Sure, Suicide Squad might be bringing together the worst of the worst in the DC universe, but that doesn’t mean The Joker & Co. can actually swing an R rating. But the studio is apparently pushing that boundary about as far as possible.
In an interview with Collider, producer Charles Roven opened up about that awkward place where creative freedom bumps into the ratings agencies. Since they’ve established a PG-13 universe with Man of Steel, Roven said they want to essentially keep things consistent across all the projects. But they hope to use as much leeway as possible to push Suicide Squad into the territory it needs to hit. That makes sense, and in a strictly business sense, a PG-13 film has a much larger potential audience than a R-rated movie. Especially when you’re talking about the superhero genre.
Here’s an excerpt from Roven’s comments:
“The intention of the film is definitely to be PG-13… We really want to make these films tonally consistent so that, as I said because this is a shared universe, at least our current thinking—and again, we’re not dealing in absolutes because while this is business it’s also a creative endeavor, so you want to leave yourself open to changing your mind, doing something different, being inspired, that’s the whole process of filmmaking is you have to allow for inspiration as well as having a road map for what you’re gonna do. So our plan right now is to make all these films PG-13. In some cases, you know, right there on the edge of PG-13, but still PG-13.”
The producer also touched on Jared Leto’s creative process to become the Joker for the film, and it sounds like those rumors of him going deep method are true. Hopefully that dedication will come across in his performance, but on the flip side, here’s hoping he didn’t go too deep down that rabbit hole. The Joker’s mind can almost certainly be a very scary place:
“Look, you know, it was different, it was fun. The group first wasn’t sure because the AD’s had to call him ‘Mr. J’ to get him to come to the set [laughs]. And he did in many ways isolate himself from the rest of the group, but that’s really what his character was, the purpose of his character in many ways, other than when he was with Harley or trying to get Harley. It was very entertaining, it was fuel for a lot of good sport and a lot of laughs, and his isolation bonded the squad, and we wanted the squad bonded.”
Suicide Squad opens Aug. 5, 2016.