Relax, The Batman’s PG-13 rating isn’t a problem

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Matt Reeves’ Batman It’s officially rated PG-13—and some fans aren’t happy.

“Batman deserves an R rating!” One Twitter user said while one more suggested that “no one wants a Batman who isn’t in his full glory: dark, gritty, mature, grim.”


Others noted Warner Bros. Studios’ apparent desire to open screenings of The Batman to as many punters as possible, including children: “Weird [decision] but can be inferred,” a the user wrote.

But devotees of The Caped Crusader need not fear. Robert Pattinson’s take on the iconic character certainly won’t be hampered by a PG-13 rating for a number of reasons.

First, a PG-13 rating (as awarded by the US Board of Classifications, MPAA) still refers to “strong violent and disturbing content, drug content, strong language, and some suggestive material” in a film. allows.

So Batman is likely to maintain the gritty tone established by his trailers for now. It won’t be bloody — the red stuff requires a higher age rating — but the ground-and-pound fighting style of Pattinson’s Batman is set to ensure that Reeves’ vision of Gotham lives up to its billing as the darkest. Is.

Robert Pattinson in the first trailer for The Batman

Second – and perhaps most importantly – The Batman is the eighth consecutive standalone Batman film to receive a PG-13 rating in America. Yes true. This means that Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns, Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, and Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises all received the same certificate.

Remember the scary face of the Scarecrow, the plot to take the Joker hostage, the barbecued face of Harvey Dent, and Bane’s public execution of a nuclear physicist? All PG-13.

history of violence

Director Matt Reeves, in particular, is also known for pushing the boundaries of the PG-13 rating to the absolute limit.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes, along with the invasion thriller Cloverfield, are often extremely dark, each with scenes that don’t exactly scream kid-friendly.

For those who are concerned that Batman will be a sacrosanct, thrill-free adventure through Gotham’s underbelly, then there is nothing to fear. In 2022, the PG-13 rating is less synonymous with ball pit entertainment and more opportunity for Reeves & Co. To share your thoughts on the Batman legend with as many viewers as possible.

Rest assured, Robert Pattinson’s Dark Knight Will His hands will be dirty when the film releases in theaters on March 4 – there will be no blood to clean.

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