Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins reveals that she had no other rating plans for the movie other than it being PG-13. In this day and age where it seems that being a rated R comic book movie is no longer frowned upon because of its constricting target audience, Jenkins made it clear she wanted the upcoming DC Extended Universe film to be kid-friendly because she knows how important it is for young girls to see Diana Prince's story.
Over the last couple of years, R-rated superhero movies have proven their ability to succeed at the box office. However, Jenkins made a call to make sure that despite the gory World War I setting, Wonder Woman would stay appropriate for the widest range of demographics it could have.
The filmmaker explained in an interview with Cinema Blend that while she's definitely all for other movies pushing the boundaries with an R rating, it just would not work with the narrative planned for Wonder Woman. In fact, she would have even wanted to have the film a PG-rating -- but at the end, they realized that the rating would not properly service the story under the time setting that the film is on.
"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!"
In hindsight, Jenkins' decision to not push for an R-rated Wonder Woman is a great sign that the Gal Gadot-led project has found a perfect balance between the darker aspects of its war-torn setting and the lighter elements missing from other DCEU fare. The trailers of the movie feature quippy lines even against a dark, dull London backdrop, and somehow, the humor does not feel out of place.
There were a lot of production decisions that Jenkins made while making Wonder Woman, including shooting the movie entirely on film and keeping it kid-friendly with a PG-13 rating. And it appears to have all worked out pretty well in the end, with early buzz on the film being positive.
Source: Cinema Blend
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