Only a few months lefts till its debut, The Batman has been officially rated PG-13, which is not something surprising to its fans. Viewers are counting down for Robert Pattinson in the Bat-suit in the long-awaited DC Comics movie to fight against Gotham City’s serious corruption. Pattinson’s Caped Crusader will face up against legendary Batman foes including the Riddler (Paul Dano) and the Penguin (Colin Farrell). The most recent Batman film, directed by Matt Reeves, is supposed to be set in an independent universe with no link to any previous DCEU film.
While the next movie is unrelated to prior Batman films, it does have a comparable MPAA classification. Going all the way back to Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman and 1992 Batman Returns, both films were rated PG-13. Similarly, Joel Schumacher’s 1995 Batman Forever and 1997 Batman & Robin were both rated PG-13. Moving forward years ago, Christopher Nolan’s considerably darker portrayal of the Caped Crusader obtained the same PG-13 classification for his iconic three-film trilogy, which included Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Following closely its predecessors, the next Batman film led by Pattinson has received a similar grade.
According to FilmRatings.com, “The Batman” has gotten an MPAA rating, classified as PG-13, as predicted. The site assumed The Batman as “strong violent and disturbing content, drug content, strong language, and some suggestive material”.
Meanwhile, early reports suggested that the movie might be rated R which appeared improbable given that Warner Bros. desires their big-budget production to reach as many viewers as possible. Despite the popularity of the 2019 Joker film (starring Joaquin Phoenix), which obtained an R classification, The Batman is likely not violent enough to merit one. However, the film is still attempting to break the limitation of the PG-13 rating, which is obvious from the way Vengeance destroys useless lackeys in the trailer, as well as the fact that the film focuses on a vicious serial murderer who is in the vein of the Joker.
Maintaining the PG-13 rating of earlier Batman films appears to be a win-win case for Warner Bros. This permits the film’s writers to include lots of violent scenes without alienating potential viewers. The well-choreographed battle sequences will most certainly satisfy those fans who got disappointed to know The Batman is not an R-rated movie. Fans can also expect to see the Caped Crusader annihilate his foes when The Batman arrives in theaters on March 4, 2022.