Following the wide critical acclaim and box office success lauded onto the theatrical release of director Tim Miller's R-rated superhero franchise film Deadpool earlier this year, many filmmakers and studios in the comic book movie industry have been left pondering over the question of how R-Rated superhero movies could change the game. In answer to said question, Marvel Studios' chief competitor Warner Bros. Pictures has already begun their DCEU with the PG-13 rated Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, signaling the intention that all subsequent productions in the overarching cinematic universe will follow the former example (in terms of tone and content).
Keeping said turn of events in mind, many fans have been left pondering the extent to which Suicide Squad will tow the line following the fairly clean-cut standards set by Batman V Superman, especially considering the comically dark tone further established by its latest MTV Movie Awards trailer. Despite the fact that the finished production is slated to receive a PG-13 rating, writer/director David Ayer has come forward to address the possibility of producing an R-Rated sequel to his DC film in the future.
In an interview with MTV News at CinemaCon's Warner Bros. presentation this past week, Ayer was fairly forthright concerning the potential for an R-Rated sequel to his initial Suicide Squad movie. For now, fans will have to make do with the PG-13 rated original, but that doesn't mean an R-rated followup wouldn't be, "Worth lobbying for," as Ayers explained:
"For an R movie, you have to decide to do it right out the gate, and that was never the case here. 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."
Based on all of the footage release thus far, Suicide Squad certainly appears to feature its own distinctive voice, with plenty of over-the-top action and depraved violence heretofore unheard of within the superhero genre. If everything comes together as well as things seem to have done behind the scenes, then fans of the original comic book property (featuring some of the most notorious baddies of the DC Comics universe) are in for a real treat later this August.
Regarding the ultimate fate of the Suicide Squad sequel, it would certainly not be amiss to plan for a grittier film based on the original comic book characters in the future, as there is certainly room for license and invention to be taken with the featured core content going forward. As for now, viewers can begin anticipating the release of the next feature in the DCEU to be unlike anything that they've seen before.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is now playing in U.S. theaters. Suicide Squad will arrive on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on June 19, 2020.
Source: MTV News