Adding to the DC movies' edgy appeal, Suicide Squad will storm into cinemas in 2016, and with a star studded cast this film already has many fans excited. David Ayer has high expectations for the film, claiming it will be a game changer in the world of superhero movies. With glimpses of torture and plenty of insane antics in Arkham Asylum, the trailer certainly fed fan hopes that Suicide Squad will be one hell of a ride...
Suicide Squad seems to be leading on from films like Watchmen and Kick-Ass, proving that superhero movies really can pack a punch.
Or at least, that's what we thought.
Wait, It's A PG-13?!
Yep, that's right - after the Deadpool movie delighted fans by getting an R rating, Suicide Squad was confirmed to be a PG-13. But this shouldn't really come as a surprise.
The PG-13 rating was invented so that studios could garner the most ticket sales by having the movie be available to the widest audience possible. R rated films sometimes have a limited release, and of course anyone under 17 years old has to be accompanied by an adult. Which admittedly, kinda sucks if you're a teen who just wants to see their favorite superheroes beat up some bad guys.
But Suicide Squad is a little different from your typical comic book movie, and Jared Leto has been hyping up how ~dark ~ and disturbing this film will be.
"They’re going to lock me away in a box after this movie comes out."
With creepy gifts to the cast and intense method acting, Leto is determined to do the Joker justice. And he certainly has the fans excited, with many people hoping this is the most manic and terrifying Joker we've seen yet!
So how can the Joker possibly reach his villainous potential in a PG-13 movie? Many fans are already criticising the rating decision, assuming that this means we won't get to see all that lovely violence we've been promised. But there's one important thing to remember in all this...
We've Already Had A PG-13 Joker!
And a pretty terrifying one at that. PG-13 has plenty of room for mature themes and dark threats of violence. The crux of the issue, usually, is how much blood and gore the directors are allowed to show. The content can be psychologically horrifying, and as long as there isn't too much blood the film can go to some pretty disturbing places. Which means we get delightful scenes like this one from The Dark Knight...
Obviously just the one scene doesn't do The Dark Knight justice: although the film was a PG-13 it is renowned as one of the darkest superhero movies yet, building tension with Heath Ledger's truly terrifying Joker.
Time For A Change?
Of course, this does raise problems of its own. Hollywood has a strange double standard going on with the PG-13 rating, wherein they can show the psychological effects of trauma but the characters aren't allowed to swear. Even more worryingly, a woman can be tortured on screen (within reason), but cannot be shown experiencing sexual pleasure (forget R - showing a woman's face mid-climax is enough to push the movie to NC-17).
And by chasing the family friendly PG-13 rating, blockbuster franchises like the Terminator movies have been steadily getting less and less intense.
There's a lesson to be learned from Terminator Genisys compared to The Dark Knight - your PG-13 film doesn't have to be squeaky clean, and you can pack in all those deliciously dark themes as long as you don't overload on the gore.
So there's hope for Suicide Squad yet: the film may not have the bloodshed we expected, but the themes and tone of the movie won't be tamed by the PG-13 rating... and neither will the Joker.
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