With the entire premise of Suicide Squad based off of a ragtag team of extremely dangerous supervillains running amock, one would expect immense amounts of blood, carnage, and cool costumes. Suicide Squad's director, David Ayer, is known for producing content of that level, and with all of the news regarding how intense things are on the set (like Jared Leto being a total fucking nutcase), you'd expect this to be one of the darkest superhero films yet — one that comes with a solid R rating.
Too bad that's not the case. Even with fearsome foes at the helm, Suicide Squad will hit theaters August 5th with a measly PG-13 rating.
Producer Charles Roven spoke with Collider recently to explain why Warner Bros went with this route and to stop our blood from boiling. Roven stated:
We really want to make these films tonally consistent so that, as I said because this is a shared universe, at least our current thinking—and again, we’re not dealing in absolutes because while this is business it’s also a creative endeavor, so you want to leave yourself open to changing your mind, doing something different, being inspired, that’s the whole process of filmmaking is you have to allow for inspiration as well as having a road map for what you’re gonna do. So our plan right now is to make all these films PG-13. In some cases, you know, right there on the edge of PG-13, but still PG-13.
While it makes complete sense that the filmmakers want to keep everything kosher in the burgeoning DC cinematic universe, it's a bummer we won't get a movie soaked in blood simply because tweens are eligible to stroll right into the theater. Sure, Margot Robbie's portrayal of the psychotic Harley Quinn is enough of a draw to pay $17, but if we don't see Killer Croc eat a minimum of 3 people, we'll be disappointed.
At least we have Deadpool.
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