Warner Bros. Still Open to R-Rated DC Animated Movies

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After releasing two R-rated animated movies in a row with "Batman: The Killing Joke" and "Justice League Dark," Warner Bros. Animation returned to PG-13 territory this month with "Teen Titans: The Judas Contract." However, that doesn't necessarily mean the studio is closing the door to more mature material.

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“It's hard to say," producer James Tucker told ComicBook.com. "I will say this, that they have said that if the content merits the R they’ll look into it, they’re open to it, which was not something that was a part of the landscape until recently. I like having that option because there’s certain things that you just can’t do without being a little edgy, without being a little more violent.”

An adaptation of the 1989 graphic novel by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland, "Batman: The Killing Joke" was the first DC Universe Original Animated Movie to earn an R rating. The film proved divisive, receiving criticism for its portrayal of Batgirl. Released last summer, it was followed in January by the R-rated "Justice League Dark," inspired by the team of supernatural heroes of the same name created by Peter Milligan and Mikel Janin. That film was generally well-received by fans and critics alike.

Debuting digitally April 4 ahead of its April 18 release on home video, "Teen Titans: The Judas Contract" is an adaptation of the classic "New Teen Titans" storyline by Marv Wolfman and George Perez. It will be followed this summer by "Batman and Harley Quinn."

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