R Ratings Expected for ‘The Suicide Squad’ and ‘Birds of Prey’ After ‘Joker’ Success

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Joker has earned a massive $US1.03 billion worldwide, making it the most profitable comic book of all time and the first R-rated (US classification) film to cross the billion-dollar mark.

And with film’s such as Deadpool and Logan proving to be huge hits with higher ratings, it’s clear that audiences are more than willing to fork out that cash for more adult-oriented comic book fare. Naturally, Joker studio Warner Bros. wants to repeat the success, and they’ve got hopes for two big DC films.

James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad and Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey are both expected to get an R rating in the US. According to a report by Variety, analysts believe that WB is eyeing a “smart strategy” by continuing with higher rated DC films, particularly with the big question mark surrounding whether Disney will move forward with the R-rated moves 20th Century Fox was making – with aforementioned titles Deadpool and Logan – now that it’s all under their roof. There’s also Disney-owned Marvel, who have been doing very well without hitting higher ratings and so far don’t show a sign of bloodying their fists anytime soon.

“There’s a huge appetite for R-rated superhero movies and if Marvel isn’t going to step up, that presents an opening for DC to tap into that audience,” Variety quotes Exhibitor Relations analyst Jeff Bock as saying.

Birds of Prey will be the next DC movie off the shelf, arriving in Australia on February 6 and opening in the US on February 7, 2020. The Suicide Squad arrives on August 5 and opens in the US on August 6, 2021.

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