In today's head-scratching WTF news, Suicide Squad has officially been rated—but it's not what you'd expect. Instead of the R rating most people were hoping for, the DC Comics antihero film was marked PG-13 by Motion Picture Association of America.
Suicide Squad received the rating due to “sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, and suggestive content and language.” But with characters like Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), The Joker (Jared Leto) and Boomerang (Jai Courtney), a PG-13 stamp could be limiting.
But David Ayer, the film's director, did say the lower rating was going to happen. He revealed at CinemaCon back in April,
“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.”
There is also a Harley Quinn spin-off in the works that will include DC universe's female heroes and villains, so it will be interesting to see what rating that film will get. But you can find out if Ayer's statement is true when Suicide Squad hits theaters Aug. 5.