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‘Suicide Squad’ Ignores the ‘Deadpool Effect,’ Won’t Be Rated R

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Warner Bros.

After Deadpool opened in theaters to over $130 million, the so-called “Deadpool Effect” started trickling through Hollywood. PG-13 movies like Wolverine 3 and X-Force were immediately considered to be R-rated films, and other projects that were R-rated were finding new life in development. But one film that won’t be a victim of the Deadpool Effect, is Suicide Squad, which is keeping its PG-13 rating thankyouverymuch.

Suicide Squad was one of the leading candidates for movies that may abruptly revise their plans for a PG-13 rating and go straight for a hard R. With Jared Leto as The Joker it probably wouldn’t be that hard at all for director David Ayer to cut Suicide Squad into an R. But producer Charles Roven tells Entertainment Weekly it’s not happening:

I think right now we’re going for the PG-13. I don’t know that that’s going to materially change. We can give that movie the edge that it needs and still maintain a PG-13.

Now considering that Batman vs. Superman is releasing an R-rated cut on DVD and Blu-ray with additional footage that includes the cut Jena Malone cameo, it’s certainly possible that Warner Bros. could be moving ahead with the PG-13 movie in theaters in order to save the R-rated cut for home video, goosing those sales.

Suicide Squad is reportedly tracking very well for Warner Bros., at times even higher than Batman vs. Superman (the most recent Suicide Squad trailer has more views than the Batman vs. Superman trailer), so it’s possible that the studio is confident in what they have at the PG-13 rating. Also likely is that Suicide Squad cost a lot more than Deadpool and would be considered a bigger gamble to put this film at a disadvantage (when, to catch Marvel, they need every advantage in the book).

No matter what it’s rated, Suicide Squad opens in theaters on August 5.


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