We have seen the comic book genre evolve and mature over the years -- to the point where an R-rated comic book adaptation isn’t as rare of a concept as it once might have been. Typically, superhero blockbusters are meant to appeal to all audiences, young and old. But when the material calls for a grittier, dirtier approach, then movies like Logan, Deadpool, Joker and more fight to get that R rating, and often succeed. This also is the case with James Gunn’s upcoming The Suicide Squad, a standalone movie that is neither a sequel to the 2017 version directed by David Ayer, nor a reboot of that story. It’s merely a standalone film that Gunn conceived and pitched to DC and Warner Bros., and we learned on the set that from Day One, Gunn meant this is be R rated.
CinemaBlend traveled to the set of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad to learn how the Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker would approach a DC project. And it was during a conversation with the movie’s producer, Peter Safran, that he told us Gunn’s pitch for the material is 100% the reason that the upcoming movie embraced its R rating. Safran said to us:
The Dirty Dozen got thrown around a lot on set by James Gunn’s cast as a reference point for The Suicide Squad. And though it’s more recent, the opening scene of Gunn’s movie is said to call to mind Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan. Yeah, it sounds like we may lose a few team members before the audience even gets too comfortable in their seats.
Gunn was swamped with filming on the say we visited set, but he did stop long enough to tell us:
There’s a reason why there are SO MANY characters on the roster of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. Some characters may exist to just be cannon fodder when the explosions go off. Chances are Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn lives to fight another day. The studio won’t let James Gunn kill off a moneymaker like Quinn. But as for the R rating, The Suicide Squad producer Charles Roven confirmed:
Now we can’t wait to see what audiences think of the movie. We’ll find out soon, as The Suicide Squad will land in theaters and be able to stream on HBO Max beginning on August 6.
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