If, like me, you were hoping that an unrated or R-Rated version of ‘Venom’ was going to surface, it looks like director Ruben Fleischer isn’t going to give you much hope of that happening. The director has no interest in putting the mature portions of the character or film front and center. With the film making $850 million at the box office and Sony looking to expand upon the characters, this likely shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise – just a disappointment.
After the film had finished production and just before it was released, Fleischer had shown interest in doing an unrated cut. Times and a successful box office run have changed his mind.
According to the director in a recent interview:
“I’m proud of the movie we’ve put out, and I think that the additional material on the DVD adds a little bit of color to the film. I don’t feel the need at this point to release an unrated version; I feel like fans seem to really like the movie that we put out.”
It sounds like the best we can hope for are that the cutscenes will help tide over fans until a sequel that includes Carnage ups the ante. They’re likely going to have to find a way if they ever want to do a crossover with Spider-Man.
Are you annoyed that we won’t be getting an R-Rated or unrated version of ‘Venom’ as a home release? Do you feel that they’ll be able to keep a sequel that includes Carnage at a PG-13 level and still win over audiences? Share your thoughts in the comments below, True Believers!