‘Suicide Squad’ Hits PG-13 Target

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AUGUST anti-hero movie “Suicide Squad” has nailed its anticipated PG-13 rating for US cinemas, even after February’s “Deadpool” became a blockbuster with its rare R-rating.

The Warner Bros movie has a host of DC Comics super villains recruited by a secret government agency; they’ll be set free should they manage to somehow complete and survive their suicide mission.

Jared Leto is the newest incarnation of The Joker, with cast members also including Will Smith (Deadshot), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje (Killer Croc) and Cara Delevingne (Enchantress); Ben Affleck is also set to appear as Batman, and Viola Davis as the crew’s agency boss.

While “Deadpool” romped to a US$772m (RM3.12 billion) box office on the back of a rare superhero movie R-rating – 2008’s “Punisher: War Zone” developed a noteworthy following only after its time in theaters had drawn to a close – and “Batman v. Superman” being prepared for an R-rated Ultimate Edition on DVD from June 28, there was some speculation that “Suicide Squad” might go the same route.

But the PG-13 rating enables Warner’s August tentpole to reach as wide an audience as possible, establishing a stronger platform for more movies further down the line. — AFP Relaxnews