Entertainment Weekly reports that Jena Malone, who was identified as playing a secret character in the upcoming “Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice”, has apparently been chopped out of the final cut of the film that will be released in theaters.
While there is no confirmation, rumors surrounding Malone’s character included both Barbara Gordon as Batgirl/Oracle or a female Robin character that was inspired by Frank Miller’s “Dark Knight Rises” story line. Both of those are interesting ideas for this geek.
The trouble with “B v S” right now is that it is already character rich, with the Caped Crusader, the Man of Steel, Wonder Woman, a cameo by Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg, Lex Luthor and Doomsday. Introducing other lesser characters to the mix, gets complicated. Ask most of the Spiderman movies. Because the main theme of this movie is the feud between Batman and Superman, and that is serious shizzle, it would certainly detract from that story line by adding too many additional characters.
That being said, where the hell has Robin been all of these years? We haven’t seen him in live action since Chris O’Donnell’s portrayal in 1997’s “Batman and Robin”. Robin is an integral part of the DC universe and the Batman mythology, and he hasn’t been visible. Of course, in the trailers we see Robin’s graffitied costume in, what appears to be, some sort of shrine. Because of that, I would guess that perhaps Malone wasn’t playing Robin, although it is clearly established that Zach Snyder isn’t against using flashbacks and dream sequences in his storytelling. I, personally, am not against creative retellings of familiar characters (Michael B. Jordan playing Johnny Storm, for example) so I would not have been troubled by a female Robin.
The good news, I guess, is that Malone’s character will be in the rumored R-Rated director’s cut of the film when it is released on DVD/Blu-Ray. Here’s the thing…Deadpool R-rating = OK. Batman and Superman? Not so much. If you go “R” with Superman, you are really twisting the spirit of that pretty wholesome character. That should be a non-starter for me. Plenty of mainstream comic book characters could grab an “R” rating. Superman isn’t one, and as gritty as he is often portrayed, I am not sure Batman should be either.
Secondly, releasing film on a director’s cut that includes additional characters is a BS move. It is a decision that is only designed to sell BluRays, and that is kind of crappy. I understand, and love additional content. I like to see deleted scenes. However, while Zach Snyder felt Barbara Gordon/Batgirl/Oracle/female Robin might not be necessary in a story about Batman fighting Superman, they aren’t inconsequential around Gotham City, so it’s kind of crappy to cut in one place and introduce in the other. Perhaps, however, the DVD/BluRay content will insure that Malone gets to play the part in future films. That’s good for the actress, who probably was crushed to find out that her part in a film featuring American icons got chopped.
The 31 year old Malone has recently starred in the final three installments of “The Hunger Games” franchise, as well as the History Channel’s TV miniseries “The Hatfields and McCoys” with Kevin Kostner and Bill Paxton. She don’t need no steenkin’ Batman.