Roadblock, Lady Jaye, and a host of new “real American heroes” will face off against Firefly and other new villains in G.I. Joe Retaliation, but don’t expect the butt-kicking action to get too bloody. Like its predecessor, G.I. Joe: Retaliation is going to have a PG-13 rating, according to the sequel’s director, Jon Chu.

Chu revealed the film’s rating in a recent Twitter update, though anyone with a working brain could have guessed that the movie would snag a PG-13 (despite promises of a grittier sequel). For a major action movie, a PG-13 rating is almost a necessity to ensure the biggest box office returns possible.

That being said, there’s no reason why a PG-13 movie can’t offer quality action (as (sort of) demonstrated by the first G.I. Joe film). The key is in the director – and despite his dance movie background, Jon Chu seems eager to show off his action skills.

The first G.I Joe movie didn’t score points with critics (notwithstanding our 3/5 star review) but it was fairly successful at the box office thanks to its over-the-top action. As an adaptation of the beloved G.I Joe cartoon, the movie was simple summer popcorn fare – no more, no less.

Fans of the first film aren’t going to come into the sequel expecting Storm Shadow to start lopping people’s heads off (at least I hope not). As long as Chu can provide some strong action set-pieces and develop the new characters enough to make them likable, the film will be successful at the box office regardless of its rating.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation will be in theaters on June 29, 2012

Source: Twitter via Comic Book Movie