The upcoming DCEU film, The Birds of Prey, has officially been given an R rating by the Motion Pictures Association of America (MPAA).
This rating may come as no surprise to many, as moviegoers have come to expect somewhat edgy content from films these days, but when taken in the context of a comic book-based movie, it was somewhat surprising. It was actually being speculated that the film would prove to be somewhat tame, compared to the recent smash hit Joker.
As fans may recall, we were first introduced to Harley Quinn, the troubled yet charismatic love interest of the Joker in the Suicide Squad. Actress Margot Robbie masterfully portrayed the character. Even though the movie was somewhat rife with violence, it was still able to garner a rating of PG-13.
Robbie’s portrayal of Quinn was such a standout performance that fans clamored, even more, to see a stand-alone Harley Quinn film be made. Although Birds of Prey is not being billed as a direct sequel to Suicide Squad, it will show the backstory for Robbie’s titular character.
Also, the film is not expected to be focused solely on the Quinn character, instead exploring various other main characters as well. Those include Huntress, Black Canary, and Cassandra Cain.
It is listed on the IMDb as having been given an R rating by the MPAA. The reasoning stated is that of:
“strong violence and language throughout, and some sexual and drug material.”
This will mean that Birds Of Prey will officially be the first entry into the DCEU to garner an R rating, suggesting that it will be somewhat provocative in nature. It would seem that the opening weekend projections for Birds of Prey are not looking good, with it actually coming in as possibly being an opening weekend flop.