Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice made a bit of a splash when it had turned out that the MPAA stamped the film’s Ultimate Cut with an R rating (and many people who watched that version of the film would question their decision), while Suicide Squad was conversely criticized for not being R-rated. Wonder Woman, on the other hand, was always meant to be a PG-13 movie, according to director Patty Jenkins.
In an interview with CinemaBlend, Jenkins explained why going with a PG-13, and not an R (or even a PG, for that matter) was the best way to take the first Wonder Woman movie:
“I cared a lot about it never being an R-rating. And I totally support the movies that do have an R-rating, but in this case I was very aware that little girls were going to want to see the film, and I was very protective of that. So it had to not be Rated R to me. I would have been happy to go for PG, but it’s World War I, so we couldn’t!”
Jenkins is no stranger to making movies with an R-rating, with her previous effort – the critically-acclaimed Monster – is pretty firmly in that category, alongside much of the television work that she’s done in the years between the film and Wonder Woman. However, she emphasized that she wanted her movie to inspire the younger girls that will be a part of this movie’s audience, which is an important thing to consider in this day of CBM overload – these movies are inspiring new generations of fans, not just the old guard. It’s also nice to see Jenkins give a subtle nod toward Twentieth Century Fox’s Deadpool and Logan for making use of the R-rating as a way of telling she stories that they want to create instead of using it as a gimmick (like Sony’s Venom is looking to be).
Wonder Woman rides into battle on June 2, 2017. Its cast includes Gal Gadot as Diana Prince (Wonder Woman), Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Robin Wright as General Antiope, Lucy Davis as Etta Candy, David Thewlis as Ares, Elena Anaya as Doctor Poison, and Danny Huston as General Erich Ludendorff.