With Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. backed away from the original idea for the film late in its production.
In the wake of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice being panned by critics, Warner Bros. discovered the desired tone of films to be more in the vein of Deadpool — which released a month prior — than the dark approach offered by the Affleck versus Cavill brawler.
Earlier, Warner Bros. screened a Suicide Squad trailer at San Diego Comic Con in 2015 which was loaded with the film’s most “fun” parts at the time. The reaction to the trailer was thrilling. Fans took to social media to share their excitement and it appeared the film would be a hit but, apparently, all of the “fun” parts of the film were in that trailer.
Bring on the re-shoots and Suicide Squad goes from a movie which was possibly bordering an R-rating and is locked into a PG-13 film with jokes sprinkled throughout its final cut. Many compared the tone, musical choices, and jokes to Marvel’s comedic adventure film Guardians of the Galaxy. The best parts of Suicide Squad, however, would turn out to be the gritty and character driven elements.
It’s hard to imagine fans rooting for the Suicide Squad sequel to retain a PG-13 rating when they have been exposed to how much well R-rated super hero films can be done. If the same lesson is to be applied to the Joker movie, Martin Scorsese might be producing an R-rated take on the character.
Speaking of Scorsese, take at look at his resume. His best titles fall under an R-rating.
To top it off, if the studio is aiming to keep the DC Extended Universe (which will house the iconic DC Comics characters and allow for crossovers and the proper build-up to titles like Flashpoint) rated PG-13 and family friendly, the Joker origin story offers the opportunity to push the boundaries in separate isolated, standalone universes which won’t affect the characters portrayed by Leto, Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Ben Affleck, and so on.