The Batman has been officially given a PG-13 classification for violence and unsettling themes, just a few months before its debut. Robert Pattinson dons the Bat-suit to fight the corruption that plagues Gotham City in the long-awaited DC Comics picture.
The Caped Crusader, played by Pattinson, will face up against famous Batman foes including the Riddler (Paul Dano) and the Penguin (Colin Farrell). The latest Batman film is directed by Matt Reeves and is supposed to be set in a standalone universe with no ties to other DCEU films.
While the next picture is unrelated to previous Batman films, it does have a comparable MPAA classification. Both Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman and 1992 Batman Returns had a PG-13 classification when they were released. PG-13 was also given to Joel Schumacher’s 1995 Batman Forever and 1997 Batman & Robin. Moving forward a few years, Christopher Nolan’s three-film trilogy, Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Dark Knight Rises (2012), obtained the same PG-13 classification.
The next Pattinson-led Batman film has also received a similar grade, following in the footsteps of its predecessors. Batman has acquired an MPAA rating, according to FilmRatings.com. The film is classified PG-13, as expected. According to the website, the film’s rating is based on “strong violent and disturbing content, drug content, strong language, and some suggestive material.”
While early reports suggested the picture might be given an R classification, this appeared improbable given Warner Bros.’ desire for their big-budget production to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. Despite the success of the Joaquin Phoenix-led 2019 Joker film, which was given an R classification, The Batman doesn’t appear to be violent enough to merit one.
Nonetheless, the film continues to push the bounds of the PG-13 rating, as evidenced by the way Vengeance destroys helpless henchmen in the trailer, as well as the fact that it is about a vicious serial murderer in the vein of the Joker.
Keeping the previous Batman films’ PG-13 rating appears to be a win-win situation for Warner Bros. As a result, the film’s creators are able to include lots of action and violence without alienating potential viewers. While some fans were expecting an R rating, the well-choreographed battle sequences will most certainly suffice. When The Batman is released on March 4, 2022, fans can expect to see the Caped Crusader annihilate his foes.