We had been told that Zack Snyder‘s Justice League would be quite a bit darker than the version of the film that was released in theaters back in 2017, and indeed today we’ve been provided with some clear confirmation of that fact. The official MPA rating is in, and the famed “Snyder Cut” of the DC superhero movie has been slapped with an “R” rating.
Snyder’s Justice League is rated “R” for “Violence and some language.” For the sake of comparison, the 2017 cut was rated “PG-13” for “sequences of sci-fi violence and action.”
This makes the “Snyder Cut” the relatively rare superhero movie with an “R” rating, sharing that spotlight with films like Blade, Watchmen, Logan, Deadpool, and Sam Raimi’s Darkman.
Justice League comes exclusively to HBO Max on March 18.
In Justice League, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
The “Snyder Cut” is said to run a whopping 4-hours long, packed with previously shot footage from Zack Snyder’s version of Justice League that we’ve never seen, along with 4 or 5 minutes of brand new footage that Snyder began shooting just last year. Most notably, the new footage will bring Jared Leto‘s Joker into the movie – with a whole new look.
We’ll also be getting additional footage of Joe Manganiello‘s Deathstroke, and of course, DC super-villain Darkseid is in this version of the movie. He’s played by Ray Porter.