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The Super Mario Bros. Movie Gets A Snyder Cut-Style Extension With New Footage

Step aside Justice League. Forget Suicide Squad. A new cut of the Super Mario Bros. movie exists featuring previously unseen footage.

For years, DC fans clamored for Warner Bros. to release Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League, not knowing for sure whether it actually existed. Turns out it did, and all that clamoring paid off when the four-hour epic was released for the world to finally see earlier this year. It has resulted in the push to see the alternate cut of Suicide Squad gathering new momentum.

Since Suicide Squad is getting a reboot/sequel hybrid this August, it’s only fair that campaign takes a backseat. Especially since 1993’s Super Mario Bros. movie has now received its very own extended cut. The Morton Jankel cut of the movie includes more than 20 minutes of additional footage and has been restored by filmmaker Garrett Gilchrist.

You can watch the Morton Jankel cut of Super Mario Bros. right now via Internet Archive. Some of the cut scenes to have been reinserted into the movie include King Koopa killing a technician by de-evolving him into slime, and Iggy and Spike rapping about Koopa taking over the world. Perhaps if that rap had been included in the original cut of the movie then it would have been a box office hit rather than a cult classic.

Even though the Snyder cut and the Morton Jankel cut are worlds apart, they share some similarities. Disney bought the distribution rights to Super Mario Bros. a few weeks before shooting for the movie began. The studio changed the vision Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel, the project’s husband and wife directors, had for the movie greatly. Apparently, it was supposed to be a lot darker than the end result.

While it has its fans and has become more popular decades after its release, Super Mario Bros. set a bad precedent for video game movies. A precedent that studios are only just managing to overturn almost 30 years later. The success of films like Detective Pikachu and Sonic the Hedgehog are finally serving as proof that movies based on video games can’t only be good, but they can also make a lot of money.

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