To date, all of director David Ayer's movies have been rated R. That all changes with Suicide Squad. Though, some fans have speculated that this comic book adventure might be the first https://movieweb.com/suicide-squad-photos-katana-el-diablo-captain-boomerang/DC Comics movie to earn that restricted seal of approval. According to producer Charles Roven, that was never going to happen. Suicide Squad is firmly set within the DCEU. And it needs to follow those movies in terms of tone and balance. Speaking with Collider, Roven had this to say about the movie's violent overtones, and how it will certainly push right up against that R rating without going completely over the edge.
"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."
Most never would have thought to question whether or not a comic book based superhero movie would be rated R. That was until Marvel and 20th Century Fox's Deadpool came along, breaking the mold. And though it will be graphic in its depiction of sex, violence, rock & roll and language, it is still being held within the framework of Fox's own Marvel Cinematic Universe. Some felt, because of his reputation as an R rated filmmaker, that David Ayer might follow suite.
Suicide Squad is still going to be a gritty anti-hero expose that follows some of DC Comics biggest supervillains. All of whom have a rather shady and ultra-violent past. The Joker has come under fire for going above and beyond the call of delivering hard-hitting moments of shock and awe. And Harley Quinn certainly is no peach. So how, exactly, will that fit into the rest of the DCEU? And why bring in David Ayer, a known psychopath who just happens to make movies on the side? Charles Roven had this to say about the hiring of David Ayer.
"He had a close relationship with [Warner Bros. executive] Greg Silverman and Greg said, 'He's got an idea on Suicide Squad, he wants to come in and pitch it.' Having a guy like that who's been able to-all of his films have had a certain level of groundedness to them, really feeling very richly real. And so having that sensibility, which is along the lines of what we were talking about earlier how we like to have things grounded in science or whatever, I was very anxious to hear what his take was gonna be on Suicide Squad and I was very happily surprised, but it was right exactly in the pocket that we were looking for. Honestly that movie was essentially greenlit in the pitch meeting...So David was very fresh off the heels of a movie that he could show called Fury, which was a fabulous picture, and he was able to talk about these really-as he says 'it can be fun to be bad' and 'just because they're bad doesn't mean they're evil', and so he was able to convince all of the actors that we went out to that he was gonna be able to make these characters so compelling that they would wanna be played more than once by these actors."
The key appeal of bringing someone like David Ayer on board was that he not only understood these characters, but he understood how to give them their own movie while not disrupting or abandoning the long term goals being set up in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which will push through the rest of the DCEU. Another aspect to keep in mind when discussing the PG-13 versus R rating in terms of Suicide Squad is the budget. It makes more sense to have that PG-13 in place, as the costs of the movie are reportedly north of $100 million. And they want as many people as possible buying a ticket. There is a lot riding on Suicide Squad, as it sets up a whole new section of the DCEU that has never been explored before. Deadpool, on the other hand, has a relatively low budget and because of that, it can play around with a more restrictive rating. What do you think? Should Suicide Squad be rated R? Or does a PG-13 rating make more sense in the long run?