The characters of “Suicide Squad” might be evil, but as it turns out, they’re not bad enough to earn an R rating.
According to reports, the anti-superhero film, based on the crime-fighting criminals from DC Comics, received a PG-13 rating. That means underage moviegoers don’t need to beg their older siblings to get them into the theaters this summer.
“Suicide Squad,” which is set to hit the big screen Aug. 5, received the grade from the Motion Picture Association of America due to the movie’s “sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior and suggestive content and language.” And although the film’s director, David Ayer, revealed that the storyline may go darker if the movie is given a sequel, he said he was never looking for an R rating while directing “Suicide Squad.”
“For an R movie, you have to decide to do it right out of the gate, and that was never the case here,” Ayer revealed at the 2016 CinemaCon in April. “We were always going to hit the PG-13 rating. 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.”
In March, it was rumored that scenes from “Suicide Squad” were being reshot to give the movie a more comedic tone — like the side-splitting Marvel flick “Deadpool.” The crude supehero movie, which was released in February, went on to become the highest-grossing R-rated film in box office history, earning more than $745 million.
Ayer took to Twitter to clear the air following the speculation.
“[‘Suicide Squad’] ‘reshoots for humor’ is silly. When a studio loves your movie and asks what else you want, go for it! #ThanksWB #moreaction,” he tweeted out.
Looks like if fans want to watch Deadshot (Will Smith) channel his inner Wade Wilson, they’ll have to wait for the sequel.
“Suicide Squad” hits theaters Aug. 5.