Hollywood directors are still feeling the heat from the $757 million worldwide success of February’s Deadpool, which broke box-office records despite its R rating.
Speaking to MTV News at Warner Bros.’ CinemaCon presentation on April 13, Suicide Squad helmer David Ayer shared his thoughts on potentially crafting an R-rated sequel to his latest film despite the genre’s overwhelming number of PG-13 titles.
“For an R movie, you have to decide to do it right out the gate, and that was never the case here,” he said of conceiving Suicide Squad with a lesser rating in mind. “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.”
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Still, Ayer says he’s interested in pushing for a more intense sequel, should one be produced. “It would be worth lobbying for,” he said when asked if he would conisder steering the next film in the series toward more explicit subject matter.
Though the upcoming Suicide Squad adaptation is rated PG-13, star Jared Leto reportedly engaged in some “adult” behavior in preparation for his role as the iconic DC villain the Joker. The actor recently told E! News he sent his castmates used condoms, pornographic magazines, and anal beads as a means to foster a menacing dynamic on set.
Suicide Squad, which also stars Margot Robbie, Will Smith, and Viola Davis as characters from the über-violent comics upon which the film is based, opens Aug. 5 in theaters.