With only a month before its release, Justice League has officially been assigned a PG-13 rating.
DC films have always been known for having a darker tone than their Marvel counterparts, at least as of late, but they still have yet to release an R-rated, live-action film. DC will continue to stick with the PG-13 rating for Justice League, with many saying it will be much more light-hearted than most other DC films in recent years.
The rating has officially been updated on the Justice League website citing “sequences of Sci-Fi violence and action” as the reasoning for the rating. This rating is identical to all of DC’s most recent films, so it isn’t unreasonable to not expect much of a change to a more light-hearted movie.
Warner Bros. has said that they are not afraid of releasing a movie with an R rating, but many speculate that the first DC R-rated movie will be a film outside of the main continuity. It is reasonable to assume that Warner Bros. would likely experiment with an R rating outside of continuity before taking the jump on a main DC film.
Justice League will be coming off of Wonder Woman’s success, and its light-hearted tone seems to show that Warner Bros. has taken the necessary lessons from Wonder Woman, Batman v. Superman, and Suicide Squad. More humor has already been made evident in the Justice League trailers, especially between Batman and Aquaman.
Justice League will premier in theatres on Friday, November 17, 2017.