DC's Suicide Squad Rating Confirmed
"We really want to make these films tonally consistent."
Suicide Squad is one of the most anticipated movies in next year's superhero roster. Because it focuses upon some of the meanest, most villainous characters in the DC universe, there has been some speculation that it might go for a harder rating that the more family-friendly rating of most superhero movies. But it has now been confirmed that it will still be PG-13.
Producer Charles Roven spoke to Collider, and explained that the film was always set have the lower rating. "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. 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. [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."
Roven also discussed the choice of David Ayer as director, and the fact that he is also an acclaimed screenwriter. "One of the things that is a natural benefit of having a writer-director is if he's trying to meet with an actor and explain to them what the role's gonna be, there's a lot of confidence," he said. "David was very fresh off the heels of a movie that he could show called Fury, and he was able to talk about these [characters]. As he says, 'It can be fun to be bad' and 'just because they're bad doesn't mean they're evil'.
"So he was able to convince all of the actors that we went out to that he was going to be able to make these characters so compelling, that they would want to be played more than once."
Suicide Squad is due for release on August 5, 2016, and stars Jared Leto, Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, and Jai Courtney. Last month, new images were released, that revealed Leto's Joker in full.
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