Warner Bros. Superhero Movies from ‘Batman v Superman’ to ‘Justice League’ to Be PG-13

     November 25, 2015


While 20th Century Fox might be taking a risk on alienating broader audiences with Deadpool’s R rating, Warner Bros. is sticking with the tried and true method of PG-13 ratings for each of its upcoming superhero films. In fact, they’ve committed to aiming for this rating for all of their announced comic book adaptations from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice through and including Justice League Part Two. (No confirmation on the animated version of Batman: The Killing Joke just yet, however.)

Now just because WB plans to aim for a PG-13 rating for the rest of their DC Comics movies, that doesn’t mean they couldn’t decide to go for an R rating if they were so inspired Deadpool makes a killing at the box office. As part of Steve’s long-ranging conversation with super-producer Charles Roven, we were able to get an intended ratings confirmation on all of WB/DC’s movies as well as the potential for a change-up in that plan.

Here’s what Roven had to say about the PG-13 ratings for the current slate of Warner Bros. superhero movies:



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“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 2 are] PG-13.”

This jibes with the Roven’s comment about Suicide Squad’s rating, and by extension, the rating of the rest of Warner Bros.’ cinematic superhero slate:

“The intention of the film is definitely to be 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, 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. So our plan right now is to make all these films PG-13. In some cases, you know, right there on the edge of PG-13, but still PG-13.”


Image via Warner Bros.

Look, you don’t get to be as successful in the movie business as Roven has been without having a consistent plan and keeping it conservative where finances are concerned. It makes sense for the DC Comics Cinematic Universe to stay even-keeled from film to film, much like the Marvel Cinematic Universe has done.  Then again, maybe if the MPAA updated their ratings system, big studios would be a little more flexible with how they marketed their projects.

For more insight from Roven on all of his productions, take a look at some of our recent coverage below:


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