The Next 'Suicide Squad' And 'Birds of Prey' Movies Will Be R-Rated

The success of 'Joker' seems to have given the studio a few ideas.

Following its failure to create a DCEU worthy of Disney's MCU, Warner has been reflecting on what to do with its catalog of superheroes. One of the options was to make the films R-Rated, something which the more family-oriented Disney is unable to do. 

The success of Joker, the first R-Rated movie to make more than a billion dollars at the box office, seems to have pushed the studio further in this direction. It's now been reported that some of the studio's forthcoming productions will be R-Rated, including James Gunn's Suicide Squad and Birds of Prey, the spin-off about Harley Quinn and other super-villains which is set for release on February 19.

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In the case of Suicide Squad, the news comes as no surprise. The characters are somber and violent, while the director began his career in horror movies, so it's a rather coherent decision. We are quite surprised, however, to learn that Birds of Prey will now be R-Rated, after the trailers presented it as a classic film with a light-hearted tone reflecting Harley's quirkiness. 

It remains to be seen whether Matt Reeves' Batman will be meeting the same fate — that would be quite a gamble, as R-Rated movies are forbidden to anyone under 17. While Batman is on the dark side, he's also a cult character and it might be a bit too daring a move for the studio to exclude younger viewers. 

We'll find out soon! In the meantime, Harley Quinn will be back on February 19 in Birds of Prey.

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Article translated by: Eleanor Staniforth

By Arthur Cios, published on 02/12/2019

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