“Deadpool” it is not. Despite reshoots on the upcoming “Suicide Squad,” which many thought were done to add humor and give the film a more Deadpool-esque vibe, the film has been given a relatively clean MPAA rating of PG-13. By contrast, “Deadpool” featured a hard R-rating.
The MPAA gave the film the rating with the following description: “sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language.”
Films tend to do better at the box office with a rating of PG-13 versus R. “Deadpool” was an obvious exception of this, however.
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” opened in March to widespread negative reviews, with many critics finding issue with its incredibly grim tone. In the aftermath, it was rumored that Warner Bros. had decided to spend “tens of millions of dollars” to reshoot its upcoming “Suicide Squad” in order to avoid another calamity. Director David Ayer later clarified the rumors surrounding the reshoots, saying the rumors were “silly.”
According to Indiewire, the reshoots were meant to add more humor to the movie because, according to a source, the trailer (which seemed to show lots of cheeky humor) was not indicative of the film at all. In fact, a source told the outlet, “Every joke in the movie is in that trailer.”
Later, actor Jai Courtney (who portrays Boomerang in the film) said of the rumors, “I wouldn’t say we’re going back to make it funnier. There’s some additional action stuff that we’ve been doing, which is really dope.”
If humor was added in, it most likely was relatively clean humor, given the rating.
“Suicide Squad” opens in theaters August 5. Will Smith, Joel Kinnaman, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne, Karen Fukuhara, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jay Hernandez, Adam Beach, Viola Davis and Jared Leto all star. Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, Raymond Olubowale, Alex Meraz, Jim Parrack, and Common all appear in the film as well in unspecified roles. A sequel is already being planned for the film.