THE SUICIDE SQUAD Director James Gunn Confirms That The DC Movie Will Indeed Be R-Rated

We expected this to be the case, but The Suicide Squad director James Gunn has now reiterated that his first trip into the DC Extended Universe will indeed boast an R-Rating. Hit the jump for details...

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The Suicide Squad finished shooting a while back, and writer/director James Gunn is already hard at work on the Peacemaker spinoff series starring John Cena. That's heading straight to HBO Max, while the movie itself  - a loose sequel to 2016's Suicide Squad, but a project mostly standalone in nature based on Gunn's past comments - will play in theaters and on the streaming service at the same time.

We've been hearing rumblings for a while now that The Suicide Squad will boast an R-Rating, and Gunn has now made that official while responding to a fan on social media. This isn't overly surprising, but comes as a welcome confirmation regardless; Suicide Squad arguably suffered from being PG-13, and with an R, Gunn has the chance to embrace the craziness and violence associated with Task Force X.

Check out Gunn's Tweet below:

This confirmation from the filmmaker comes shortly after he debunked rumours about the Peacemaker TV series coming to HBO Max. A report surfaced online that the plan was for the show to air on The CW as well as the streaming service, which would have been a strange decision when WarnerMedia is looking to attract subscribers.
It sounds like Peacemaker will also feature the sort of content that necessitates an R-Rating! 

Check out a ranking of each DCEU movie - according to
Rotten Tomatoes - by clicking the "Next" button below!

8. Suicide Squad

Score: 26%

Rotten or Fresh? Rotten

Critics Consensus: Suicide Squad boasts a talented cast and a little more humor than previous DCEU efforts, but they aren't enough to save the disappointing end result from a muddled plot, thinly written characters, and choppy directing.

Task Force X's debut was a box office hit, but issues behind the scenes meant that the finished product was something of a mess. There was a lot here that worked, and it's a shame critics mostly focused on what didn't, especially as the dynamic between these villains was a blast to follow. Ultimately, it was Harley Quinn and Deadshot who stole the show thanks to Margot Robbie and Will Smith.

7. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Score: 28%

Rotten or Fresh? Rotten

Critics Consensus: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice smothers a potentially powerful story -- and some of America's most iconic superheroes -- in a grim whirlwind of effects-driven action.

It may have been vastly different from what Marvel Studios delivered in terms of tone, but Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice didn't deserve the negative reviews it received, even if there were some questionable creative decisions (Batman should never kill). Seeing the Man of Steel go to war with the Dark Knight was a blast, and from a visual standpoint, Zack Snyder delivered a stunning, must-see epic movie. 

6. Justice League

Score: 40%

Rotten or Fresh? Rotten

Critics Consensus: Justice League leaps over a number of DC movies, but its single bound isn't enough to shed the murky aesthetic, thin characters, and chaotic action that continue to dog the franchise.

Justice League was a mixture of two competing visions (Zack Snyder's original movie and Joss Whedon's extensive reshoots), but it certainly wasn't the worst superhero movie ever released! Whedon's hopeful take on Superman was welcomed, but the cheesy humour was not, and Steppenwolf proved to be a major disappointment. It will be interesting seeing how "The Snyder Cut" fares when it hits HBO Max next year.

5. Man of Steel

Score: 56%

Rotten or Fresh? Rotten

Critics Consensus: Man of Steel's exhilarating action and spectacle can't fully overcome its detours into generic blockbuster territory.

Considered the best big screen take on Superman by many fans, critics weren't quite what to make of a darker take on this character in Man of Steel (General Zod's death remains a huge talking point even seven years later). There were a tonne of iconic moments, though, including Superman taking flight for the first time and that memorable final reveal that he'd donned a pair of glasses to work at The Daily Planet.

4. Aquaman - TIED

Score: 65%

Rotten or Fresh? Fresh

Critics Consensus: Aquaman swims with its entertainingly ludicrous tide, offering up CGI superhero spectacle that delivers energetic action with an emphasis on good old-fashioned fun.

Aquaman was definitely a step in the right direction for the DC Extended Universe, but not even that made many critics happy! There were heaps of incredible visuals, lots of groundbreaking technology, and some legitimately funny jokes, and the action was definitely strong. It sometimes tried a little too hard to be a Marvel movie, though, so that could explain why it wasn't ultimately "Certified Fresh."

4. Wonder Woman 1984 - TIED 

Score: 65%

Rotten or Fresh? Fresh

Critics Consensus: Wonder Woman 1984 struggles with sequel overload, but still offers enough vibrant escapism to satisfy fans of the franchise and its classic central character.

A couple of weeks ago, Wonder Woman 1984 had a score in the high 80s and a completely different Critics Consensus to the one you've read about...oh, and it was "Certified Fresh" as well! That's all changed in the past couple of weeks, hence why this sequel is tied with Aquaman. That's not a bad place to be, but it's clearly not been as well-received as its predecessor based on this rating for the movie.

3. Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

Score: 78%

Rotten or Fresh? Certified Fresh

Critics Consensus: With a fresh perspective, some new friends, and loads of fast-paced action, Birds of Prey captures the colorfully anarchic spirit of Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn.

Birds of Prey flopped at the box office, but was exactly the movie critics were looking for...well, mostly! While not quite a critical darling, Cathy Yan's unique take on the vibrant world of Harley Quinn was positively received, even if comic book fans were disappointed. After all, the Birds of Prey were an afterthought, and it's clear reshoots made some big changes to the tone of this adventure and how the story played out.

2. Shazam!

Score: 90%

Rotten or Fresh? Certified Fresh

Critics Consensus: An effortlessly entertaining blend of humor and heart, Shazam! is a superhero movie that never forgets the genre's real power: joyous wish fulfillment.

The most Marvel-style DCEU movie to date, Shazam! was a legitimately very funny origin story for this character, but also one that featured a lot of heart. Given how weak the Seven Deadly Sins were as villains - and how rushed the introduction of the Shazam Family was - this score seems a little too high, but there's no getting around the fact that David F. Sandberg delivered an awesome take on this fan-favourite superhero.

1. Wonder Woman

Score: 93%

Rotten or Fresh? Certified Fresh

Critics Consensus: Thrilling, earnest, and buoyed by Gal Gadot's charismatic performance, Wonder Woman succeeds in spectacular fashion.

Still considered the best DCEU movie by many, Patty Jenkins definitely exceeded expectations with Wonder Woman and will hopefully do the same again with Wonder Woman 1984. Making it clear that female-led superhero blockbusters can work, the 2017 release was a lot of fun, features a great cast, and an unforgettable - and now iconic scene courtesy of that "No Man's Land" sequence set during WWI. 

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