Suicide Squad movie

Article by Gregg Katzman

Most comic book movies follow a hero – or anti-hero’s – struggle against a big bad. That isn’t the case in David Ayer’s upcoming DC movie, Suicide Squad. Instead of revolving around a good person’s struggle – or at least someone trying to be good – the movie will feature a group of dangerous villains who are now working for the U.S. government. It’s a story that’s full of twisted characters and the first trailer had quite a dark atmosphere – there’s no sunshine and flowers here, just bad people and even worse people. Given the violent characters and the bleak nature of the story, many fans were wondering if Suicide Squad would be the first movie in the evergrowing DC Extended Universe to earn an R rating. Well, it looks like that probably won’t be the case.

According to Collider’s interview with Charles Roven, who is one of Suicide Squad’s producers and one of the people assisting in the formation of the DCEU, Suicide Squad will very likely be PG-13:

“The intention of the film is definitely to be PG-13… We really want to make these films tonally consistent so that, as I said because this is a shared universe, at least our current thinking—and again, 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, that’s the whole process of filmmaking is you have to allow for inspiration as well as having a road map for what you’re gonna do. So 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.”

Does that really matter, though? After you vote in our poll, scroll down to see what the staff at Midtown Comics Times Square thinks about the news!

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Tom: I’d far rather a movie be PG-13 and they actually have to be clever with the violence and language than the movie be R and for them to be lazy about it. Plus, it’s a comic book movie starring Batman and Joker. 13 year-olds are going to see this one way or another. And, as an adult, I’d far rather be it a PG-13 movie with that audience than it be an R rated film with stuff that’s not acceptable for them and for them to be in the audience, laughing about it and watching it anyways.

Andrew: I think a PG-13 movie brings in more of an audience. These characters aren’t always violent in the comics. Deadpool has always been violent and over-the-top so that’s why he gets an R. I think they want to bring in as many people as possible.

Marty: I don’t care as long as the movie’s good. A movie can still be good and be PG-13. Guardians of the Galaxy is a perfect example of that.

NJ: I don’t mind a PG-13. I’m more interested in learning about the characters and how they’re going to get out of the situation they’re in. I think the PG-13 rating will get them more of an audience, and some parents will let their kids see it.

Vic M: Who can honestly be surprised? DC and Warner Bros. have spent God knows how much on this production that they’re not going to have a hard-R, summer franchise-starter that has yet to prove itself amongst the other comic films that’ll be released that year, such as sure-fire hits Captain America: Civil War and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Gregg: PG-13 is totally fine. This movie should be primarily about the characters and how they interact with each other, not excessive gore or taking advantage of how many times someone can use a certain four letter word. David Ayer’s other movies of course earned R ratings, but with Suicide Squad, he’s stated he’s focused on creating interesting characters, and that is by far more important than being able to show over-the-top gore. Besides, you can get away with a lot in a PG-13 movie, and some things that may be considered unacceptable for the rating (in terms of violence) can be shot in a more creative way. The Dark Knight was PG-13 and that had no issue creating a chilling version of the Joker. Assuming everyone brings their A game (and I do have faith in Leto and Ayer), then the rating shouldn’t have a negative impact on the movie. When I think about John Ostrander’s work with Task Force X, I don’t believe it needed an R. So, I do not think this movie must be R to be every bit as messed up, gripping, and dark as it should be.

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The views expressed herein are solely those of the writer and interviewed employees, and not Midtown Comics as a whole. Additionally, Midtown Comics makes no representations as to the accuracy of any of the information expressed herein.

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