decision to release every one of its 2021 films on HBO Max the same time they are released in theaters. Snyder also discussed his feeling on the move, as Christopher Nolan and Denis Villeneuve did before him.
“It felt like a pretty bold move and that maybe the implication wasn’t 100 percent thought out,” he says. “I feel like there’s a lot of people panicking during COVID. I hope that, in the end, that’s what this was — some sort of knee-jerk to COVID and not some sort of greater move to disrupt the theatrical experience. I thought we were kind of already getting very close to the ideal theatrical window where you still had marketing material out there and you hadn’t forgotten about the film by the time it came out on DVD or streaming. I thought we were starting to hone in on that sweet spot, but this kind of throws a monkey wrench in the works.”
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