DC’s superhero movies are in nature dark and mature, the tone overall of their films is very different when compared to Marvel’s usual more lighthearted and family friendly films. The upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice seems to be continuing that trend of dark and more mature feel that DC’s films have, however, it still only holds a PG-13 rating which prompted some fans to voice their displeasure at the toned down rating.
It appears that fans will have to get used to the PG-13 rating in DC’s films, as Collider sat down with Producer Charles Roven, who confirmed that at the very least all the films in the DCU slate from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice all the way to Justice League: Part 2 will be rated PG-13.
“Right now the movies that we’re making, the movies that have been announced by Warner Bros., I would say those are all intended to be PG-13 movies. I can’t tell you something may not come out of left field or we might get inspired to develop a different character, but the ones that are in front of us right now through [‘Justice League Part Two’ are] 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,” he said earlier, “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.”
While it doesn’t appear that DC will be changing its mind anytime soon, the possibility is there and that means that there is still hope for films such as the Batman solo film later on down the road to be rated R. After all the film is said to be adapting the ‘Under The Red Hood‘ and ‘Death of the Family‘ storylines, both of which are extremely dark.