‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Rated PG-13 for Action, Violence, and…Wait. What?

     September 29, 2015


The MPAA has announced that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been rated PG-13, which is not a surprise. It barely qualifies as newsworthy. PG-13 is the gold standard for a Hollywood blockbuster. G and PG turns off potential customers, R turns them away, and NC-17 may as well go back to being “X” at this point. WB wanted PG-13 and they got it, and they got it for most of the suspected reasons [via Box Office Mojo]: “intense sequences of violence and action throughout, and some sensuality.”

I’m sorry, what was that last one?

“Some sensuality.”


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To give you a basis for comparison, Man of Steel was rated PG-13 for “intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and for some language.”

The Dark Knight Rises also was rated PG-13 for “some sensuality” (along with “intense sequences of violence and action,” and “language”), so “sensuality” means, in MPAA-ese, “There’s fucking, but you’re not going to see any skin beyond what you’d see at the beach.”

So assuming that someone in Batman v Superman is getting lucky, who do you think it’s going to be? Can we open the floor the juvenile arguments about whether or not Superman can have sex with a human woman or only with Wonder Woman? Will Batman stop scowling for more than ten minutes and turn on the charm? Or is the sex (I’m sorry; “sensuality”) in reference to non-superhero characters?

We’ll find out when the film opens on March 25, 2016.

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