It wasn’t too long after Deadpool’s record-breaking opening weekend when James Gunn’s prophetic words started to come to pass, Hollywood was now crazy about R-rated comic book movies. People started talking about an R-rated Wolverine, and most surprisingly, came the news that there would be an R-rated director’s cut of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice that will be released on DVD, VOD and Blu-ray later this year. Well, just so you know, at least in the case of Batman V. Superman, none of that had to do with Deadpool. The timing of the announcement may have been suspicious, but it’s not being done because all the cool kids are doing it says the film’s director and producer. (more…)
Around the time of the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, there was a lot of discussion about what was left out of the movie. According to director Joss Whedon himself, the original cut was in the neighborhood of three-plus hours long, nearly an hour longer than the finished film that came out in theaters this past May. There was some nattering that Marvel Studios made Whedon make significant cuts, and there was more discussion about the a potential director’s cut coming with the Age of Ultron DVD and Blu-ray later this year, but Whedon begs to differ with all of that. In fact, at San Diego Comic Con last weekend, he denied everything. (more…)
At nearly three hours long, nobody’s calling Christopher Nolan‘s theatrical cut of The Dark Knight Rises lean, but does the filmmaker have a director’s cut of his final Batman film in his back pocket? Possibly, says one source.
The news comes from Nuke The Fridge, who say that as much as 30 minutes of footage might be added to the new cut of the film for its Blu-ray release later this fall. Aforementioned scenes depicting Bane’s origins and more Ra’s al Ghul flashbacks are amongst the rumored additions. Here’s the full quote from NTF:
The thing that you should have seen during that sequence is [Bane] being injured in his youth. So one of the fundamental things about his costume is that he has this scar from the back injury. Even if he hasn’t got the bulletproof vest on, he still has to wear the waist belt and the braces. In that scene in the prison, where he’s learning to fight the same way Batman learned to fight, he’s wearing an early version of his waist belt. It’s showing support, but it’s not the finished one he eventually wears. He’s also wearing an early version of his gas mask, all glued together … If you look at the film, unless they’ve cut it—and I’m sure they haven’t—there’s a whole early section for Tom Hardy where he’s fighting and being taunted by people. He’s got chains on him, and he’s standing on a wooden thing while people are attacking him. And in that scene, he’s wearing a much more ragged, primitive version of the mask.
It’s an interesting possibility seeing as how Nolan hasn’t indulged in the practice of director’s cut video releases before, and his old school adherence to letting the finished theatrical cut be the only cut of the film. He didn’t do it for The Dark Knight and he didn’t do it for Inception, but maybe there just wasn’t enough there to be worth going back into the editing room to put back in.
Naturally, it should be pointed out that this is merely a rumor. Even Nuke The Fridge, to whom this news counts as an “exclusive” seems oddly pessimistic about their own scoop, saying, “Until I see the Blu-ray I’m treating this as a rumor.”
More news as it develops.
Last weekend, Marvel’s The Avengers became the third highest grossing film of all time at the domestic box office; the only one standing in its way from complete box office dominance is James Cameron and his one-two punch of Avatar and Titanic. And while The Avengers has shattered a number of box office records, including some previously held by Avatar, having just made $11.2 million last weekend in fifth place and with increasing competition from summer new releases, it’s increasingly, seemingly, unlikely that The Avengers will catch Titanic’s $658.7 million domestic grab.
That’s right, Marvel’s hatching a plan to give The Avengers one last push at the end of summer for the all time box office crown. According to SuperHeroAuthority.com, Marvel is planning a release of The Avengers: The Director’s Cut sometime before Labor Day in the dog days of August. As previously reported, director Joss Whedon has said that there’s about 30 minutes of cut footage from the film that was to originally appear on the film’s Blu-ray release in September. If this plan goes forward, the director’s cut of The Avengers will bow at the box office and collect some extra coin for the coffers and give a pretty handy promotion for September’s DVD release.
But the question is, will it work? As of last weekend, The Avengers stands at $572.3 million, which is $86.4 million short of Titanic’s total haul, and $188.2 million short of Avatar’s total box office take of $760.5 million. So while it’s conceivable that The Avengers could at least catch Titanic, The Avengers would have to add another $200 million to the bank to do better than Avatar, which seems less likely.
What do you Bastards think? Would you check out an Avengers Director’s Cut in theaters, or all you all Avengered out?
Source: Blastr. Box Office figures courtesy of Box Office Mojo