Following confirmation that The Batman has been rated PG-13, fans and critics are discussing just how boundary-pushing PG-13 movies can really be.
With director Matt Reeves’ upcoming Robert Pattinson-led DC film The Batman having officially been rated PG-13 by the MPA for “violence, disturbing content and strong language,” fans and critics alike are debating the supposed limitations of PG-13 films on social media. Many are pointing out that a number of movies — including Batman movies — have more than managed to push the envelope despite being rated PG-13.
Invoking Tim Burton’s Batman Returns, film critic Scott Mendelson tweeted an excerpt from his own Forbes article, reading “The last time we got a dark and violent PG-13 Batman movie starring Penguin and Catwoman, the nationwide controversy and backlash changed mainstream blockbusters forever.”
Adam Hlaváč, meanwhile, pointed to Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, a film itself generated conversations about just how boundary-pushing PG-13 movies could be upon its release in 2008. “This was also rated PG-13 and pushed the boundary line for Batman on film,” Hlaváč wrote. “[The Batman] has some wiggle room to move the boundary line a bit more if needed.
A number of other users have pointed out that The Batman is likely to still be rather dark, despite being PG-13, not only due to the brooding promotional material and the character’s on-screen history, but also due to Reeves’ Planet of the Apes films, which tested the limits of PG-13 in their own right. Other PG-13 films being cited as boundary-pushing include Cloverfield, Insidious and Split.
‘The Batman’ (2022) has been officially rated PG-13 for “strong violent and disturbing content, drug content, strong language, and some suggestive material”
Based on the description (which reads like an R rating), the film seems to be pushing the boundaries of its PG-13 rating. pic.twitter.com/nvTZm5GFyx
— DR Movie News 📽 (@DRMovieNews1) January 12, 2022
So people are mad because #TheBatman is gonna be rated PG-13….but forget that literally every live action solo Batman movie has gotten the same rating and The Dark Knight pushed the boundary of what the rating could do. Can never make people happy smh🤦🏾♂️
— drew. (@theotherlaser) January 12, 2022
I understand the desire to debate the PG-13 rating for #TheBatman, but keep in mind almost all of the biggest & best superhero movies ever made were rated PG-13 or PG, including every live-action Batman movie, even #TheDarkKnight. Good storytelling trumps all, remember that pic.twitter.com/UMV28CbBmy
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) January 12, 2022
Buncha nerds complaining about this forget that The Dark Knight was PG-13.
They also probably haven’t seen Reeves’ Apes trilogy.
Rating it ‘R’ isn’t gonna guarantee it a masterpiece, it’s such a weird sentiment people have when this kinda thing happens. https://t.co/c3Dk001m2t
— Barrett Courtney (@SadBoyBarrett) January 12, 2022
I’ve seen a lot of people expressing disappointment in the final rating for The Batman, so I encourage you to watch these two movies to see what Matt can achieve within the PG-13 boundaries. It’s unlikely that his vision for this film will be compromised. pic.twitter.com/P2SUgiR5RQ
— The Art of The Batman (@thebatfilm) January 12, 2022
People really saying their hype died because of a rating lmfao
The pg 13 rating doesn’t change anything about this haha, it’s still going to be dark/gritty ect, it’s going to push the pg 13 boundaries like alot of others, cloverfield, insidious, Split. Ect https://t.co/8DJDhXITzG
— BiggHan.🏴.❓0❓❓|Artist| (@BHann117) January 12, 2022
A number of fans were disappointed when it was confirmed that The Batman was rated PG-13, as some were holding out hope that the film would earn an R rating so as to allow for even more mature content. However, while there has certainly been a recent uptick in R-rated DC movies — such as Joker, Birds of Prey, The Suicide Squad and Zack Snyder’s Justice League — it’s highly unlikely that such a rating was ever on the table for The Batman.
As other users on Twitter have pointed out, most live-action feature films starring the Dark Knight are rated PG-13, as are the vast majority of superhero films in general these days, so it’s not exactly surprising that The Batman would follow suit. Furthermore, even before the MPA’s rating went public, The Batman‘s PG-13 rating was effectively confirmed all the way back in October when the film received official LEGO sets, considering LEGO’s well-known policy against making toys based on R-rated properties.
The Batman was always going to be PG-13, anyone who thought otherwise was kidding themselves.
— Richard Newby (@RICHARDLNEWBY) January 12, 2022
It’s somehow big industry news that THE BATMAN is rated PG-13.
You know… the exact same rating that BATMAN, BATMAN RETURNS, BATMAN FOREVER, BATMAN AND ROBIN, BATMAN BEGINS, THE DARK KNIGHT, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, and BATMAN V SUPERMAN received.
— Ted Geoghegan (@tedgeoghegan) January 12, 2022
Live-action BATMAN movies have been PG-13 since 1989, minus one home video release. Help me understand why this is news worth discussing…
— Adam Hlaváč (@adamhlavac) January 12, 2022
The Batman hits theaters on March 4.
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