The worst heroes ever won’t have an R rating when they arrive in theaters this summer.
Suicide Squad has officially received a PG-13 rating from the Motion Picture Association of America. The film earned the rating for “sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, and suggestive content and language.”
Director David Ayer had previously said Suicide Squad was always aiming for that lower rating, but that an R-rated sequel would be something “worth lobbying for.”
“For an R movie, you have to decide to do it right out the gate, and that was never the case here,” Ayer said in April at CinemaCon. “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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Most superhero movies earn PG-13 ratings, but the violent, foul-mouthed Deadpool smashed box-office records earlier this year to become the highest-grossing R-rated movie ever. On the heels of the Merc with the Mouth’s success, the producer of the upcoming Wolverine 3 has also said that film is aiming for an R rating.
Suicide Squad, with a cast that includes Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Will Smith, Viola Davis, Cara Delevingne, Jai Courtney, and Joel Kinnaman, assembles in theaters on Aug. 5.