It’s official: The Batman is done, in the can, and has been rated. According to FilmRatings.com, the MPAA has handed the upcoming DC movie an official rating. And, while it doesn’t necessarily come as a surprise, it may disappoint a select few that thought Warner Bros. and director Matt Reeves might push the envelope a bit with this one.
Per the MPAA, The Batman is officially rated PG-13. So, it won’t be taking Robert Pattinson’s Dark Knight in an R-rated direction. While the trailers have certainly painted the movie as a dark and especially gritty, take on the franchise, it won’t be that dark. It’s not going into Logan or The Suicide Squad territory. The MPAA’s reasoning is as follows.
“Rated PG-13 for strong violent and disturbing content, drug content, strong language, and some suggestive material. “
Again, the trailers have certainly suggested much of this. Though the drug content may be a bit of a mystery. Pattinson’s Batman seems very violent, strong language comes with the package, and suggestive material is about as far as we can go without going R.
Here is the synopsis for The Batman.
“The Batman is an edgy, action-packed thriller that depicts Batman in his early years, struggling to balance rage with righteousness as he investigates a disturbing mystery that has terrorized Gotham. Robert Pattinson delivers a raw, intense portrayal of Batman as a disillusioned, desperate vigilante awakened by the realization that the anger consuming him makes him no better than the ruthless serial killer he’s hunting.”
Reeves (Cloverfield) directed and co-wrote the movie. It has been delayed several times due to the pandemic but is expected to hit its current release date. Peter Craig wrote the script with Reeves, who also serves as a producer. Michael E. Uslan, Walter Hamada, Chantal Nong Vo and Simon Emanuel serving as executive producers.
The cast also includes Zoë Kravitz (Big Little Lies, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald) as Selina Kyle; Paul Dano (Love & Mercy, 12 Years a Slave) as Riddler; Jeffrey Wright (No Time to Die, Westworld) as James Gordon; John Turturro (the Transformers films, The Plot Against America) as Carmine Falcone; Peter Sarsgaard (The Magnificent Seven, Interrogation) as Gil Colson; Jayme Lawson (Farewell Amor) as Bella Reál; Andy Serkis (the Planet of the Apes films, Black Panther) as Alfred; and Colin Farrell (The Gentlemen, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) as Penguin.
The Batman is set to arrive in theaters on March 4, 2022.