“I’d written the script, in a vacuum just as I would was my normal aesthetic — a very hard, very like sexy, violent, crazy, everything’s all at 11,” Snyder said during an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
Snyder said that his thought process behind that was that he would be able to “collapse it onto a more broader audience adventure.” However, in his talks with Netflix they swayed him to “go back to your original subversive R-rated version.”
“I was like, ‘Yeah, that’d be great.’ And they go, ‘Then we could have like, you know, you could do your thing and we could have that as a separate piece of, you know, content,’” he added.
Snyder later said, “I’m super proud of the PG-13 version of the movie. I really am. I think it’s really fun and it’s clean and cool but again, just the sort of weirdo darkness of the R-rated version if that was sort of my original thesis for what the movie could be, that’s what we did. That’s what we made in the R-rated version.”
Watch Snyder’s full interview in the video posted below.
Earlier this year, Synder talked about the extended version of his film where he would give viewers “close to an hour of extra content.”
“I think it’s a legitimate extended universe version. You really get to see a lot. It’s just more painted-in all the way,” Snyder said in an interview with Tudum. “The director’s [cut] is a settle-in deep dive, which I have notoriously done throughout my career. I don’t know how I got into this director’s cut thing, but what I will say about it is that, for me, the director’s cuts have always been something I had to fight for in the past and nobody wanted it. It was this bastard child that I was always trying to put together because they felt like there was a deeper version.”