'Suicide Squad' Gets a PG-13 for "Disturbing Behavior"

But the MPAA's description for August's 'Suicide Squad' sounds like my kind of movie.

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Even though they’re supposed to be the “worst heroes ever,” Warner Bros. and DC’s Suicide Squad has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for “sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, and suggestive content and language.” Sounds fun!

The safer, broader PG-13 rating was what director David Ayer aimed for with Suicide Squad. At CinemaCon in April, Ayer expressed that when making an R-rated film, “you have to decide to do it right out the gate, and that was never the case here.”

“We were always going to hit the PG-13 rating,” he said. “But the film is meant to be that. It’s got edge, and it’s got attitude. And it’s got its own voice … There’s a lot in the film that’s going to surprise people.”

The majority of superhero movies are rated PG-13, from the The Dark Knight to the clearly-still-for-kids Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. But after the success of Deadpool, R-rated superhero movies suddenly looked enticing to studios. Though the timing was purely coincidence, the home release of Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was given an R-rating.

Suicide Squad will arrive in theaters August 5. It stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, and Jared Leto.

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