Suicide Squad Receives Its Official Rating!
Well, it finally happened. David Ayer’s Suicide Squad film, detailing the begrudgingly sanctioned mania of DC’s most expressive criminals, just received its official rating. According to the Motion Picture Association of America, Suicide Squad will be rated PG-13; it received this designation due to “sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language.”
Now, it sounds like the chaotic, hyper-violent adventures of Task Force X might walk the line between PG-13 and R, so let’s not become too fearful of a watered-down take on murdering psychopaths committing newly sanctioned acts of necessary murder. But why wouldn’t DC push out an R-rated superhero film, especially when the material demands it? Hell, Deadpool taught everyone a very important lesson regarding the success of mature, ridiculously graphic, devilishly violent superhero flicks, and there’s a g-darn R-rated version of Batman V Superman hitting home video in just a few weeks. So, again, why didn’t DC pull the R-rated trigger on Suicide Squad?
Well, let’s not forget the wisdom of producer Charles Roven who stated, “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.”
So, they want to keep them at PG-13. Fine. I get it. For the purposes of marketability and a broader audience reach, it makes sense. Of course, all I have to do is throw FOX’s Deadpool into the equation and that mostly dependable marketing model finds itself aggressively debunked.
So, what do you think? Is PG-13 a good move? Should we start our change.org petition for a separate, R-rated cut to hit theaters simultaneously? Sound off below!