With the record-breaking success of the R-rated superhero film “Deadpool” and the reveal that an extended, home video edition of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” will receive an R rating, the topic of R-rated superhero films has become a hot one. While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, “Batman v Superman” and “Suicide Squad” producer Charles Roven revealed that while “Squad” is definitely a darker comic book movie, Warner Bros. is going for a PG-13 rating with it.
“I think right now we’re going for the PG-13. I don’t know that that’s going to materially change,” said Roven. “We can give that movie the edge that it needs and still maintain a PG-13.” The film stars a group of supervillains, including the Joker and Harley Quinn, and trailers for the film are packed with all sorts of action and violence.
Roven is the latest person to comment on the R-rated trend. Yesterday, Disney Chairman Bob Iger revealed yesterday that Disney has no plans to ever make an R-rated Marvel Studios movie. Following “Deadpool’s” success, X-Men franchise producer Simon Kinberg theorized that “X-Force” could potentially get an R and that Fox would be open to the idea of more R-rated Marvel movies. It was then revealed that the studio is targeting an R for the upcoming third “Wolverine” film.
Directed by David Ayer and starring Jared Leto, Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney and more, “Suicide Squad” opens on August 5.