‘Batman vs. Superman’ Cut Jena Malone’s Mystery Character From the Theatrical VersionBritt Hayes |
There’s long been speculation about Jena Malone’s role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but it looks like we can stop guessing…for now. Warner Bros. has confirmed that Malone’s mystery character will not be featured in the theatrical release of Zack Snyder’s superhero epic, but she will appear on the R-rated Ultimate Edition, which hits DVD and Blu-ray later this year.
Entertainment Weekly’s in-depth cover story revealed some interesting things about WB’s plans for the DC movie universe (like when we can expect Green Lantern’s first appearance), and confirmed Batman v Superman’s previously reported runtime of two hours and 31 minutes. Snyder’s film is packed with characters, including the titular heroes, at least two villains, Wonder Woman, supporting players on both sides of the fight (Alfred, Lois Lane, etc.), and cameos from Aquaman and The Flash. That’s not all, but Snyder obviously has his hands full.
Which is why it’s not necessarily surprising that at least some footage and characters had to be cut from the film. Malone’s top secret character will no longer appear in the theatrical version, but her part will be restored for the Ultimate Edition on DVD and Blu-ray. If she was so easily excised from the film, we have to assume that her role was fairly small. When Malone first joined the cast, it was rumored that she was playing Carrie Kelley, a character who takes up the Robin moniker in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns — a source of inspiration for Snyder’s film.
But it was more recently rumored that Malone is actually playing Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Batman’s pal Commissioner James Gordon. There are some significant possibilities for Barbara’s involvement if that’s the case, and either Snyder is reserving the scene to more properly incorporate Barbara later on, or she exists only in flashback.
EW promises to reveal more details on the extended edition, adding that Malone wasn’t the only actor cut from the film — and hers isn’t the only character who will be restored for the Ultimate Edition.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 25.