While next year's Bird of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) was previously reported to be the first DC Extended Universe film to receive a wide theatrical distribution with an R-rating, a new claim indicates this may not exactly be the case.
JoBlo editor-in-chief Paul Shirey shared through his Twitter account that he had received an email from Warner Bros. clarifying that there is currently no official rating set for the upcoming DCEU ensemble film, leaving the possibility that it may yet receive a PG-13 rating to be more accessible to wider audiences despite previous claims by director Cathy Yan that the film would indeed receive an R rating.
From WB via e-mail: There is NO confirmed rating on Birds of Prey. Have a nice day.— Paul Shirey (@arcticninjapaul) January 28, 2019
The film had begun principal photography earlier this month with a surprise teaser clip released yesterday embracing the possibilities of an R-rating with its more adult language briefly seen displayed on a cast.
Whether this more mature tone will carry over to the final film has yet to be seen but Warner Bros.' email indicates the studio is still finalizing their strategy for the theatrical release.
Directed by Cathy Yan from a script by Christina Hodson, Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) stars Margot Robbie, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rosie Perez, Ewan McGregor, Steven Williams, Derek Wilson, Dana Lee, Francois Chau, Chris Messina and Matthew Willig. It is scheduled to be released on February 7, 2020.