He may be a threat to the criminals who persecute Gotham City, but filmmakers do not believe he is R-rated material. According to Filmratings.com, director Matt Reeves‘, Batman has received a PG-13 rating for “highly violent and disturbing content, drug content, strong language and some suggestive material.”
While this assessment may come as a surprise to those who have seen previews of the recent retelling of the hijacked crusader, we are here to remind you that even the instructor Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight trilogy received the same PG-13 rating. These films were ripe with disturbing scenes and images, including scarecrow (Cillian Murphy) stuns Gotham City’s water supply, The Joker’s (Heath Ledger) ferry detonation schedule, a scene where Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) loses half of his face in a fire that causes him to become Two-Face, and all subsequent scenes that show Two-Faces scary new look. The audience also saw as Bane (Tom Hardy) slaughtered countless civilians via armored vehicles, weapons and even with its own giant hands.
With all this in mind, it’s hard to say where the PG-13 rating ends and R begins. PG-13 movies can still be filled with swear words as long as they do not go over the edge with use. This rule applies especially to the f-bomb, of which PG-13 films only get one before being beaten to an R rating. They can also have nudity, just not sexual nudity. However, there may be hints, such as two people lying in bed together, suggesting intimate relationships, just as long as nudity is not actually shown.
Our first look at Batman show us a dark Gotham City bursting at the seams of crime and chaos. From Riddler’s (Paul Dano) manic murder for gunshots, it looks like we will see non-stop action and violence in the upcoming film. Batman (Robert Pattinson) and Selina Kyla aka Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz) also appear to be steaming, so it will be interesting to see how far the boundaries of the PG-13 rating have been pushed when it comes to their chemistry. Even the penguin (Colin Farrell) is going to go to hell and test the limits of the rating system.
All in all, for those wondering how Batman will tell the story of Bruce Wayne on a PG-13 budget, we’re here to say fear no. Get ready to capture all the violence, the strong language and the suggestive material for yourself when Batman lands in theaters on March 4th.
Gotham’s underworld has come out to play.
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