In the wake of the success of “Deadpool,” people have been discussing what other superhero films in the works could make the most of an R-rating considering so many have been reluctant to do so.
The most obvious example that came up was David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad,” the film in which several villains of the DC universe team-up. The material seems tailor made for an R-rating, but the film was already shot a while back and is aiming for a PG-13.
Speaking with Collider on Friday, producer Charles Roven says that despite the success of “Deadpool” the studio still intends to make their DC Cinematic Universe films PG-13:
“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.
I think that the DC Justice League characters, particularly because so many of them are so iconographic and 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 to the broadest possible audience that we can.
I think that’s why we’ve planned on making these movies PG-13. 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.”
There are characters outside the main group of DC heroes that could operate with a darker rating, such as the proposed Lobo film. Roven was asked about that possibility and suggested something was in the works that might exploit it:
“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, and the DC Justice League Universe is the DC Justice League heroes and the DC Justice League villains. So I have not really focused yet on finding a character.
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.”
The Roven-produced “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” hits cinemas this week, while “Suicide Squad” opens in August.