“Hunger Games” actor Jena Malone, who was rumoured to be playing either Batgirl or Robin, has been cut from the theatrical version of Zack Snyder’s “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice,” Entertainment Weekly (EW) reported. However, she will be seen in the longer R-rated cut of the film that will be released on home video instead.
“Batman vs Superman” is already overcrowded with too many DC comics characters from Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) to The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa). Then of course there is Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) and Doomsday. It makes sense that Malone’s character was cut; possibly because her role was a minor one.
In the EW article, Anthony Breznican, who was given access to the set of “Batman vs Superman,” writes “If BvS sounds crowded, it actually got smaller as time went on. The PG-13 movie’s 2 hour 31 minute runtime will expand further with an R-rated ‘Ultimate Edition’ on home video, featuring even more brutal fight scenes as well as additional hints at future films. There’ll also be some new characters, including a secret one played by Jena Malone, who was cut from the theatrical release.”
The intent of the movie is to focus on the two superheroes who eventually become friends. So, other superheroes had to be sidelined or removed altogether from the theatrical cut in order to make the movie feel less distracting. From the trailers, it is very clear that Wonder Woman will fight alongside the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight against Doomsday, created by Lex Luthor. Clearly though, the majority of the film will deal with the conflict of the principal characters.
Breznican also states that Green Lantern will also not appear in the film. “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice” will open in cinemas beginning March 20 this year.