Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has a two and a half hour running time, but this will be upped to three hours for the Ultimate Edition on Blu-ray and DVD, director Zack Snyder has told Hollywood Reporter.
In an interview alongside his wife and producer Deborah Snyder, the pair reacted to assumptions that the R-rated Ultimate Edition was in reaction to Deadpool's box office success.
"Online, everyone's like, 'Oh, they're doing an R-rated in reaction to Deadpool,' and you're like (laughing), 'We didn't just shoot it last week, and we also didn't edit it last week'," said Deborah.
"The why of that is [the DVD version] is a half-hour longer, and some of that additional material is some of the stuff we took out for the rating," added Zack. "I was like, 'Cool, I can put it back in for the director's cut.' There was nothing by design. This was the material I just put back in, and then when [the MPAA] looked at it again, they were like, 'Oh, now the movie's rated R.' And, by the way, it's not a hard R. There's no nudity. There's a little bit of violence. It just tips the scale."
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens worldwide on March 25. There's currently no date for the Blu-ray/DVD release.