There has been an assumption among certain hardcore DC fans that the upcoming movie adaption of Suicide Squad would go for an R rating, despite the fact that every other DC movie WB has put out went out of their way to avoid that MPAA tag. Today it was confirmed the tradition will continue, and Suicide Squad will be a PG-13 movie.
Producer Charles Roven, speaking to the website Collider, said going for an R was never the plan at all. “The intention of the film is definitely to be PG-13,” he said. “We really want to make these films tonally consistent, because this is a shared universe. Weâ€™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. [But] 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.”
Suicide Squad stars Jared Leto, Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, and Jai Courtney, and comes out in the States on August 5, 2016, approved for everyone 13 and above. If seeing the letter R on a DC movie really concerns you that much, there have been rumors the animated direct-to-digital version of The Killing Joke might be R, though that is currently up in the air.