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Remember when Suicide Squad director David Ayer was so concerned with the dark "realism" of the subject matter that he hired an on-set therapist for the actors? You might be safe torching that excitement because, according to producer Charles Roven, Suicide Squad is probably going to land a seemingly implausible PG-13. Speaking with Collider, Roven made a point to highlight the fact that Squad is very much a "shared franchise" film and will remain tonally consistent with other projects in the DC realm:
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.
Of course, there is one alternative theory floating about. What if PG-13 is the new R? What if PG-13 just means Pretty Great (for anyone over the age of ) 13? Could Jared Leto's method acting really have been all for the sake of another PG-13 version of a DC villain? There are no answers for these questions of anguish. However, it's worth mentioning that Tim Burton's Batman films, the supremely underrated Batman and Batman Returns, both managed to deliver an impressive amount of general disturbia within the confines of a PG-13 prison:
There's still hope, R rating enthusiasts.