Charles Roven says Suicide Squad Will Have a PG-13 Rating

Thursday, 12 November 2015 - 1:39PM
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Thursday, 12 November 2015 - 1:39PM
Charles Roven says Suicide Squad Will Have a PG-13 Rating
While Batman v Superman is supposed to be the anchor of the new DCEU, fans are arguably more excited for Suicide Squad, the antihero mash-up that explores the DC Universe from the villains' perspectives. The first trailer and other promotional materials have made the movie seem extremely dark, even by DC standards, but according to producer Charles Roven, the film will still have a PG-13 rating:

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"The intention of the film is definitely to be PG-13," Roven told Collider. "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."
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This is a little disappointing, although not at all unexpected. Movies with R ratings automatically alienate a large part of the fanbase, and Suicide Squad will be dependent on teenagers to meet box office expectations. But that being said, Deadpool is becoming one of the most anticipated comic book movies of the next few years in large part because of its R rating; in order to get that character right, you can't pull any punches, and a similar argument could be made for the characters in Suicide Squad. Will they really be able to do the tortured, abusive relationship between Joker and Harley Quinn justice with a PG-13 rating? Or the violence committed by Katana? Probably not, and it looks like we can expect all of the DCEU to be slightly watered down.

Roven also commented on Jared Leto's now-infamous method acting; in addition to sending the cast gifts of live rats and dead pigs, he apparently wouldn't answer to anything but his character's name:

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"Look, you know, it was different, it was fun. The group first wasn't sure because the AD's had to call him 'Mr. J' to get him to come to the set [laughs]. And he did in many ways isolate himself from the rest of the group, but that's really what his character was, the purpose of his character in many ways, other than when he was with Harley or trying to get Harley. It was very entertaining, it was fuel for a lot of good sport and a lot of laughs, and his isolation bonded the squad, and we wanted the squad bonded."
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The "isolation" bit is interesting, especially since Jared Leto still seems to be friendly with his Suicide Squad co-stars. But it's very possible they only became friends after they were finished filming, considering that Will Smith claimed he never met Jared Leto while they were on set.

Even so, Roven assured fans that the cast had amazing chemistry, which led to a feeling of camaraderie on set:

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"I have to say, it was one of the most fun sets ever. I've been doing this for a while, and the camaraderie that was built on that set-everybody couldn't wait for the next day to come back to work."
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Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5, 2016.
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