‘Suicide Squad’: Did anti-superhero movie get the R-rating some hoped for?

06.08.16 1 year ago

The Suicide Squad works dirty, but not that dirty.

The MPAA has released their rating for the upcoming anti-superhero movie, and after some speculation, the flick will be PG-13. Box Office Mojo is reporting that Suicide Squad earned the rating for “sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language.” But none of this was enough to earn it an R rating, which some had hoped for.

It was a long-held belief that an R-rated superhero movie couldn”t work at the box office, but then came Deadpool. The Ryan Reynolds movie went on to become the highest grossing R-rated film of all time, to date earning more than $770 million worldwide. And with reports of reshoots for Suicide Squad, there was a sliver of a chance.

While the movie, which stars Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Will Smith and a cast of thousands will be PG-13, it”s possible the sequel could be R. In a recent interview with MTV, Suicide Squad director David Ayer said, “[The R rating] would be worth lobbying for…[but] you have to decide to do it right out the gate.”

Suicide Squad is slated for an August 5 release. 

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