'Batman v Superman' Bites: Box Office Records Already Beaten, New Details on the R-rated Cut, and More

'Batman v Superman' Bites: Box Office Records Already Beaten, New Details on the R-rated Cut, and More

Mar 25, 2016

The day has finally arrived. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is in theaters. But there's more! We've still got the extended version coming later. And further installments of the DC Extended Universe franchise. Wonder Woman is on the way! Before we get to the goods on either of those two things to look forward to, though, here's how the theatrical cut of Batman v Superman is doing:


Batman v Superman Midnight Box Office

The showdown between the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel has already made $27.7 million in the U.S. alone, all from Thursday's "midnight" previews. That's slightly more than last year's Thursday debut for Avengers: Age of Ultron -- something for Team DC to rub in Team Marvel's face -- and slightly less than the last Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, which took in $30.6 million in 2012. According to Box Office Mojo, BvS had the sixth best Thursday preview ever and is set to break the March opening record.


Batman v Superman R-rated Cut Details

We've already heard an extended R-rated director's cut will arrive with the DVD, Blu-ray and digital releases of BvS (likely out in July), as well as how it will be a half-hour longer, clocking in at about three hours, and that Jena Malone's character is among those who'll show up in the extra scenes.

Additionally, Jimmy Olsen's cameo in the film is more defined in the R-rated cut. Olsen isn't mentioned by name in the film, but he's the photographer who accompanies Lois Lane to North Africa. In the extended cut, we'll get to hear him introduce himself as such, says EW.

Also Collider reports Zack Snyder has some extra details on what "interstitial" parts of the movie we'll be seeing more of. In his words:

There’s a little bit of action, there’s a little bit of violence that we trimmed out for the MPAA that we put back. The Batman warehouse rescue, there’s a couple shots of Doomsday that were too intense. Then there’s a little bit longer ending, sort of the ending sequence, and the opening of the movie, the North Africa sequence is really much different.



Wonder Woman Details

Millions of people are coming out of Batman v Superman excited about seeing more of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and fortunately we only have a year and a few months to wait for her solo movie. This week, Gadot revealed to the LA Times Hero Complex blog some extra details about Wonder Woman, which we already know is set many decades earlier, during World War I, including how much different the character will be in that compared to how we see her in BvS

In her words:

The Wonder Woman that you see in Batman v Superman is a woman who has been around, and she's very experienced. She understands a lot about man. Whereas in the standalone movie we are telling the grown-up story. Diana becoming Wonder Woman, and this was a story that was never told before. When she starts this journey, she's very pure. She's more naive, she's this young idealist who does not really understand the complexities of life and the complexities of men.




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