Yesterday it was revealed that David Ayer's Suicide Squad would be rated PG, a fact not too surprising since we've been told by Warner Bros. countless times that they were aiming for that rating.
Already on certain comments sections and websites I've seen complaints claiming that Suicide Squad deserves to be R-Rated. This is not true. Yes Deadpool was a massive success, and yes Suicide Squad features a group of murderers, cannibals and assassins but there is still a lot DC can do with a PG rating.
The Dark Knight & Batman v Superman Were PG
When you hear PG does you mind suddenly think of a children's film? That's not the case, and as we've seen in movies such as The Dark Knight and Batman v Superman, a PG movie can still be pretty dark and violent, we just see less of the blood.
Just one example of this is Heath Ledger's Joker. In The Dark Knight, Joker does some pretty twisted stuff, but the audience don't actually see a lot of it. We never see The Joker cut a smile but through the use of sound and music Nolan was able to keep that tension and brutality. Batman v Superman took another step forward and showed a lot of hero on hero violence, so it goes to show that a PG rating can actually go a long way.
Kids Like Comic Book Movies
Deadpool needed an R-Rating, but that doesn't mean it won't always be sad that kids missed out on a great superhero movie. Suicide Squad is packed full of great characters like Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Deadshot and of course, The Joker so it would be sad if younger kids weren't able to go out and see this movie.
I mean imagine if Finding Dory came out and you were told your too old. Wouldn't feel great!
It's About The Story
Sometimes R-Rated action is awesome, in cases like Deadpool, Watchmen and Kick-Ass the violence is leading the story, whereas in a movie like Suicide Squad the real beauty of the film will be found in the story.
It would be a shame if a film like Suicide Squad was rated R and the story was sacrificed because fans wanted more violence, blood and gore.
Money, Guys. Money
I don't know about you but for me it's a pretty crappy time to be a DC fan. Batman v Superman wasn't the biggest success story and for once I want to talk to my friend group and be proud that a movie like Suicide Squad or Justice League has passed a billion dollars.
Money isn't everything, and the story comes first but it would be a flat out bad decision for Warner Bros. to make a property like Suicide Squad rated R, when it has the potential to make them a lot of money.
This mainly goes out to everyone I saw complaining about this decision, but in the end it comes down to the movie David Ayer and Warner Bros. want to make.
Superhero movies have been PG rated for years, yes one was a success but that doesn't mean every darker property moving forward needs to be Deadpool 2.0. I love superhero movies, and I think we will one day get another R-Rated property, but this is the creative decision for Suicide Squad and we should respect Ayer's vision.