There are so many comic book/superhero movies coming out in 2016 that it will be like a year-come-true for a big superhero fan like myself. All of the movies (minus a one or two) sound extremely exciting to me and I plan on seeing [almost] all of them in theaters at some point and in IMAX if given the option of not having 3D.
What's crazy about all these films is that there are so many secrets, so many unknown elements of the films that we're not entirely sure what exactly we're excited for beyond the fact that they are featuring the most iconic comic book characters of all time and we're seeing them all return to the big screen or for some, seeing them on the big-screen for the very first time (I'm looking at you Harley Quinn).
Speaking of Harley Quinn, that leads me right into what I want to talk about. During an interview with Collider, Charles Roven, the producer of next year's Suicide Squad movie has revealed the [intended] rating of the film.
Now, before I reveal to you what that is, I want you to watch the trailer for the film that was released at the 2015 Sand Diego Comic Con to see what your impressions are of the film's ratings.
Now, a lot of times we hear the words "gritty" or "dark" applied to a film and it usually isn't gritty or dark but more realistic or grounded in way that makes the unnatural or the impossible seem very plausible. With DC/WB's Suicide Squad though, there's a load of words I could use to describe the film beyond just "gritty" or "dark", the ones that I tend to use whenever I'd talk about the film is "twisted" or "rough".
Keep in mind that this film is the third film in a larger cinematic universe known as the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) with the previous movies being 2013's Man of Steel as well as the upcoming, March 2016 release, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The thing about the two movies that come before Suicide Squad movie is that although they were grounded in such a way to make you see what it might really be like if there was an human-looking alien sent from space with incredible power or what it might be like if billionaire with a bat-fetish decided to come to blows with this super powered alien. That's the question we all ask ourselves when we read these comics or watch these movies.
What would it really be like?
Well, take that same question and apply it to Suicide Squad, what would a group of not just some of the worst criminals but the worst criminals look like working for the more secretive government divisions?
Well, the answer to that would be unanswerable considering that these criminals, villains, and/or super-villains are really out for themselves and there could be no leeway extended or trust given even among themselves. At any moment something could go wrong. So although we don't really know the answer to the question of what would a real life "Suicide Squad" be like or look like, we can venture a guess that it wouldn't be pretty and that things would more than likely end up badly.
Now, displaying this in movie format, especially with someone like David Ayer having both written and directed the film, we could almost certainly guaruntee an R-rating. Especially since superhero movies are pushing the envelope of being more "adult" and less about appealing to all-ages.
The rating revealed!
But while talking with Collider, Charles Roven made the following statement when asked about the rating of Suicide Squad:
“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.”
This is something that appeals to me as a movie-watcher because I don't think that the rating of a film will determine how good a movie is or allow more of the story to be explored in a way that truly matters. There are good R-rated films and bad R-rated films just as there are good PG-13 movies and bad PG-13 movies.
For those people who feel that movies like Suicide Squad truly need an R-rating to be taken seriously or to be truly an adult-focused film, take a look at the follow up to the last sentence Charles Roven stated:
Charles Roven: "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.”
Collider: "Well you could argue that The Dark Knight was as close to the edge as it could be."
Charles Roven: "Exactly."
So if we're going to get a film pushing the envelope like The Dark Knight did then I feel a lot more comfortable about things. Now, I know it won't be like The Dark Knight because they're completely different universes, characters (mostly), and writers/directors.
So I'm completely fine with Suicide Squad more than likely getting a PG-13 rating, in fact, I'm happy that it is for my own personal reasons. However, I wouldn't be surprised, considering the subject material, the director, and the overall look of the film, if we ended up getting an R-rated Director's Cut or an Unrated Extended Cut of the film if that's what people are really worried about.