The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves and starring Robert Pattinson, will be released in theatres next month with a PG-13 classification, and the writer-director affirms that no “R-rated” version of the picture exists.
Matt Reeves explained why his gritty take on the Dark Knight doesn’t have an R classification and was always intended to be a PG-13 film that appeals to a wide variety of viewers in the latest edition of Den of Geek magazine. “In my mind, the movie was always going to be a gritty, edgy, noir, thrilling spectacle that was PG-13,” Matt Reeves told the magazine. “That was always what it was, but I always knew that we’d be pushing the limits of what that could be, and so we didn’t really have to cut anything. The promotional materials that you’re seeing, they’re fully reflective of the tone of the movie,” he said.
“There isn’t any special edit of this movie where that’s like, ‘Oh yes, here’s the R rating that you’re badly wanting,” the filmmaker remarked of the film’s rating as well as director’s special cuts. I didn’t have had to start significantly editing the movie on the spot or anything.”
According to Variety, The Batman “was able to get a PG-13 rating rather than an R-rating since it doesn’t have excessive foul language or nuance,” whereas previous DC films such as Zack Synder’s Justice League received an R rating at HBO Max, and Birds of Prey, Joker, as well as the Suicide Squad, have all been rated R.
All four Batman movies released before the year 2000 were classified PG-13, as were Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy as well as Ben Affleck’s Batman’s theatrical appearances inside the DCEU.
“I’m happy we got the rating because I want people to be able to come to see the movie,” Matt Reeves further told the magazine. “But as far as people being excited about the tone that they’ve been seeing in the promotion materials, that is totally faithful for the tone of the movie.”
The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson, will be released in theatres on March 4, 2022. With perhaps a cast which contains Colin Farrell as The Penguin, Paul Dano as The Riddler, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson, Jayme Lawson as Bella Real, Barry Keoghan as Officer Stanley Merkel, as well as Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, Matt Reeves’ “gritty, edgy, noir, thrilling spectacle” would see an entirely new take upon that characters.