Charles Roven Confirms That The DCEU Films Will Remain PG-13

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Ever since Tim Miller’s Deadpool came out in theaters and started breaking box office records left and right, many fans have been wondering whether or not other studios would be moving forward with more R-Rated superhero projects. For instance, there’s been a lot of talk about the upcoming R-Rated cut of Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and how that may have been a result of Deadpool‘s success.

The director himself recently debunked those rumors, so now attention has turned to David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, which could easily secure an R-rating. However, in a recent interview with Collider, producer Charles Roven revealed that there are currently no plans to release an R-Rated cut of Suicide Squad and confirmed that the rest of the upcoming DC Extended Universe films will remain PG-13:

“At the moment, my understanding is we are still releasing Suicide Squad as a PG-13, so there hasn’t been to my mind a serious conversation about doing anything other than that. I understand why Deadpool was released as an R-rated film, and I think that the DC Justice League characters, particularly because so many of them are so iconographic, have been around for so long and for so many generations that have grown up with them, and that are still growing up with them, I think we want to present them, when we finally present them, to the broadest possible audience that we can. I think that’s why we’ve planned on making these movies PG-13. I’m not seeing any real reason to change. We’ve made some pretty edgy films that are rated PG-13. You never want to say “never” because we all evolve, but right now I think we’re staying that course.”

From the sound of things, there’s always a chance that they could release an R-Rated film down the line. The DC Comics universe does have plenty of characters who could get their very own R-Rated film adaptation, such as Lobo, who was name-dropped during the interview. Here’s what the producer had to say about that:

“I am a fan of other DC characters that I’m not producing those films. Right now my focus on the DC Universe is the DC Justice League Universe, and the DC Justice League Universe is the DC Justice League heroes and the DC Justice League villains. So I have not really focused yet on finding a character. There’s a group we’re maybe kicking around the idea of it. We haven’t actually yet fully put it into development so I can’t really talk about it, I’m sorry. But at present, for the time being, we’re headed down this course.”

What do you guys think? Would you like to see an R-Rated movie in the DC Extended Universe? Sound-off your thoughts in the comment section below.

Source: Collider

Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.

  • sintheticreality2

    I think Lobo will be R-rated only because that’s how the character was largely intended to be portrayed within his own narratives. There’s not many characters in the DCU that would require an R rating.

  • SAMURAI36

    I think the group he’s hinting at is JLD. It’s the only DC group that would remotely fit within a rated-R conversation.