They were in the works before it with the Ultimate Edition of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Wolverine 3, but Deadpool proved definitely R-rated superhero movies can succeed at the multiplex so it’s no surprise studios and production companies are feeling more and more free to push content boundaries. Just today, the animated adaptation Batman: The Killing Joke earned its R-rating and now David Ayer, director of D.C.’s gritty supervillain team-up Suicide Squad, tells MTV he’d lobby to make a sequel a hard-R.
Sincee it wasn’t possible for the first film to go for broke in order to simply get made at its blockbuster budget level, Ayer relied his signature attitude and tone to overcome limitations on content.
“For an R movie, you have to decide to do it right out the gate, and that was never the case here,” Ayer told MTV News at CinemaCon’s Warner Bros’ presentation on April 13.
“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.”
You don’t hire a writer and director like David Ayer and not expect a film that’s dark and in-your-face. In my opinion, I think a PG-13 rating here will help the film, by restraining some of Ayer’s gratuitous impulses and opening doors for him at the blockbuster-level, if the film is as successful as I think it will be. And those aforementioned hypothetical doors might lead him back to an R-rating for Suicide Squad 2 (speculated to occupy the October 12, 2018 release date slotted by Warner Bros. for a currently untitled D.C. Comics film)
“It would be worth lobbying for.”
With Ayer on board, anything is possible Suicide Squad stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevigne, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jay Hernandez, Adam Beach, Karen Fukuhura, Scott Eastwood, Common and many others. It hits theaters August 5.