My question has to do with the rating for Suicide Squad. News on the rating for the film have been scarce. But there is reason to expect it may be rated R. David Ayer's previous filmography being full of hard, raw, usually violent, emotion and theme heavy films is the first (Training Day, End Of Watch, etc). The second being that the cast for the film became so depressed while filming that David Ayer had to call in a therapist!
I'm not against an R-Rated Suicide Squad movie at all. Far from it. I WANT an R-Rated Suicide Sqaud movie. With characters as violent and morally ambiguous as Harley Quinn, Deadshot, and Joker, an R-rating could be just what the doctor ordered. These are nasty people, who do nasty things, and the majority of them enjoy doing nasty and violent things. It would be really hard to show how they enjoy that nastiness and violence if this is a PG-13 film.
PG-13 ratings tend to turn films that could have been truly gripping into mediocre films because of the studio mandating it in hopes of making more money. On the flip side, so many good movies don't get the respect or box office coin they deserve at the time because an R-Rating turns off general audiences.
My worry is, is it too soon? If Suicide Squad is R-rated, will that turn off general audiences, and effect Box office and by extension harm the still forming DCCU?
There is hope that this could be a good thing. Just this year, several high profile R-Rated films became critical and financial successes. Kingsman, Mad Max: Fury Road. and 20th Century Fox seems to be taking pride in the fact that the upcoming Deadpool movie will be Rated R.