Length, pacing, accidental nudity -- there are a lot of reasons a director might cut a scene from a movie. Sometimes cutting scenes can save a movie from epic stupidity. Sometimes cutting scenes can deprive the audience of epic badassery. And sometimes cutting scenes can save these films from plunging into a bottomless hole of sadness. Holes like these ...
6The Brutal Secret Behind The Predators In Zootopia
With its world of predators and prey living side by side, Zootopia is, depending on who you talk to, either a surprisingly blunt take on racism and prejudice or Disney's attempt to court that coveted furry moviegoer demographic. And even though the film is willing to tackle adult themes, there is a much darker version lurking in the shadows. Earlier versions of the film had a substantial plotline that explained just how it was the predator and prey animals could live side by side. It involved shock therapy.
We'll summarize, for the video impaired: During a birthday/bar-mitzvah-looking party for a little boy bear, an incredibly uncomfortable Papa bear places a shock collar around his son's neck.
"The safe word is 'SHIT, JESUS, OW!'"
It turns out that all predator animals wear these collars, which shock them when their primal instincts kick in. Which happens within seconds to poor Baby Bear, who turns and gives his father the most devastatingly injured look you've ever seen. They hug, but man, what hug can fix that?
"You better hibernate with one eye open, old man."
Who the flying fudge thought this was a good idea? A community takes the children of its most marginalized people (predators are a minority in Zootopia) and injects jolts of electricity into their faces? That sucks. We suck for even considering it. We are, all of us, monsters, and to make up for it, should all go out and hug the first bear we see.
5Superman Sometimes Just Ignores Humanity
Without wanting to reveal too much, a key plot point of Batman V Superman involves Superman's adoptive mom, Martha Kent, getting momnapped by Lex Luthor in an excessively elaborate attempt to blackmail Supes into murdering the Dark Knight.
Which seems unnecessary. It doesn't take much to get these guys tussling..
But Superman can hear everything! And he can see through walls! And crap!
Not literally, but also, yes literally!
So how come he doesn't even try to zip around the city using all his extraterrestrial enhancements to find his momma? Turns out, he totally did, in a deleted scene anyway. According to the film's director, Superman was meant to search the city for his missing mother, only to become overwhelmed by the pain and trauma he could hear all around him. It was our fault, apparently, his mother's cries drowned out by all of our violent and stupid tomfoolery.
"Sorry, Mom, I couldn't hear you over the people crying about comic book movies."
And that's sad, but it's not even the worst bit. Because, as the director explains, this implies something pretty dark about Superman. Unable to find his mom, Superman sets off to cave in Batman's chest, ignoring the pleas for help that were just overwhelming him. It also implies Superman does this all the time; he can't be everywhere at once, which means he must ignore people's cries all the time.
And even for a movie as unrelentingly dark as BVS, that's a little bit of a downer.