It looks like the success of Deadpool will not matter to Warner Brothers pushing forward while building their DC Universe. If there was ever another movie with the chance to push boundaries, Suicide Squad was the movie to achieve such a task. Charles Roven who produced The Dark Knight sat down with Collider and had these words:
“At the moment, my understanding is we are still releasing Suicide Squad as a PG-13, so there hasn’t been to my mind a serious conversation about doing anything other than that. I understand why Deadpool was released as an R-rated film, and I think that the DC Justice League characters, particularly because so many of them are so iconographic, have been around for so long and for so many generations that have grown up with them, and that are still growing up with them, I think we want to present them, when we finally present them, to the broadest possible audience that we can. I think that’s why we’ve planned on making these movies PG-13.
This makes perfect sense in the wake of introducing one of the biggest movies the world has ever seen. I think this is wise, it doesn't matter what the fanboy in me truly wants. Warner Brothers needs to appeal to the masses, so we can see more of DC's movies in the future. That's not all he said:
“I’m not seeing any real reason to change. We’ve made some pretty edgy films that are rated PG-13. You never want to say ‘never’ because we all evolve, but right now I think we’re staying that course.”
“I am a fan of other DC characters that I’m not producing those films. Right now my focus on the DC Universe is the DC Justice League Universe… There’s a group we’re maybe kicking around the idea of it. We haven’t actually yet fully put it into development so I can’t really talk about it, I’m sorry. But at present, for the time being, we’re headed down this course.”
With all the grumblings of an impending sequel to follow. As long as there's a successful release of the movie in August, who knows what the future might hold? I believe if the movie hits-it-big with the critics and fans alike, we could be treated to a more adult version of The Squad in their next offering.
I am almost finished watching the second season of Daredevil on Netflix; and it's extremely violent this season. I think if we're ever realistically going to be treated to a version that is utterly extreme -- it's going to be on a premium network like HBO or Cinemax, which Warner Brothers owns both of them. This is our best bet to see DC at its rawest!
We'll see in August if this was the right move when Suicide Squad hit theaters!